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The Schist of It with Cate Larsen

The Schist of It with Cate Larsen

By Cate Larsen

Making geoscience make sense so you can get the *gist of it.

Geologist Cate Larsen deciphers newly published research, breaks down complicated concepts, and talks with professionals across the many fields of geoscience.
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21 - Can Pokemon Games Teach Geology? feat. Lewis Alcott, PhD
21 - Can Pokemon Games Teach Geology? feat. Lewis Alcott, PhD
I met with Yale postdoctoral fellow Lewis Alcott to discuss the possibility of using video games to teach geology. His latest publication, currently in review and available as pre-print, suggests 3-D games like Pokémon Legends: Arceus provide a new way to explore real geologic features around the world without leaving your home or classroom. Read the pre-print via EGU: https://gc.copernicus.org/preprints/gc-2022-10/gc-2022-10.pdf Learn more about Lewis' work: https://lewisalcott.wordpress.com/
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August 04, 2022
20 - Clues in Ancient Pottery Say the Magnetic Poles Aren’t About to Switch
20 - Clues in Ancient Pottery Say the Magnetic Poles Aren’t About to Switch
The South Atlantic Anomaly is a huge weak spot in Earth's magnetic field and there's been plenty of speculation (and panic) about the possibility of a pole reversal, which some believe could spell disaster for humanity. Scientists already thought a magnetic doomsday wasn't all that likely, but now we have even more proof there's nothing to worry about thanks to a new model built with data from volcanics, sediments, and ancient clay pottery. This model gives us a look at the magnetic field over the past 9,000 years and sheds some light on what its future may hold. Spoiler alert: we're good. Source Material: Andreas Nilsson, Neil Suttie, Joseph S. Stoner, Raimund Muscheler. Recurrent ancient geomagnetic field anomalies shed light on future evolution of the South Atlantic Anomaly. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2022; 119 (24) Read it for yourself, it's free! https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2200749119
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July 09, 2022