Curiosity used its Mast Camera to map out a path around slippery sands to “Mt. Stimson,” the dark ridge in the background, writes Ryan Anderson in a recent post. Every Curiosity-related post to Martian Chronicles includes a fresh image from Mars. Credit: USGS/NASA

This spring the American Geophysical Union’s Blogosphere saw the awakening of a long-dormant planetary science blog, as well as the addition of a new blog about glaciers.

In March the Blogosphere welcomed back Martian Chronicles, which had been inactive for almost two years. The original blogger, Ryan Anderson, has brought with him two fellow U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists who work on the Curiosity Mars Rover team.

“We hope you will enjoy following along with Curiosity’s daily activities as we explore the foothills of Mt. Sharp.”

For some time, Anderson, Ken Herkenhoff, and Lauren Edgar have been posting brief updates on the USGS Astrogeology Science Center website about what the Curiosity rover is up to. Now those updates are being posted, with fresh images from Mars, on Martian Chronicles as well.

“We hope you will enjoy following along with Curiosity’s daily activities as we explore the foothills of Mt. Sharp,” Ryan wrote in his first post to the revived blog. “It’s good to be back!”

Ice bridges that linked Greenland’s coastal islands to the mainland are disappearing, as Mauri Pelto shows in a recent post to From a Glacier’s Perspective. These two Landsat images from 2013 and 2014 show Cape Seddon/Tugtuligssup Sarqardlerssuua separating from Steenstrup Glacier. Credit: USGS

March also saw From a Glacier’s Perspective join the AGU Blogosphere. The blog was created in 2009 by glaciologist Mauri Pelto of Nichols College and the North Cascade Climate Project.

Pelto’s posts focus on studies of how glaciers are changing around the world, one glacier at a time. He includes in his posts historical and current images of glaciers with written explanations. Sometimes these posts also feature videos documenting changes.

Recent posts give a look at the mountain glaciers of the recently erupting Calbuco Volcano and changes to the Greenland Ice Sheet in 2014.

—Larry O’Hanlon, Blogosphere Manager and Social Media Coordinator, AGU; Twitter: @Earth2larryo

Citation: O’Hanlon, L. (2015), What’s new in the AGU Blogosphere, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO030863. Published on 2 June 2015.

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