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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Crater lake

The European Space Agency has released a spectacular photograph confirming liquid water once flowed on Mars. The liquidity may have been a long time back-- 3+ billion years ago --but this is an essential piece of the puzzle to determine if life ever evolved on the Red Planet. The photo shows Eberswalde Crater where a rare instance of a martian river delta is seen. Channels that fed a lake inside the crater are obvious. Delta deposits and channels provide the best evidence yet of liquid ...
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A whole lot of shakin' going on

The US Geological Survey has produced an earthquake map of the tumbler that hit Virginia, Washington DC, and elsewhere August 23rd. The quake was the first to hit the East Coast in nearly a century. [caption id="attachment_6926" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="East Coast earthquake, 8-23-11 (source: USGS)"][/caption] There was a whole lot of shakin' going on! WHB
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Ice quakes

Antarctica is a long way from Japan. However, the massive earthquake that hit the country in March killing over 20,000 people and destroying a nuclear power complex also affected the faraway continent of rock and ice. NASA released a striking video with satellite images of how reverberations from the magnitude 8.9 quake and resulting tsunami fractured an Antarctic ice shelf here: We forget that we exist on the skin of an active planet where internal geology often controls what happens ...
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Gale Crater here we come

The space shuttles may be now heading for museum displays but the scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are close to launching their next generation of Mars roving explorers, Curiosity. They have released a cool video about the rover's destination that was just announced, Gale Crater. If the Mars Science Laboratory successfully lands on the Martian plains-- other Mars landing attempts crashed & burned in the past --we may finally get an answer to the ...
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