A New Estimate of the Average Earth Surface Land Temperature

A New Estimate of the Average Earth Surface Land Temperature Spanning 1753 to 2011

Some warn you of flooding and storm;
Some say there’s no cause for alarm.
So we re-ran all the stats,
And hold on to your hats:
The weather is going to get warm.

Rohde, Robert; Muller, Richard A.; Jacobsen, Robert; Muller, Elizabeth; Perlmutter, Saul; Rosenfeld, Arthur; Wurtele, Jonathan; Groom, Donald; and Wickham, Charlotte (2012): A New Estimate of the Average Earth Surface Land Temperature Spanning 1753 to 2011. Draft of an article submitted to the Journal of Geophysical Research.

(Something very scary, in honor of the day!)

Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera

Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera: Insights from geochemistry of young volcanic units and monitoring of volcanic unrest
Featured science article at GSA Today

Rumbley tumbley,
Yellowstone Caldera
Someday is going to
Just up and explode.

Even with tools like
Geobarometry
We won’t have time to
Get out of the road.

Girard, Gillaume and Stix, John (2012). Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera: Insights from geochemistry of young volcanic units and monitoring of volcanic unrest. GSA Today v. 22 issue 9 pp. 4-10.

(you use two unfamiliar sesquipedalians in your abstract, you get a double dactyl.)

The Catatumbo Lightning

Microfísica del relámpago del Catatumbo
pdf en Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y El Caribe, España y Portugal (Redalyc)

In the clouds south of Lake Maracaibo
Are unending flashes of skyglow.
But spaceships it’s not!
It’s methane from rot,
From the swamps south of Lake Maracaibo.

Falcón, Nelson; Williams, Peter; Muñoz, Angel; Nader, Dia. (2000). Microfísica del relámpago del Catatumbo. Revista INGENIERÍA UC, junio.

This paper is in Spanish; I got through it on the strength of my schoolgirl Spanish, Google Translate, and how utterly cool the subject matter is. ymmv.

(Este papel es en español; yo comprendí en la fuerza de mi español muy mal de escuela, Google Translate, y mi entusiásmo por la sujeta [y también, mi español muy mal es más mejor que el resumen en inglés en la original!])

Lava Cooling at Heimaey

Lava-Cooling Operations During the 1973 Eruption of Eldfell Volcano, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-724
(html webpage)

Up north there’s a town called Heimaey,
And no-one’s as badass as they.
When the hot lava flows,
They just pull out a hose,
And the lava’s turned back by cold spray.

Citation:
Includes English translations of:
Þorbjörn Sigurgeirsson, 1974, Hraunkæling [Lava cooling]: Tíminn, 19 January 1974, p. 8, 9, and 13. Slightly revised version of a lecture given by Prof. Thorbjörn Sigurgeirsson at Norræna húsið; [Nordic House], Reykjavík, Iceland, on 4 November 1973. English translation by unknown U.S. Department of State translator. Additional translation and edit by Richard S. Williams, Jr., U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 025431598.

Valdimar Kr. Jónsson and Matthías Matthíasson, 1974, Hraunkæling á Heimaey – Verklegarframkvæmdir [Lava cooling on Heimaey – Methods and Procedures]: Tímarit Verkfræðingafélags Íslands, v. 59, no. 5, p. 70-81
and p. 83. English translation by Sigrún Rockmaker, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. Additional translation and edit by Richard S. Williams, Jr., U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543-1598.