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An Antarctic Appeal

If you’ve visited the site lately, or follow me on Twitter, you’ll notice that I’ve been raising funds for a trip to the Ross Sea early next year.

Longtime readers won’t be surprised to hear I’ve been scheming to get to the Antarctic. You can’t be as restless a traveler as I am without feeling a…


Confronting New Madrid (Part 2)

(This is the second half of an earlier post. If you don't read it, you will understand nothing).

Phyllis talks a lot about “the wrong kind of earthquake”. The wrong kind of earthquake in the central United Sta…


Confronting New Madrid

Connoisseurs of disaster know that the official map of seismic hazards in the United States paints a fat red bull’s-eye in the middle of the country, right where Missouri dovetails into Arkansas:

FEMA expects a major earthquake in the central United States to be the

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