Geology in the News, 1999

NOTE: I've eliminated outdated items: i.e., there was new information; or those where the link was removed by journals/newspapers with a short archival time; or they started asking money for their stories.

  • December 21, 1999. The floods and mudslides in Venezuela are not entirely a "natural" disaster. Story from BBC News OnLine.

  • December 15, 1999. Collapsing andesite volcanoes. Brief news item about the dangers of collapsing andesite volcanoes, from the San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, December 15, 1999.

  • December 15, 1999. World seismic threat map. World seismic threat map, from the San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, December 15, 1999.

  • November 28, 1999. New results from Jupiter's moon Io. The data from the first close flyby of the spacecraft Galileo have now been interpreted at JPL. They show astonishing levels of volcanism, with new surprising details. Meanwhile, Galileo has survived an even closer second encounter.

  • December 8, 1999. Aftermath of the 1997 Assisi earthquake in Italy. Which do you restore first? The medieval Basilica, or the homes of 40,000 people? It's a no-brainer: you restore the Basilica first!

  • November 12, 1999. Mount Everest is higher than we thought. Story from BBC News OnLine.

  • November 5, 1999. New study of New Madrid earthquake zone. The New Madrid earthquakes devastated parts of the Mississippi Valley in 1811-1812. A new study helps to quantify the current threat.

  • October 15, 1999. S.F. Bay Area homes are not ready for a big quake. Story from the San Francisco Chronicle, with other stories to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the "World Series Quake", the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.

  • October 12, 1999. Gene Shoemaker is buried on the Moon. In all the hoopla about the Lunar Prospector spacecraft being crashed into the Moon in the hope that it would stir up some ice crystals, a rather neat story is being lost. Gene Shoemaker, a very famous geologist, always wanted to be an astronaut but could not. So his friends arranged to have his ashes sent with the spacecraft, so Gene becomes the first person (and first geologist) to be buried on the Moon.

  • September 30, 1999. How hot is the Earth's core? 5500 C, according to a new estimate. [Hotter than previously estimated.]

  • September 28, 1999. Earthquakes. A background article from the New York Times.

  • September 20-24, 1999. Major earthquake hits Taiwan. Report from earthquake experts at Kyoto University, with astonishing pictures.

  • September 17, 1999. Beware of little nasty comets. BBC News OnLine.

  • September 8, 1999. The Athens earthquake.

  • August 17, 1999, THE TURKISH EARTHQUAKE.
    By October 18th, the official death toll had passed 17,000, well within the top 100 earth-based disasters of history (most of which are earthquakes). The huge death toll is a combination of the geological setting of the earthquake, on one of the largest San Andreas-type faults of the world, plus shoddy construction, plus an ability to ignore history.

  • August 14, 1999. The Papua New Guinea tsunami. A new interpretation of the origin of the Papua New Guinea tsunami, as a submarine slide rather than an earthquake. From Science News.

  • August 10, 1999. Sands on Mars. The shifting sands of Mars:, a press release from NASA.

  • June 11, 1999. Mono Lake and Mars. Why are planetary scientists studying Mono Lake? Because it may give them clues about the surface of Mars. Here is a NASA briefing about the research of Jack Farmer (Ph.D. from UC Davis Geology Department, by the way).

  • March 20, 1999. The Earth's interior. Our very own Louise Kellogg's research on the Earth's interior!, from Science News.

  • March 9, 1999. The Mars Surveyor. Results from the Mars Surveyor spacecraft, from the New York Times.

    [Links last checked January 2009 by RC.]

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