Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: An infected crinoid from the Middle Jurassic of southern Israel

This weathered beauty is a stem fragment of the articulate crinoid Apiocrinites negevensis from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Callovian) of the Negev, southern Israel. The regular divisions you see making up the stem are the columnals, which look a … Continue reading

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Science Highlights from IAVCEI 2013

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – Although the eruption of Sakurajima on the mid-conference field trip was the ultimate highlight of the IAVCEI 2013 Scientific Assembly, let’s not forget that there were also four full days of excellent talks and posters on the … Continue reading

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Volcanology Meets Archaeology on the Uenohara Plateau

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – The Uenohara Jomon-no-mori Archaeological Museum hosts the largest and oldest remains of a permanent ancient settlement in Japan. It is a nationally designated historic site where the remains of a 9,500 year old Jomon Period village have … Continue reading

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Living in the Shadow of Volcanoes

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – One of the IAVCEI 2013 mid-conference field trip stops was to Takachino Bokujo (farm) just north of Kagoshima. Although the farm animals (and mini go-carts) were great fun, our real goal was to see the fantastic view of … Continue reading

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Sakurajima Erupts on Volcanology Field Trip

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – It was as if the IAVCEI 2013 organizers planned it. Shortly after arriving at the Arimura lookout on the mid-conference field trip, Sakurajima began erupting. The ash cloud rose from Showa crater, located just beyond the summit … Continue reading

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Friends of Sakurajima Volcano

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Sakurajima Taisho eruption, Kagoshima is hosting the Friends of Volcano Fair. Rhythmic thumping drew me out of the conference center to the front garden, where I was treated to a … Continue reading

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Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Dinosaur teeth from the Cretaceous of Morocco

The fossil above is the best of a collection of dinosaur teeth given to us by the generous George Chambers (’79). The species that held it is the gargantuan theropod predator Spinosaurus aegyptiacus Stromer, 1915. The teeth are from Cenomanian … Continue reading

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Volcanoes! Volcanoes! Volcanoes!

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – The 2013 Scientific Assembly of IAVCEI, the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior, has officially started in Kagoshima, Japan. The conference is a volcanologist’s dream, with sessions focused on every aspect of volcanology and … Continue reading

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We must have walked 10 million miles.

Guest Blogger: Abby VanLeuven June 26th: Marble Mountain Our arrival at the southern end of Marble Mountain begun with the sighting of 3 orcas that as Dr. Wiles explained were a sign of good luck. Thus began the assent into … Continue reading

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We looked it in the eye

Guest Blogger: Andy Nash Gustavus, AK. June 25, 2013 – As our research trip to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve winds down we have some time to reconnect with the world and share some stories from our trip. The … Continue reading

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