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March 12, 2019

Wouldn't that be nice, if we had a warning when an earthquake was going to happen? It's not for lack of trying. Researchers have been attempting for decades to predict earthquakes, but alas that nut remains uncracked, at least for now. Dr. Mirko van der Baan at the Uni...

December 19, 2018

That's not me in the picture, but I do have a rock that looks exactly like that. On my windowsill. Like most geologists I put rock samples around the house, the office, even in people's Christmas stockings ('tis the season, after all!). 

Yep, I love rocks. Tha...

October 12, 2018

No matter how good a cook you are or how well equipped your kitchen, going out to a nice restaurant is an important part of your dining mix.  In some ways, being a great home chef allows you to better appreciate the efforts of a professional.

Excellent chefs have severa...

August 20, 2018

When my father bought the little piece of New Hampshire woods where I grew up, he wandered down an old, overgrown dirt track that ran through it to a little spot under a big tree where he found an ancient, all but decomposed pair of shoes and a long-empty bottle of Dr....

August 16, 2018

There is a lot of buzz about the Marten Hills Clearwater Heavy Oil play.  And for good reasons.  The play is extensive and has intriguing cost structure and reservoir attributes (5-25 m net pay, 20% to 30% effective porosity, 50% oil saturation, 5 to 500 mill...

August 14, 2018

When it comes to understanding the subsurface, very few direct measurements are available to us.  We can capture values for pressure, temperature, conductivity, density, neutron energy levels, sound waves, mud weight, weight on bit.  There might be a few more but not m...

August 5, 2018

Is like trying to start your car with the cigarette lighter.  Yes, the electrical system is needed to start the car. Yes, the lighter is connected to the electrical system. Yes, if you push the lighter in, it makes a neato pop and gives off heat.

But no. Pushi...

June 4, 2018

Summer is upon us, and what better way for kids to spend the season than learning about science??  Ok, there's swimming and bike rides and ice cream cones, but what about the rainy days? 

In the spirit of our ongoing giving campaign, this month we are offering an o...

May 31, 2018

As my Clastic Sedimentology professor, “Cactus” Jack Lerbekmo, would stress to our class, “Geology is a descriptive science.”  To be useful, your terminology must be clear.  Imprecise or outdated nomenclature should be revised or abandoned.  Such is the case with the U...

May 14, 2018

The daunting but necessary and achievable task of establishing a consistent stratigraphic framework for the Hydro-Geomechanics of the Upper Mannville Deep Basin project has entered a new phase.  (BTW, some readers might think of this as correlating the Wilrich, Falher...

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