Lithium is powering today's technology but at what price? 

Here is a link to an excellent story about lithium, its sources, uses, and impacts. @NatGeo truly brings the magazine to life in this online presentation. Irony is not lost though, as our iPads drive the demand.


When dynamic equilibrium loses its equilibrium

I attended a workshop on stream erosion.  Stream systems are customarily understood to be in a state of dynamic equilibrium.  Many historical maps and aerial photos show traces of former channels that have been abandoned over and again.  Today’s stream channel is temporary and dynamic.  As long as rainfall, runoff, sediment load, etc. remain fairly constant, then the system will find its own point of equilibrium- hence ‘dynamic equilibrium.’  Changing rainfall patterns, paving the soil etc. changes the system, throwing the equilibrium into a wobble.  Many streams are now unstable and seeking a stable configuration.  The result is erosion, flooding, sedimentation- often at significant costs.  So the workshop is important and the message is crucial.


Europa's Ocean Ascending

Literally Very Cool - modeling of crustal deformation of the icy crust of Europa.  See the entire gif here.


Lost Roman roads could be found as Environment Agency laser scans whole of England from air - The Telegraph

There are many technologies that are changing how we view the world.  We are accumulating vast quantities of rich, deep data.  I think it will take us a long time to grasp everything LIDAR will reveal to us.



USGS & CDC Estimate about 2.1 million people use wells high in arsenic

It's common to run into arsenic in soils and groundwater here in Midwest.  If you operate a well for your drinking water supply, get it tested.


Your state geological survey and local water monitoring council provide a lot of information on arsenic in drinking water - a great place to start for citizens with questions and concerns about arsenic in their drinking water.  Here is a link to the Indiana Water Monitoring Council's arsenic pages.