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Early Human Settlement in Southeastern US

The discovery of stone tools found in a Florida river show that humans settled the southeastern United States far earlier than previously believed, according to a team of scientists that includes UM paleontologist Dan Fisher.

Landslide risk remains high a year after magnitude-7.8 Nepal earthquake

With the monsoon fast approaching, the landslide risk in Nepal remains high a year after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, according to a University of Michigan-led research team.

We just completed our winter academic term here in Ann Arbor and faculty and students are looking forward to a summer filled with field work, research, and returning to our beloved Camp Davis. If any of you are passing through Jackson, WY this summer, please stop by and say hello. We always welcome alumni and friends to visit us in Hoback Junction. In recent news, we highlight some of the high altitude research being done to understand mineral resources in Chile, tectonics in Tibet, and good old fashioned structural geology in the Appalachians. We really do try to get around. As always, we welcome news of our alumni and friends. Please email us and let us know what you're up to, and if you have any news you would like to share.

Sincerely, Adam Simon and Kacey Lohmann

   

Michigan Minerals at Michigan Tech

The University of Michigan has a significant mineral collection that is housed at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech. The Michigan Mineral Alliance preserves the legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection and ensures that the collection gets the attention it deserves. The collection was established in 1838, one year after the founding of the University of Michigan and statehood for Michigan. 

   

Marin Clark Drone Mapping Video on YouTube

More than 20,000 landslides took place in Nepal during the Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake on April 25, 2015 . This video describes the landslide mapping efforts of Dr. Marin Clark and Dr. Dimitrios Zekkos from the University of Michigan, Dr. Josh West (University of Southern California), and Dr. Deepak Chamlagain (Tribhuhan University, Nepal).

The research team used drones and photogrammetry principles to view, map, and create 3D models of large rock slides, debris flows, and even rockfalls. The drone was particularly needed in this case, because of the steep topography and the large size and runout length of some of the landslides, that made it nearly impossible to map otherwise.

The video is narrated by Marin Clark. It was prepared by Geoengineer.org staff.

 

  

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