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New Sea Floor Maps

On the Gulf of Mexico

New seafloor map reveals thousands of seamounts

 Vast unexplored areas of the ocean have now been mapped with new satellite data and scientists have discovered thousands of previously uncharted seamounts in addition to an extinct spreading ridge in the Gulf of Mexico.

Seamounts, which are at least 1,000 meters (3,200 feet) in height, were also prominent (not in the Gulf)  features in the new map,

NOAA Gulf of Mexico Map Tools (many).

Here are just a few:

Computer-enhanced multibeam bathymetry map of the northwestern and northern Gulf of Mexico continental shelf and slope.

West Flower Garden Bank in GOM

Bright Bank, and underwater salt dome on the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico

 

On the Seafloor, Global

New maps from Scripps Institution of Oceanography: New Map Exposes Previously Unseen Details of Seafloor

This map shows the spreading rift (Africa to South Asia)

3 plates merge at the Indian Ocean

The map set

Hey, Sandia! Supercomputer Available for Earth Sciences Studies

UW Faculty Have Until May 22 to Apply for Supercomputer Use

May 4, 2016 — University of Wyoming faculty members have the opportunity to apply for a large allocation to use computational and storage resources at the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne to support their research in earth systems and atmospheric sciences. Applications are due May 22.

Any request for more than 200,000 core hours is considered a large request. UW’s current share of the NWSC resource is 75 million core hours. This share of core hours will more than double next year. One core hour is the equivalent of running one application on a single computer for one hour. Since October, UW researchers have used 30.5 million core hours and, in February, six projects were allocated 42 million core hours…..”  (more)

http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2016/05/uw-faculty-have-until-may-22-to-apply-for-supercomputer-use.html

They could study Lake FUBAR. Or they could modernize studies on the worthiness of salt dome storage caverns.  USGS, Sandia Labs … could contact some prof. there to put together a study. 

New! Weird Action at Yellowstone

Meanwhile ….. out west ….

Nature Runs Amok at Yellowstone

Weird goings on and monitors turned off at Yellowstone today.

Wheeping Willow2 today:

EXCLUSIVE YELLOWSTONE: SOMETHING WEIRD GOING ON

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LINK – http://youtu.be/fhF3rC22eAs

ALERT NEWS: HERE’S  YELLOWSTONE LIVE CAM AND SEISMOGRAPHS WERE SHUT DOWN

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LINK – http://youtu.be/3R8Maz05PrI

Superstation 95: UPDATE: IT WAS DELIBERATE! Yellowstone Public Seismographs Taken OFF-line – Wait ’til you see why!

Yellowstone Watch – Activity and Missing Links?

LINK – http://youtu.be/R94cRUsjMzk

Mary Greeley reports: Activity has picked up(!)

ALERT Yellowstone Super Volcano Here’s Thumbnails, Should We Worry? Major Changes Wow
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LINK –  http://youtu.be/CXeIeT5GDH0

Supervolcano Underneath Yellowstone National Park Can Wipe Out Half of the US If It Erupts

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4.6M Quake hits Medford, OK + News

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits in Medford, Oklahoma: USGS

There is a quake swarm there today (frack-quakes?)

This 4.1 quake report has a MAP of where Medford is.

We missed this Nov. 19 quake (or frack-quake)
M4.7 – 13km SW of Cherokee, Oklahoma

Disposal wells targeted after 4.7 earthquake in Oklahoma


NEWS

The Watchers – Collapse of Earth’s tectonic plates unravelled

“It’s quite complex. There’s a scissoring motion going on…”

uh-oh!
Rock salt for isolating nuclear waste not as capable as thought
http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2015/11/30/rock-salt-for-isolating-nuclear-waste-not-as-capable-as-thought/

“A new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface storage for nuclear waste, might not be as impermeable as thought or as capable of isolating nuclear waste from groundwater in the event that a capsule or storage vessel failed.”

” . . . “The main thing in this case is that salt can develop permeability even in absence of mining activity – further hard work is immutable to study what amount of flow can occur,” said assistant professor Marc A. Hesse of the Jackson School’s Department of Geological Sciences.”

   . . . make that GIANT oh-oh!

 

US Nuke Plants’ Flooding Risks
List of Reactors Potentially at High Risk of Flooding due to Dam Failure <- Louisiana on the list (Waterford NPP)