Louise Kellogg’s Webloglog (&other stuff)

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For deep mantle information, a bit of sanity in our universities, and women in science you should check out Louise Kellogg’s Weblog. She is into the mantle and it’s machinations. She has a personal page, (Chair/Department of Geology/UC Davis,) as well.

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thermo-bac.jpgThere is a new Web Site about the commercialization of our national parks and the current push for shared dividends from research. You can investigate it at “PARKS NOT FOR SALE.” It all stems from the first commercial use of Thermus aquaticaus, a hot water loving thermophilic bacteria.

Over the years this little critter has generated $$$$$$$$$$$. That’s piles of bucks! The place where it was discovered – Yellowstone National Park – has received 00000000. That’s no bucks. The debate has been sparked again by a newly proposed NPS policy. I first read about this in Yellowstone Park News – the post about Parks Get Royalties. The DEIS is available at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) page. Much of the science behind many of these news stories is presented in the WHY FILES a blog and site that gives us all some insight into the workings of this kind of thing.

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I just discovered that I need a new camera – &, I just bought this little devil. It seems that it is possible with some models, (more research in my future,) of digital cameras can produce images from the near infrared spectrum. I’m going to get one. The article in SHUTTERBUG convinced me. Can you imagine what will be possible with pollution plumes? How about the thermic qualities of exposed strata? Golly can you see fish underwater? I’m going to find out – stay tuned.

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Well, the sun is out again and it’s a balmy 11 degrees. By the time I get to Biscuit Basin it should be in the high 20’s. The cold kills many flying insects – the fish love it.

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