Our council secretary, Beth Doyle, has kindly provided a draft of the December 6 annual business meeting which is available here. The Awards committee presented the Bradley Prize for the best formal scientific talk to Anna K Behrensmeyer (Smithsonian) for her talk on Nov 8 entitled What is Taphonomy, and why does it matter? The prize for the second-best formal talk went to Shoshana Weider (NASA Hq) for her talk on Oct 4 entitled Mercury Exploration: Past, Present and Future. The Great Dane Award for the best informal communication to the GSW of timely or newsworthy events went to Tammy Bravo (Earthscope) for her update on the destructive magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Turkey. The Sleeping Bear Award for genuine good humor at meetings went to Hmong-Han Huang and Ved Lekic, both at the Univ of Maryland. Honorable mentions went to James (Jim) Head (Brown Univ) and Graham Lederer (USGS). The Meeting Secretary’s report by Graham Lederer announced that Michael Purucker took the honors as Grand Inquisitor, narrowly beating out Larry Meinert.
Doug Wicks of the U.S. Department of Energy will present "Addressing the Mineral Abyss for the Energy Transition." Doug is with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. @ARPAE advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies. @ENERGY
🕗7:30🍻8pm start🏢Cosmos Club
Happy Birthday @USGS! ⛰️💧🪨🌋🗻
Got a a chance to hold a cast of the mandible or lower jaw of Spinosaurus at the new Sereno Fossil Lab of @UChicagoBSD. I keep forgetting how massive Spinosaurus was! #Dinosaurs #Paleontology #FossilFriday
Do other planets have leap years?
Yes! Leap years happen because a planet’s orbit around the Sun (year) and rotation on its axis (day) are not perfectly in line. This is true of almost every other planet in our solar system.
Are leap years really that important?
Leap years are important so that our calendar year matches the solar year. For example, say July is a warm, summer month where you live. If we never had leap years, in a few hundred years, July would take place in the cold winter months!