Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Search for the Age of the Earth

The Chronologers' Quest: The Search for the Age of the Earth By Patrick Wyse Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006 | 310 Pages | ISBN: 0521813328 | PDF | 3 MB

The history of geology and how we learned about the age of the Earth is a fascinating subject, but Jackson, a geologist at Trinity College, Dublin, is unable to explain and pass along his enthusiasm. Aficionados might appreciate the tour through attempts to arrive at the planet's age from ancient myths, the Bible, the salinity of the oceans, temperature readings, fossils, geology, biology, radiology and cosmology. Each chapter ends with a "close but no cigar" statement of why a given theory was a good idea at the time. Numerous sections feel rushed—in particular the opening catalogue of creation myths—though when readers finally arrive at the sections on geology and fossils, Jackson injects more detail and, consequently, more interest. But while the preface states that this book is meant for a general as well as scientific audience, too many terms go undefined and too many names are dropped without immediate explanations of who the people were.

Economic and Palaeoceanographic Significance of Contourite Deposits

Economic and Palaeoceanographic Significance of Contourite Deposits (Geological Society Special Publication No. 276)
Publisher: Geological Society of London | ISBN: 1862392269 | edition 2007 | PDF | 360 pages | 56,1 mb

There has lately been a growth in the number and level of studies of contourite deposits. Most recent studies of contourites have two major lines of interest. One, propelled by the oil industry's continuous move into increasingly deep waters, concerns their economic significance. The other involves the stratigraphic/ palaeoceanographic record of ocean circulation changes imprinted on contourite deposits that can be a key to understanding better the climate ocean connection. The application of many different theoretical, experimental and empirical resources provided by geophysics, sedimentology, geochemistry, petrology, scale modeling and field geology are used in the 16 papers of this volume, proposing answers to those two main aspects. The papers are subdivided into two major categories (economic interest and stratigraphic/palaeoceanographic significance), with case studies ranging from well-documented drifts to new examples of modern and fossil series, involving a large diversity of geographic and physiographic scenarios worldwide.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

XV Congreso Peruano de Geologia

Descripción: El Congreso Peruano de Geología tiene como objetivo principal reunir a los profesionales nacionales como extranjeros, para compartir los resultados de las investigaciones recientes, trabajos técnicos y aplicaciones en las distintas ramas de la Ciencia de la Tierra. Asimismo, el Congreso está destinado a presentar avances tecnológicos relacionados con el estudio de la Tierra. Finalmente debe constituirse en centro de reflexión acerca del desarrollo de nuestras disciplinas geocientíficas y su incidencia futura en la sociedad.
Lugar: Centro de Convenciones Cusco
Fecha: 27 Setiembre al 01 Octubre, 2010
Inversión: Valores Hasta 30 Marzo 2010
Socios : US$ 150.00
No Socios : US$ 180.00
Docentes : US$ 65.00
Estudiantes : US$ 35.00

Valores Hasta 31 Julio 2010
Socios : US$ 200.00
No Socios : US$ 240.00
Docentes : US$ 75.00
Estudiantes : US$ 45.00

Valores Hasta 27 Septiembre 2010
Socios : US$ 300.00
No Socios : US$ 360.00
Docentes : US$ 85.00
Estudiantes : US$ 65.00
Reservaciones en Línea con Espacios Confirmados: La inscripción incluye: Coffe Break, Cocktail de Inaguración, Cocktail de Clausura, material de participantes, certificado participación.
Para cualquier consulta sírvase contactar a:
Contacto: Heidi Calcina
Teléfono: +511 4441180 Anexo : 102

Monday, June 14, 2010

Journal of Coastal Conservation

The Journal of Coastal Conservation is a scientific journal for the dissemination of both theoretical and applied research on integrated and sustainable management of the terrestrial, coastal and marine environmental interface.
A thorough understanding of both the physical and the human sciences is important to the study of the spatial patterns and processes observed in terrestrial, coastal and marine systems set in the context of past, present and future social and economic developments. This includes multidisciplinary and integrated knowledge and understanding of: physical geography, coastal geomorphology, sediment dynamics, hydrodynamics, soil science, hydrology, plant and animal ecology, vegetation science, biogeography, landscape ecology, recreation and tourism studies, urban and human ecology, coastal engineering and spatial planning, coastal zone management, and marine resource management.
Environmental applications that make use of spatial information technology (IT) to collect, analyse, interpret, visualise, and communicate the results of scientific research are also encouraged. This includes the use of remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), environmental databases, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and mobile technologies, cartography and digital mapping, geovisualisation, modelling and simulation, and the Internet.
Applications that focus on the use of physical coastal modelling involving the detailing of the design, construction, instrumentation and results of model tests are also encouraged, including the theory, measurement, analysis and modelling of: Waves - generation, theories, prediction; Structures - types, interactions and structural responses; Measurement Techniques - pressures, velocities, and forces; Erosion/Scour ? assessment and control; Scale Effects ? control and techniques; and Natural Hazards Assessment.
Research that promotes the role of education and training to integrated and sustainable management of the terrestrial, coastal and marine conservation and management is also considered important to the coastal practitioner and manager.
International contributions to the journal are encouraged.
Thematic volumes and output from conference proceedings are also welcome.
Related subjects » Ciencias Ambientales - Ciencias de la Tierra - Geophysics & Geodesy - Nature Conservation - Biodiversity - Oceanography

International Conference on Coastal Conservation and Management (Conclutions)

Conclusion Note

The ICCCM10 was participated by 250 researchers from 24 countries worldwide. A huge array of scientific and technical competences was gathered, amongst academics and the administration as well as corporations with interests in coastal conservation and management.
A general set of ideas and good pratices coming out from this event to improve performance of those working in the coastal area are listed below:
  • Good science is available but more information science-wise is needed.
  • Good technical solutions are also available but we need to work on new and more sustainable solutions.
  • We need better information management and networking.
  • We need to improve the translation of sustainability into operational terms, such as indicators.
  • We need to engage stakeholders to identify disfunctional states and raise awareness of problems.
  • We must make better use of negotiation tools to facilitate cross-scale and cross- organizational interactions and improve communication.
  • There is no institutional arrangements applicable to all situations, no single formula. We must maintain flexible strategies and transparency.
  • We need to recognize social-ecological interdependencies of human activities and ecosystem services.
  • We must act local. Municipalities must engage in actions to preserve and sustain natural resources and the services they provide.
  • Different jurisdictions on the coastal zones must work together, create synergies and commit to create a single voice of science.
The organizing Committee would like to thank the session chairs for their contributions and all the participants who contributed to improve knowledge on the coastal zone, either through their presentations or through the lively discussions they engaged on the various conference topics.
We thank the Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia for leading the ICCCM10 organization and the Cascais Municipality (Cascais Energia e Cascais Atlantico Agencies) for their logistic support.
The ICCCM10 was partially sponsored by Instituto da Água, Administração da Região Hidrográfica do Tejo, Porto de Lisboa e Instituto Geográfico Português.
We thank the Master students who volunteered to work and the great support from the Secretariat. Thank you all.
The Organizing Committee

Submitted Papers

Papers presented at the ICCCM10 and submitted for publication in the Special Issue of the Journal of Coastal Conservation and are now being evaluated.
This process may take some time, if you have doubts or need more information please contact the Secretariat (Felicidade Ferreira at
Download the list of submitted papers here.