In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Piper Demands Payment









It's coming! The Southwest drought that began in 1999 has caused reservoir levels in the Southwest to plummet. Climate change is the cause most likely.

Read the report here

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

A Landslide in Columbia - In a Landfill!


Landslides are so interesting! I subscribe to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Landslide Blog and get a report every morning detailing some kind of landslide around the world. This morning, there is news of landslide in Bogota, Columbia in a landfill. See here.

If you would like to subscribe to the AGU's Landslide Blog, see the link here.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Latest Image from Hubbell

Credit...By NASA, ESA and STScI

The Large Magellanic Cloud can be seen from the Southern Hemisphere on Earth.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Incredible Story of the White Island (New Zealand) Volcanic Eruption of December, 2019

Screen capture from video taken offshore during the eruption

Outside Magazine has published a detailed and informative first-hand account of the fatal steam blast eruption of New Zealand's White Island that occurred in December, 2019. You can access the story here. Warning - the story is quite graphic about rescuers arriving on scene inside the crater after the blast. Please be sure to click on the video link provided in the story detailing the photographic journey of one Brazilian tourist who was there.

It was December 9 and a beautifully clear New Zealand day. At 2:11 PM, the volcano let loose. GNS Science is New Zealand's provider of Earth and geoscience information and hosts GeoNet. Here is a description of the White Island volcano from GeoNet. If you are going to visit New Zealand and are interested in geology, GeoNet is a fantastic resource for all things geologic.

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Australian Summer Leads to Extreme Coral Bleaching Event


This past Southern Hemisphere summer has led to an extreme coral bleaching event at Australia's famed Great Barrier Reef. You can read about the preliminary findings here. This is the 3rd bleaching event on the Reef in the last five years. From the graph above, it appears that most of the severe bleaching has occurred along the southern half of the 1,600 mile-long series of reefs. Coral reefs and bleaching events can be good indicators of warming climates (as if there is a need for additional indicators).

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Pale Blue Dot Revisited

On Valentine's Day, 1990 the Voyager space craft. some 3 billion miles from Earth, snapped a picture of our planet. NASA has updated the photo and the complete story is here.

Yep. As Carl Sagan wrote of this image: "That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

The "here" is the tiny blue dot inside the sunbeam that runs up and down the photo.