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MatchMapper: Map to the Geoscientist’s Heart

The love game has changed over the past few years. Gone are the days of courting in the parlor room. With our go-go-go lives, there is no time to organically meet someone at a coffee shop, bar, church or recreational activity. Nowadays, the key to love is in the palm of your hand—your smart device! Niche dating sites exist for all sorts of interests, including farming, sea captains, cats, inmates, and even salad toppings. Now there’s a dating site for you too: MatchMapper, the newest offering from Golden Software!

Many of our users are geoscientists, and at Golden Software, we understand geoscientists. We’ve heard your stories of time spent in the field, isolated and lonely. Pine for companionship no longer! Whether you fancy yourself a rock jock or a hydrogeology hottie, MatchMapper can help you find your geo-darling.

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Graphing the Growing Season

Spring bulbs are beginning to bloom, and with each reminder that spring is on the way I think more about starting my vegetable garden. Every gardener knows that the question of when to plant is always a struggle.  Maximizing the growing season while minimizing plant loss due to surprise cold snaps and frosts is always a balancing act. Living at high elevations can make this even more difficult, so I decided to do some research and see if I could get a better picture of what my garden and I are up against. 

The first thing I needed to find was information about the temperature tolerances for vegetables.  I found a great table at the Colorado State University Extension that provided acceptable germination temperatures as well as information on how temperature-hardy the young plants are.  I created a floating bar chart in Grapher 12 to depict this information.

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Grapher 12: A Look at March Madness 2016!

March brings one of most highly anticipated US sporting events of the year, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness! The term was coined in 1939 by H.V. Porter, but didn’t gain widespread popularity until the early 1980s. This year’s single-elimination tournament began with 68 teams on March 15, and we’re now down to the Sweet Sixteen! Let’s take a closer look at some tournament stats with graphs created in Grapher 12!

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Visualization of Oklahoma's Induced Earthquakes

As many of us earth and atmospheric scientists already know, seismic activity in Oklahoma has increased dramatically since 2009. This increase in earthquakes seems to be common knowledge. However, I was curious about some of the specific details and statistics surrounding this new phenomenon. According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, or OGS, the northwest and central part of the state, which has historically had a low rate of seismic activity, has seen seismic activity rates jump by nearly 600% between the years 2009 – 2016 compared to the rate of activity from 2007 and earlier. I recently attended to the 22ndAnnual 3D Seismic Symposium in Denver, CO, where the director of the OGS, Dr. Jeremy Boak, gave a presentation about the seismology of induced, or human caused, earthquakes in Oklahoma and how this new trend was effecting the state.

Earthquake events in Oklahoma from 2009 - present mapped in Surfer color-coded by year.

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Andrew Dudley
Hi Dr. Boak, Thank you for posting your comments here, they are definitely appreciated. I am no expert in earthquakes, geology, o... Read More
Monday, 28 March 2016 13:25
Andrew Dudley
Hi Peter, Thanks for leaving your comments. I'm not sure if the distribution of the seismic events has a spatial relationship to ... Read More
Monday, 21 March 2016 13:16
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Visualizing Iowa Caucus Results Using Grapher 12

With 2016 being a presidential election year, it’s hard not to be at least tangentially aware of what’s going on with United States politics. I’ve voted in every presidential election (and most local elections) that I have been able to vote in, but I’ve never considered myself a particularly political person. Now that I have children, that has changed a little. You’ll still never see me at a party convention, and you won’t catch me watching debates on TV, but I’m very concerned over how this country will be run, so I will definitely do my homework before casting my vote in November.

On Tuesday March 1st, Colorado held its Republican and Democratic caucuses. From what I could see as I drove past the venue for one of these, the turnout was pretty good. Although the results are not in yet for the Republican caucus, the Democratic caucus resulted in a win for Bernie Sanders. This wasn’t the first state to hold a caucus though. The Iowa caucus, at the beginning of February, is the first caucus each election year. With more time since the numbers came in, there has been more chance to break apart the votes into categories like sex, age, and education level. I know that one caucus isn’t any indicator of how the party nominations or the election will turn out, but I still think it’s interesting to look at the numbers since this is the first chance voters have to pick a candidate. Thus, without further adieu, here are the Iowa caucus results broken out by sex, age, and education level.

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