Steep Mountain Slopes Have Surprisingly Long Lifetimes

Source: Geophysical Research Letters Gravity and rock physics say slopes steeper than about 30 ° —known as the critical threshold angle, or the angle of repose — shouldn’t really exist, yet they do. These steep slopes and near-vertical cliffs can be seen in the Himalayas and in Yosemite National Park, for example. For some geologists, … Read more

Half Mountain

An astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) photographed a small semicircular mountain in the Dasht-e Kavir Desert, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of the capital city of Tehran. The width of this image, taken with a 1150-millimeter lens, represents a distance of 17 kilometers (10 miles). Geologists have mapped this mountain as a … Read more


TSX.V: DMEUS OTC: DMEHFFrankfurt: QM01 VANCOUVER, BC, June 1, 2022 / PRNewswire / – DESERT MOUNTAIN ENERGY CORP. (the “Company”) (TSXV: DME) (OTC: DMEHF) (Frankfurt: QM01) From the President of the Company The Company is pleased to announce that it has added Marta Hodan Wasko as VP of Geology. Marta is a petroleum geologist with … Read more

Accretionary wedge turbidites from the Lost Coast – Mountain Beltway

My wife just got back from a backpacking trip along the Lost Coast of California, from Mattole to Shelter Cove. This is along the northern stretch of the San Andreas Fault, just south of the tectonic triple junction at Cape Mendocino. My wife was kind enough to document some of the geology along the coast … Read more

Scientists Took Hummingbirds Up a Mountain to See What Climate Change Would Do to Them

As temperatures around the world shift dramatically, wildlife are often being forced to relocate to find suitable habitats – and scientists are working hard to try and understand how many species might struggle with trying to find a new home. Animals going to higher ground face two issues: colder temperatures, and thinner, less oxygen-rich air … Read more

Thunder Mountain students show of their literary knowledge, with cake

Thunder Mountain High School student Abigail Sparks poses with the cake she made for her final project. Her creation was part of the school’s Great Literature Bake-Off on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Photo by Bridget Dowd / KTOO) From cake-pop pig heads to edible dinosaur cakes, the Thunder Mountain High School library was sweeter … Read more

New areas of Hood Mountain Regional Park to reopen this weekend after post-fire overhaul

The wait is over for outdoors lovers who’ve been yearning to get farther into Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Nine miles of trail and other areas closed by the 2020 Glass fire will reopen Saturday for the first time in 20 months. The Los Alamos Road entrance and parking lot on the … Read more

Ucore Mobilizes Geological Crew to Bokan Mountain as Prices for Heavy Rare Earth Oxides Continue to Rise

Ucore’s subcontracted geological team, Aurora Geosciences Ltd., is mobilizing for deployment to the Bokan Mountain Complex during the week of May 9, 2022, for Ucore’s Summer 2022 Resource Upgrade Program, a program intended to: The Bokan-Dotson Ridge Zone is enriched with heavy rare earth elements, including terbium and dysprosium, the two heavy rare earth elements … Read more

Wild Fluctuations in Sierra Nevada Snow – Alternating Extremes on California Mountain Range

April 24, 2022 The California mountain range alternated between extreme precipitation and none at all this winter. When it comes to mountain snow, the Sierra Nevada is notorious for booms and busts: One year can be exceptionally bad, while the next can be exceedingly good. However, in 2021-22, there were booms and busts all within … Read more

What is happening at the Red Mountain Expressway? We’ve got answers.

Red Mountain Expressway Cut. (Jeff E. Newman) One of Birmingham’s most iconic and busiest roadways is in the midst of a major facelift. In early April, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and a public / private partnership began work on the Elton B. Stephens Red Mountain Expressway and the famous “Red Mountain Cut.” We … Read more