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Fire and Ice: Starting Up the Snowball

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 10:23pm 0 Comments

I attended a talk last week by Francis Macdonald, discussing his work on Snowball Earth geology. He touched on the "Fire and Ice" hypothesis for the initiation of the Snowball, and I thought I would interpret it in ballad form. Needs a little work and maybe another verse, so feel free to critique. 

In late Proterozoic times 

the Earth was calm and warm

A billion peaceful years since the

Great…

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Self-defense

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 6:12pm 2 Comments

Well, that was a somewhat protracted hiatus. I think my muse was in hibernation. In any case, she rose to the occasion when I defended my Ph.D. a couple of weeks ago, and here's how I summed up my talk: 

“Measured and modeled albedos of sea-ice surfaces on the oceans of Snowball Earth”

A planet orbits round a yellow sun

Light years away or megayears ago

Its seas are dark, its continent is dun

But brilliant sea ice sets its pole aglow

Its CO2…

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Photons plus Atmosphere equals Awesomeness

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:08pm 0 Comments

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. My muse sort of went into hibernation for a bit after my general exam. Actually, I suppose this particular blog would be a collaboration between muses, if we're going with the classical categorizations: Euterpe (lyric poetry), Urania (astronomy), and sometimes Thalia (comedy.)

Anyway, here's a sonnet inspired by the Radiative Transfer (that is, the interaction of sunlight and infrared radiation with the atmosphere) course I'm taking this…

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Notes from a Defense

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 7:32pm 3 Comments

I wrote this while my friend and colleague Marcela Ewert presented her work at her Ph.D. defense. She's been doing a lot of really cool work about how Arctic microbes make their living despite the temperature and salinity extremes found in the sea ice and in the snow that rests on it. Here's a link to some of the work included in her dissertation.

Jargon note: exopolysaccharides, also known as…

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