Current Earth Sciences Library News, No. 497, The Jam Roly Poly Edition

A couple of reminders;

Firstly, both Wiley-Blackwell and Elsevier (ScienceDirect, Scopus) are doing some maintenance to their sites this weekend so access may be affected. Secondly, Monday is a Bank Holiday so the library will be closed.

A beautiful app from Douglas Palmer

NHM Evolution is an application for iPads, now available from the Appstore. It includes data from Alan Smith’s Timetrek, presented in the form of a spinnable Earth globe with plate motion over the last 650 million years. By moving a cursor at the bottom of the iPad screen, the viewer can follow plate motion of this time period. By rotating the globe, the motion can be viewed from any global aspect.

I’ve had a look at it and it is gorgeous and well worth the  £9.99 price tag, alas for me though the NHM Evolution app is only available for iproducts and not Android.

More summer sports: The GEOlympics – A geological decathlon through Great Britain

“Befitting Britain’s diverse landscape — both above- and below-ground — and its history as the birthplace of much of modern geology, I’ve come up with a decathlon of must-see geological sites across the host country. If you find yourself in the United Kingdom during the Olympics, or anytime for that matter, you can’t go wrong with this list as a base for your travel itinerary. Fair warning, though: It might take more than two days to complete this decathlon.” Read on here in Earth Magazine

Plate Motion Calculator  – A handy tool

I don’t know what it’s for but it looks impressive and I’ve been told it IS useful. 

This program is for the calculation of tectonic plate motion at any location on Earth using one or more plate motion models. You can specify:

  • position in geographic or WGS-84 XYZ coordinates
  • the tectonic plate (default is auto selection)
  • plate motion model (default is GSRM v1.2)
  • motion referenced either to a fixed plate or the NNR (no-net-rotation) frame of the selected model (default is NNR)
  • optional site name
  • multiple point entry in geographic or XYZ coordinates
  • for advanced users: define your own angular velocity of attributed motion and/or your own reference angular velocity (specifying the angular velocity as an Euler pole of rotation plus the rotation rate about the Euler pole, or as cartesian coordiantes of the angular velocity vector)
  • output format style (HTML table in local E-N frame or WGS-84 XYZ frame, or GMT psvelo)


Publications Brand New to eprint

Elderfield, H. and Ferretti, P. and Greaves, M. J. and Crowhurst, S. and McCave, I. N. and Hodell, D. and Piotrowski, A. M. (2012) Evolution of Ocean Temperature and Ice Volume Through the Mid-Pleistocene Climate Transition. Science, 337 (6095). pp. 704-709. ISSN 0036-8075, 1095-9203

McKenzie, Dan and Jackson, James (2012) Tsumami earthquake generation by the release of gravitational potential energy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 345–348 . pp. 1-8. ISSN 0012-821X

Mosca, I. and Cobden, L. and Deuss, A. and Ritsema, J. and Trampert, J. (2012) Seismic and mineralogical structures of the lower mantle from probabilistic tomography. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 117 (B6). B06304. ISSN 0148-0227

Obbard, Darren J. and Maclennan, John and Kim, Kang-Wook and Rambaut, Andrew and O’Grady, Patrick M. and Jiggins, Francis M. (2012) Estimating Divergence Dates and Substitution Rates in the Drosophila Phylogeny. Molecular Biology and Evolution, on-line .

Redfern, S. A. T. and Smith, S. E. and Maddrell, E. R. (2012) High-temperature breakdown of the synthetic iodine analogue of vanadinite, Pb5(VO4)3I: an apatite-related compound for iodine radioisotope immobilization? Mineralogical Magazine, 76 (4). pp. 997-1003. ISSN 0026-461X, Online ISSN: 1471-8022

Roberts, Natalie L. and Piotrowski, Alexander M. and Elderfield, Henry and Lomas, Michael W. (2012) Rare earth element association with foraminifera. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 94 . pp. 57-71. ISSN 0016-7037

Smith, Martin R. (2012) Mouthparts of the Burgess Shale fossils Odontogriphus and Wiwaxia: implications for the ancestral molluscan radula. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, on-line .

Now Published 

Sharma, Prashant P. and González, Vanessa L. and Kawauchi, Gisele Y. and Andrade, Sónia C.S. and Guzmán, Alejandra and Collins, Timothy M. and Glover, Emily A. and Harper, Elizabeth M. and Healy, John M. and Mikkelsen, Paula M. and Taylor, John D. and Bieler, Rüdiger and Giribet, Gonzalo (2012) Phylogenetic analysis of four nuclear protein-encoding genes largely corroborates the traditional classification of Bivalvia (Mollusca). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 65 (1). pp. 64-74. ISSN ISSN: 1055-7903

Sheen, K. L. and White, N. J. and Caulfield, C. P. and Hobbs, R. W. (2012) Seismic imaging of a large horizontal vortex at abyssal depths beneath the sub-Antarctic Front. Nature Geoscience, 5 (8). pp. 542-546. ISSN 1752-0894 EISSN:1752-0908

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