March 2018

Mars rover update: March 21, 2018 | Behind The Black

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Mars rover update: March 21, 2018 | Behind The Black
English: NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, dr...
English: NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, drives up a ramp during a test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Polski: Łazik "Curiosity", agencji kosmicznej NASA, wjeżdża na rampę podczas testów zawieszenia w JPL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Curiosity continues its exploration of Vera Rubin Ridge, including several drilling attempts. Opportunity is halfway down Perseverance Valley.
The Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars is named after Vera Florence Cooper Rubin whose observations of galaxies and stars ultimately provided evidence of the existence of dark matter. She was an astronomer in a career that spanned over multiple titles and multiple colleges, universities, and institutes from 1955 right up until her passing on December 25, 2015.

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Parts of San Francisco are sinking faster than the sea is rising | New Scientist

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Parts of San Francisco are sinking faster than the sea is rising | New Scientist

Rising seas aren’t the only problem facing low-lying coastal areas. Many of these areas are also sinking, vastly increasing the risk of flooding. 
English: The marshes next to Foster City, Cali...
English: The marshes next to Foster City, California, with its name carved into them for the viewing pleasure of those on flights landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According the the article at New Scientist, specific areas of the San Francisco Bay Area are sinking at a rate of up 10mm per year.

Areas which include the San Francisco International Airport, the artificial island Treasure Island, and Foster City. Foster City was built upon a marsh and former landfill off San Francisco Bay. So it shouldn't be that much of a surprise why Foster City is sinking. Similarly, much of the San Francisco International Airport was also built on wetlands. Treasure Island shares similarities to Foster City since it was also created from a former landfill. These areas in and around San Francisco are sinking quicker than sea levels are rising.

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