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It’s Sedimentary, My Dear Watson!

Geology, Earth science, and natural history are fun and fascinating! I'm incredibly passionate about the amazing stories the Earth has to tell us! In the blog posts below, you'll find content covering the spectrum of introductory geology to more advanced topics. You can also check out what I'm currently researching and learn more about myself!

GSA, isotopes

Discovering sources of Roman silver coinage from the Iberian Peninsula

via Discovering sources of Roman silver coinage from the Iberian Peninsula Boulder, Colo., USA: Despite its prior status as a luxury commodity, silver became widely used for coinage in the Roman world from the 7th century BCE onward and provided a standardized monetary system for ancient Mediterranean civilizations. However, the sources of silver used to… Continue reading Discovering sources of Roman silver coinage from the Iberian Peninsula

geology of disney

Looking at Walt Disney World with Lidar!

OpenTopography provides access to USGS 3DEP lidar data, and there just so happens to be lidar coverage of the whole Walt Disney World resort! Take a unique 3D look at some iconic features across Walt Disney World! The images are lidar 3D point clouds viewed in the online Potree viewer via OpenTopography. Lidar 3D point… Continue reading Looking at Walt Disney World with Lidar!

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Lake Formation and Expansion Due to Sea-Level Rise Causes Freshwater Resource Depletion on Small Islands

via Lake Formation and Expansion Due to Sea-Level Rise Causes Freshwater Resource Depletion on Small Islands Portland, Ore., USA: Coastal regions and small ocean islands face significant risks from rising sea levels due to climate change, because waters can flood and inundate low-lying land surfaces. “Climate change has become a more critical issue recently, especially… Continue reading Lake Formation and Expansion Due to Sea-Level Rise Causes Freshwater Resource Depletion on Small Islands

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Dams disproportionately removed from areas with more non-Hispanic white residents

via Dams disproportionately removed from areas with more non-Hispanic white residents Portland, Ore., USA: Since the 1970s, dams have been removed from the U.S. at an increasing rate, with the aim to improve the ecology of river ecosystems, fish migration pathways, water quality, and recreation spaces. “We have about 90,000 dams here in the United States… Continue reading Dams disproportionately removed from areas with more non-Hispanic white residents

Blog, GSA, mars

Rocks on Floor of Jezero Crater, Mars, Show Signs of Sustained Interactions with Water

via Rocks on Floor of Jezero Crater, Mars, Show Signs of Sustained Interactions with Water Portland, Ore., USA: Since the Perseverance rover landed in Jezero crater on Mars in February, the rover and its team of scientists back on Earth have been hard at work exploring the floor of the crater that once held an… Continue reading Rocks on Floor of Jezero Crater, Mars, Show Signs of Sustained Interactions with Water

Blog, GSA, paleoanthropology, paleoclimate

Records from Lake Magadi, Kenya, suggest environmental variability driven by changes in Earth’s orbit

via Records from Lake Magadi, Kenya, suggest environmental variability driven by changes in Earth’s orbit Boulder, Colo., USA: Rift Valley lakes within eastern Africa range from freshwater to highly alkaline systems and are homes to diverse ecosystems. These Rift Valley lakes are also sedimentary repositories, yielding a high-resolution environmental record that can be targeted to… Continue reading Records from Lake Magadi, Kenya, suggest environmental variability driven by changes in Earth’s orbit

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Join me on TikTok @azurite.emily !

I've been making YouTube videos for years, but now I thought it would be fun to get into more short-form videos on TikTok! Join me for tons of geology and Earth science fun! https://www.tiktok.com/@azurite.emily/video/6959614128965143814?is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v1&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6898752795400046085 https://www.tiktok.com/@azurite.emily/video/6958199634644716806?is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v1&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6898752795400046085

arizona, geomorphology, structure

Understanding Earth Fissures: A Man-Made Geohazard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SXaMH8gV6I Earth fissures are long, narrow cracks in the ground that form where the ground is sinking. They can erode very quickly, posing a hazard to nearby infrastructure. In Arizona, land subsidence--the sinking of the earth--is caused by groundwater withdrawal, meaning that earth fissures are a man-made--or anthropogenic--hazard. This video that I made as part… Continue reading Understanding Earth Fissures: A Man-Made Geohazard

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A Greener Sahara: Ancient Oases and Prehistoric Human Habitation in the Modern Desert

via A Greener Sahara: Ancient Oases and Prehistoric Human Habitation in the Modern Desert I was able to interview Dr. Kathleen Nicoll, an Associate Professor at the University of Utah, as part of the Geological Society of American Science Communication Internship. You can learn about some of the research Dr. Nicoll works on in the… Continue reading A Greener Sahara: Ancient Oases and Prehistoric Human Habitation in the Modern Desert