Roundup: Greenland Earthquake, Mural Restoration, and Phytoplankton

Greenland Earthquake Triggers Landslide-Induced Tsunami

From Temblor: “Over the weekend, a M=4.1 earthquake on Greenland’s western coast caused a massive landslide, triggering a tsunami that inundated small settlements on the coast. At this stage, four people are feared to have died, nine others were injured, and 11 buildings were destroyed. Glacial earthquakes are a relatively new class of seismic event, and are often linked to the calving of large outlet glaciers.”

You can read more about the glacial earthquake in Greenland here.

Remnants of Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland, after the glacial earthquake (Source: Stephen Gadd/Cphpost).

Mural Restoration at Glacier National Park

From Hockaday Museum of Art: “Early visitors to Glacier Park Lodge were treated to architectural and visual grandeur inside the building that was almost as expansive as the surrounding landscape. The scenic panels covered hundreds of square feet and appeared in a 1939 Glacier Park Lodge inventory as ’51 watercolor panels.’ In September of 2012, Leanne Brown donated the murals to the Hockaday in memory of her grandparents, Leona and Robert Brown, who had saved and restored 15 of the murals.”

Learn more about the restored murals here.

Restoration process of the murals (Glacier National Park/Hockaday).

Phytoplankton Growth in Alaska

From AGU Publications: “Primary productivity in the Gulf of Alaska is limited by availability of the micronutrient iron (Fe). Identifying and quantifying the Fe sources to this region are therefore of fundamental ecological importance. Understanding the fundamental processes driving nutrient fluxes to surface waters in this region is made even more important by the fact that climate and global change are impacting many key processes, which could perturb the marine ecosystem in ways we do not understand.”

Read more about phytoplankton growth in the Gulf of Alaska here.

Springtime brings a massive bloom of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Alaska (NASA/Google Images).

 

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