What’s up? The Friday links (31)

Elsevier is facing ongoing protests, especially from the blogosphere. Not only did thousands of scientists sign the boycott (no publishing, no reviewing, no editorial work), but more issues come up step by step. How much is an open access article? $0? Nope. Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week found out it’s 10.88 GBP (~13 €). Amazing.

Our colleague Max Arndt from the Structural Geology-Tectonics-Geomechanics group of RWTH Aachen University, the proudest godfather in the world (own description), has started his own Geoblog: livin2dmax will be about his PhD work, Oman, interesting science stuff and the little things in academic life.

He also pointed me to that great invention (it’s Microsoft, but worth a look!): The NUIverse application for displaying space data with a fantastic user interface.

The breaking news about the M7.4 Mexico earthquake scared me. Remember the 1985 Mexico city EQ which killed 10,000 people. We still have in mind the M7.2 Haiti event with an incredible horrible death toll. It seems like infrastructure and private property now suffered a lot, but until now I heard no news about any fatalities. This is great news from an event which I thought could be far worse.

I already mentioned my trip to Greece, here’s another nice picture of a fault in Neogene sediments:

A tiny little fault in the Alfeios Basin, Greece. Sandstone in the footwall, marls in the hanging wall. Offset around 3-7 m.

Spanish researchers are threatened by public deficit control measures. The government needs to save money and seems to be going for cuts in the education/research sector. If you want to help your spanish colleagues, you can sign an online petition here: http://www.investigaciondigna.es/wordpress/sign

I received some good news last week – our paper on geophysics and borehole camera investigations for karst is available online now (unedited):

Vadillo, I., Benavente, J., Neukum, C., Grützner, C., Carrasco, F., Azzam, R., Liñán, C., Reicherter, K., 2012. Surface Geophysics and borehole inspection as an aid to characterizing karst voids and vadose ventilation patterns (Nerja research site, S. Spain). Journal of Applied Geophysics, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2012.03.006

We used the capacitive coupled geoelectrics system OhmMapper – great if you only need shallow penetration and if you can’t stick electrodes into the ground. Data density is comparable low (five data points only in the entire depths range that can be between 1.5 – 20 m), but measurements are fast and it works pretty good on highly resistive surfaces like arid soils, hardrock, sand, ice, sealed urban areas etc. Thank you, danke and muchissima gracias to all the authors, it was a good time!

One last thing: this one is not only some nice action video, but has great geology!

Speed Fly, Fisher Towers, Moab UT from Marshall Miller on Vimeo.

Have a nice weekend!

Who was it?

Christoph Grützner
works at the Neotectonics and Natural Hazards Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He likes the Mediterranean and uses geophysics to search for ancient earthquakes.