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Rapid Uplift · 4d ago

Environment Links: River Issues In India

Sharing a few interesting and informative articles I came across in the past few weeks on rivers.Endangered Himalayan Rivers: This one is from 2012. A large number of dams are planned on the...
Rapid Uplift · 3W ago

Mapping: In Praise Of The Triangle

Jerry Brotton in his book A History Of The World In 12 Maps writes about France's National Map Project. Begun around the 1670's upon the establishment of the Academie de Sciences and the Par...
Rapid Uplift · 4W ago

Field Photos: Glacial Deposits Of The Darma Valley, Kumaon Himalaya

During my recent trek to the Panchachuli Glacier in the Kumaon Himalaya, I obsessed about observing changes in metamorphic grade of the Greater Himalayan Sequence on the trek route and also ...
Rapid Uplift · 1M ago

Links: Human Evolution

Sharing links to interesting articles I have read in the past few months. Better understanding of human evolution is being driven by a) New fossil finds giving valuable insights into morphol...
Rapid Uplift · 1M ago

China Hydraulic Engineering - Yellow River And The Grand Canal

I am reading Philip Ball's excellent book The Water Kingdom: A Secret History Of China. It describes the epic problems of river flow management that China has grappled with over millennia. E...
Rapid Uplift · 1M ago

The Lost Rivers Of The Harappan Civilization- Remote Sensing Analysis

A lot of ink has been spent of this topic, both in the scientific literature as well as in popular books about the Harappan Civilization. The focus of many of these efforts has been on locat...
Rapid Uplift · 2M ago

Tsunami History Preserved In Indonesian Cave Deposits

How would you know if a coastline had been inundated by a tsunami say 5000 years ago? Well, a tsunami carries sediment stripped from the ocean bed and deposits this material over the flooded...
Rapid Uplift · 2M ago

Olivia Judson On Energy Expansions Of Evolution

Nature Ecology and Evolution has published a fine perspective by evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson on energy availability and evolutionary transitions on earth -" The history of the life–...
Rapid Uplift · 2M ago

Field Photo: A Bend In The Rocks

I saw this textbook example of a fold in the Lassar Yankti valley, about 2 kilometers south of Tidang village in the Kumaon Himalaya.Consider how rocks bend and deform in response to stress....
Rapid Uplift · 3M ago

Quiz: Spot The Granite Intrusion

I came across this glacially transported boulder in the Dugtu village valley near the Panchachuli Glacier in the Kumaon Himalaya. It is a block of high grade gneiss intruded by a granite. Wi...