"Here's the total list that I came up with for the final documentation product- we should probably try to get as much as this as possible from the very beginning (might be overkill though!):
Geophyiscal location. GPS coordinates…"
"Yes that's a good idea. Maybe focus, at two-week, or monthly interval, on location or other constraining metric? We should also decide on what info to gather. Here is a stab: 1) lat lon coordinates, 2) site access information (insights from…"
"That's a great idea- maybe rolling discussion format that changes location, subdiscipline and/or topics, just to make sure we hit all the bases. I imagined that this discussion group will be used to coordinate our brainstorming. It will not be…"
We will use this group to document and conserve areas of the Earth that are critical for astrobiology research. Most of us know that there are field sites of significance for astrobiology research all around us, but there is no repository listing these locations or documenting their significance. We will use this group to coordinate our efforts as we describe where these sites can be found, what kind of research can be conducted at these sites, and why they must be protected for future generations. The initial documentation efforts will be a prelude to more advanced forms of conservation such as land easements, the securing of development rights or solicitation for formal protected status within existing conservation frameworks (e.g., state or national park status).If you enjoy conservation, and you love astrobiology, please join us! See More
Surface meltwater regularly travels to the bottom of the Greenland Ice Sheet and lubricates the flow of the ice into the ocean, but new research indicates that future increasing volumes of this meltwater are unlikely to speed the flow of the ice sheet. How is the Greenland Ice Sheet like an oil drill site? They […]
Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet. The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above the same […]
“Evolution is just a theory.” This claim, often made by creationists, is clearly based on a confusion of the scientific meaning of the word “theory” with its meaning in common language. We can forgive confused creationists, though, as most of them unfortunately know very little about science (all the more important it is for us […]