- Did Leonardo paint himself as Mona Lisa? – SeattlePI.com
Why did I add this article? A very loose tie-in with geophysics as the group of scientists plans to use small cameras and ground penetrating radar to confirm the presence of Da Vinci’s remains. They hope that if the French Government allows them to do carbon testing and DNA testing and if his skull is intact, they can take measurements on his skull and use forensic facial reconstruction techniques and compare them to the Mona Lisa to determine if it is really a self portrait in disguise.
- Kilbuck Township, PA Landslide (Former Proposed Walmart Site) Still Not Repaired – WPXI Pittsburgh
This was one I blogged about in the early days of GeoPrac back in 2006, and it’s still not fixed.
- Mining (Haiti) destruction for data to help others – latimes.com
‘The National Science Foundation, the primary funder of such missions, is now evaluating proposals from investigators hoping to study the geologic and engineering aspects of the quake, such as the way houses crumpled and how soil moved and changed.’
- Texas officials say failed wall not built to plan – Houston Chronicle
‘Assistant City Manager T.C. Broadnax wrote in an e-mail obtained by the San Antonio Express-News that inspectors’ field observations Friday found limestone was not mortared throughout the wall as plans called for.’
- Port of Seattle will pay $300M for viaduct replacement tunnel – Seattle Times Newspaper via ASCE SmartBrief
- Huge hydroelectric dam approved in Brazil’s Amazon | Reuters – via ASCE SmartBrief
- VDV – Virtual Disaster Viewer – Haiti Earthquake
Shows overlays of various data and imagery available related to the Haiti Earthquake. It uses Microsoft Virtual Earth as an interface and was originally developed after the Wenchuan China Earthquake.
- Tour an old silver mine in Bolivia and buy a stick of explosives to blow up at the end of the tour – Odd Spot | BigPond News
- Pending Legislation in Virginia is Bad for Dam Safety – Association of State Dam Safety Officials
- ION Geophysical Corporation Wins $25 Million Patent Infringement Jury Verdict Against Sercel – OilVoice via Geoengineer.org
- GIS on a shoestring – Adventures in GIS Blog
Arne at the adventures in GIS Blog writes about his company’s (agency’s) approach to digitizing and cataloging years of old boring logs using Google Earth and some inexpensive software to bridge between ArcMap and Google Earth.
- Movements Of The Earth’s Crust In Haiti – Spacemart.com
Crust movements up to about 2-m based on TerraSAR-X satellite radar data.
- Centex hires Terracon to investigate cause of retaining wall failure in San Antonio – San Antonio Business Journal
- San Antonio rain adds to soil sliding woes – Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
- Hong Kong Drainage Tunnel – Tunnel Business Online
- USGS Relaunches Early Warning System For Landslides – News Story – KTVU San Francisco
- Blue Mountains train line to re-open after landslides – Local News – News – General – Blue Mountains Gazette
- Maggie Valley residents recall horror of landslide – citizen-times.com | Asheville Citizen-Times
- Leshchinsky receives Kapp Award – Geosynthetics
- Kavazanjian, Fox receive ASCE awards – Geosynthetics
- The Rivermist subdivision in San Antonio, Texas is on the move again – and it is a rotational retaining wall failure – Dave’s Landslide Blog
- Google tapped for new 3D view of the Bay Bridge during construction – CNET News via ASCE SmartBrief
- Utah Company’s plans to store energy in form of compressed in underground salt caverns – ABC News