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Major Devastation in BC from Atmospheric River

The record-breaking precipitation in BC and the Pacific Northwest causes major destruction to bridges, embankments, roads, and rail corridors. The BC Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure posted some photos today that are quite dramatic. See […]

Geologic map of a portion of the lower Mississippi River

Geomorphology and the Mississippi River

This is a very nice little article on the geomorphology of the Mississippi River for the layman. But it was definitely the geologic map that caught my eye. Isn’t it great? Probably nice enough to […]

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Press Releases

ARkStorm: California’s other ‘Big One’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For emergency planning purposes, scientists unveiled a hypothetical California scenario that describes a storm that could produce up to 10 feet of rain, cause extensive flooding (in many cases overwhelming the state’s […]

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Geologic Hazards

Landslides in China – Sichuan and Guangxi

In Sichuan Province, China, they were still in the recovery process from the devastating 2008 earthquake when a series of landslides, rockfall, mudslides and flooding has hit the region. Dave’s Landslide Blog has excellent coverage as usual on the slide pictured here, which blocked a major road, hindering rescue efforts. (Photo Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

A remarkable video of the aftermath of a bridge destroyed by one of these rockfall / landslide events is shown below. The destruction is pretty profound. (Via Geology.com)

Also on Dave’s blog, a landslide in Guangxi caused a train to derail, killing 4 people and injuring 50. My heart truly goes out to the people of those portions of China, particularly in Sichuan as they have been through so much.


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Geologic Hazards

ASCE: Cease and Desist over Video Spoof

The American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE sent a cease and desist letter to the owner of the Levees.Org website notifying them to remove a video spoof of its post-Katrina levee inspection. Of course, through the wonders of the internet, Levees.org removed it from YouTube, but someone else posted it again. And because of all the fuss, it’s more popular than it would have been otherwise with over 16,000 views at the time of this post. Click through to watch it.