Sunday, May 24, 2015

Best Thing You Will See Online May 24, 2015

New York State of Mind Cover.

New York Quiz Answers Revealed!

The new World Trade Center Building. Photo
by Bob Brinkmann.
On Wednesday, I posted a New York quiz to commemorate the board meeting of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute that was held in New York City for the first time in its history. Check out the quiz here. The answers are below.

1. Manhattan Schist.

2. Second.

3. Hawaii, the Big Island.

4. Fourth.

5. End moraine.

6. This is a trick question. It wasn't officially a hurricane. It was officially classified as a post tropical storm. However, it packed winds of a Category 2 hurricane.

7. Lisa Minnelli.

8. 468.

9. de Blasio; Cuomo; Gillibrand and Schumer.

10. Hofstra University.

11. Brooklyn Heights.

12. 30 degrees.

13. Theodore Roosevelt.

14. Lincoln Center.

15. Olmsted.

16. Hudson and East Rivers.

17. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The only one attached to the continent is The Bronx.

18. LGBT rights movement. Stonewall is a gay bar that is still open. The police raided the bar which led to the riot.

19. Robert Moses.

20. The Cotton Club.

21. Staten Island. 400 feet.

22. 11th; roughly the same population as Virginia.

23. They occurred when poor immigrants rioted against the Union draft rules in Manhattan during the Civil War.

24. Dutch.

25. U.S. Grant.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Best Thing You Will See Online May 23, 2015

Sinkhole vs. corvettes.

Even Tiger Woods Could Make this Putt Into a Missouri Sinkhole

Missouri is home to hundreds of caves such as Meramec
Caverns in this photo. These caves are quite safe.
However, on occasion, sinkholes form when cave roofs
collapse. The sinkhole on the golf course in Branson likely
formed from a cave roof collapse.
Click for photo credit.
Many media outlets are reporting on a giant sinkhole that opened up near a golf course near Branson, Missouri. The hole is really a series of sinkholes that coalesced to form a giant. According to the report in USA Today, it is 80 feet wide and 35 feet deep.

The first big cave I ever went into was in Missouri. The state is heavily impacted by karstification and caves are common in many places. Sometimes, cave roofs collapse to create dramatic sinkholes. This seems to be what happened to form this monster.

Karst landscapes undergo tremendous changes over relatively short geologic time and are among the most active landscapes in the world.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Worst Thing You Will See Online May 22, 2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill

California Oil Spill Makes Case for Renewables

Santa Barbara beach. Click for photo credit.
The latest oil spill in Santa Barbara makes the case the we need to move as rapidly as possible into renewable energy. The spill happened when a leak occurred in an onshore pipeline that moved oil into a refinery. The spill was relatively small compared to many others around the country (Deepwater Horizon anyone?), but it was devastating. I remember quite vividly when an oil spill occurred off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida. Many animals were killed or injured back in the 1990's. When these spills happen, no matter the size, the problems can last for years. I remember going to the beach years after the spill and sticking my feet in oily balls of sand.

There's that old saying, no one has ever heard of a solar energy spill.

While we all know that oil is going to be in our energy portfolio for years to come, I think we can all do more to try to reduce energy consumption whenever possible. Let's all take this latest event as a message.