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Never Forget To Look Back From Whence You Came……………….

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November 15, 2015 · 3:36 am

  Week’s Best Space Pictures: 3 Hurricanes, Saturn’s Equinox

A trio of cyclones charges across the Pacific, and plankton blooms in the chilly waters of the Barents Sea.

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Swim For Their Sacrifice…..

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Countryside and Blue Sky

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Night Sky…..

IMG_8045Minutes ago I walked out into the night and glanced up into the night sky and there was the Big Dipper of my childhood. The one I looked up at so many nights growing up in the countryside of Oklahoma.

The night sky was huge and bright with stars in a way it can never be seen from a city. I was taken right back to those nights as a child as if in a time warp. Beautiful memories of innocence, dreams and wonder of the massiveness and beauty of the night sky of my childhood dreams…..

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State of the Climate in 2014 Report Released | National Centers for Environmental Information… – Linkis.com

State of the Climate in 2014 Report Released | National Centers for Environmental Information… – Linkis.com.

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Never Forget 9/11

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September 11, 2014 · 7:38 pm

Oklahoma quakes this year top tremors in California

Oklahoma quakes this year top tremors in California

By Marlena Baldacci and Mariano Castillo, CNN
updated 8:21 PM EDT, Thu June 19, 2014

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • So far this year, there have been more quakes in Oklahoma than California
  • Experts: Wastewater wells appear linked to many quakes
  • Scientists worried about a major earthquakes

(CNN) — California may be known for its earthquakes, but so far this year it has been surpassed by an unlikely state: Oklahoma.

Experts say wastewater wells are likely linked to the big increase in the number of quakes recorded in Oklahoma.

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Between 1978 and 2008, Oklahoma experienced an average of just two quakes of 3.0 magnitude of greater. In 2014, as of Thursday, there have been about 207 such quakes recorded in the state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The upward trend started in 2009, with 20 quakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater, then 43 the following year, and jumping every year with the exception of 2012.

Oklahoma has now surpassed California in quakes, and seismologists see no end in sight, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

California has recorded about 140 3.0-magnitude quakes or greater, compared to 207 in Oklahoma.

The oil and gas industry’s injection of wastewater deep into the Earth apparently is linked to the shift in seismic activity in Oklahoma, Myers said.

The fracturing fluid seems to be lubricating existing faults that have not moved in recent years, he said. The fracturing process is not creating new faults, but are exposing faults that already exist, he said.

On Wednesday, at least seven earthquakes were recorded in Oklahoma, according to the USGS.

There were no reports of significant damage, but that doesn’t mean that these quakes are not of concern to scientists.

“The fact that the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma is even comparable to California is unusual,” USGS geophysicist Rob Williams said.

“We’ve seen swarms of earthquakes over the interior of the U.S., but this is on a completely different scale, for the area where all the earthquakes are occurring is bigger than any previous swarm,” he added. “It’s not really a swarm, it’s really a collection of swarms.”

It cannot be ruled out that the spike in earthquakes is a once-every-10,000-years thing, but scientists don’t know and a surprised by the numbers.

“Given the rate of earthquakes over the last six months, it’s concerning enough to be worried about a larger, damaging earthquake happening, let alone what might happen in the future,” Williams said.

Many of these quakes are being linked to wastewater injection, he said.

Some earthquakes have been linked to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but for the most part, the Oklahoma earthquakes are linked to wastewater wells, Williams said.

Geophysicists have not been able to gather data to pin down the certain set of wastewater wells that are causing the earthquake problem, but they’re hopeful to learn more about the problematic wells in the future.

Research into the links between the wastewater wells and quakes started about four years ago, Williams said.

To better gauge the increased quakes, USGS and Oklahoma officials have added monitoring stations, which now stand at 15 permanent facilities and 17 temporary stations.

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association last month urged a wait-and-see approach in judging the USGS’s assertions on links between wastewater disposal and earthquakes.

“Because crude oil and natural gas is produced in 70 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, any seismic activity within the state is likely to occur near oil and natural gas activity. The OIPA and the oil and gas industry as a whole support the continued study of Oklahoma’s increased seismic activity, but a rush to judgment provides no clear understanding of the causes,” the industry group said.

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Injection wells blamed in Oklahoma earthquakes

Science 4 July 2014:

Geoscience

Injection wells blamed in Oklahoma earthquakes

Summary

So far in 2014, Oklahoma has seen more earthquakes than California—and seismologists are increasingly blaming them on the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations. A study published online this week in Science links four of Oklahoma’s most prolific wastewater wells to a swarm of 2547 small earthquakes near Jones, Oklahoma, by showing how the wells sent a wave of water pressure coursing through the subsurface. The pressure can reduce forces acting to keep faults locked and trigger earthquakes. Although the hazard of induced earthquakes is uncertain, regulators in Oklahoma and elsewhere are starting to limit well operations and require more frequent reporting of well data.

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Joan Rivers at the Pearly Gates…she would love it!

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September 10, 2014 · 2:32 am