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From: R. Spencer Ramshaw
Subject: sci.geo.geology FAQ 3/5 faq
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 94 11:34:26 EDT
Organization: Ramshaw's Computer Solutions
sci.geo.geology FAQ 3/5 faq
1. What is the s.g.g. charter?
"the science dealing with the structure of the earth's
crust and formation and development of its various layers:
it includes the study of individual rock types and early forms
of life found as fossils in rocks."
Possible subjects for discussion would include all aspects of
solid earth geology and geophysics.
(Including, but NOT limited to: plate tectonics
tectonophysics, petrology, mineralogy, volcanology,
structural geology, paleontology, sedimentary processes,
basin analysis, seismic exploration, seismic stratigraphy,
petroleum geology, seismology, geochemistry, glaciation,
groundwater hydrology, geochronology, paleomagnetism,
Purpose: The newsgroup 'sci.geo.geology' is intended primarily for
discussions at a level which would be relevant and informative
to active researchers (i.e. earth scientists and students),
but is open for general discussions as well. It hosts discussions,
debates, and comments that are less formal and
more timely than is possible in juried scientific journals. It is a
clearinghouse for exchange of information, including
ideas, programs, images, data, and citations.
It can help us keep each other informed on upcoming events of interest
to earth science researchers and computing in the earth sciences.
19-Oct-1993 [williams@pangea.Stanford.EDU (Tom Williams)]
2. Where do I look for the On-line Resources for Earth Scientists Guide
(formerly called the Earth Sciences Internet Resource Guide)
anonymous ftp ftp.csn.org COGS subdirectory ores.txt
Send the following message to email@example.com
The guide will arrive in a couple pieces that you will have to
3. When did s.g.g. start?
The results of the vote (For:266 Against:11) were announced on
the 7th of February 1991. Effectively the group became active
five days after that date but of course this would vary from
system to system.
4. Where should I look for information on geoscience software?
Directory of Mining Software
PO Box 706
Boulder, CO 80306 - 0706
GeoTimes; GeoMedia Review Column
- published monthly by the American Geological Institute,
Journal of Geological Education;
Down-to-Earth Software Column
5-Jan-1994 [firstname.lastname@example.org (R. Spencer Ramshaw)]
5. How many people are reading the newsgroup?
Re: Usenet readership stats, the arbitron ratings for October show s.g.g
to be in the 74th percentile among the 2500 most popular newsgroups, and
propagated to 73% of surveyed sites, based on the detection of 612
apparent readers. Also, it 37th out of 87 in order of popularity among
the sci.* groups. All in all, s.g.g seems quite popular, even though
most readers never contribute publicly.
30 Nov 1993 Una Smith
6. How do I start a new newsgroup?
Frequently, people start message threads concerning the creation of new
newsgroups that they feel aren't covered by sci.geo.geology. If this
interests you, then start in the news.newusers.questions newsgroup, so you
can find out how it is done.
It should be pointed out that from the traffic standpoint of s.g.g.
there is no evidence that any new geology-related newsgroups are
required. Please note that the charter of the group covers everything
geological. So if your new newsgroup is covered by the charter then the
only way you could get a new newsgroup is to use s.g.g. so much that the
other subjects in s.g.g. get swamped. So go ahead try to swamp it
(within the charter. of course).
7. What questions/statements shouldn't be posted to s.g.g.?
If you asking yourself whether or not a subject is appropriate for s.g.g.
then I suggest you re-read the charter for the newsgroup (Question 1).
Since the group is un-moderated nothing can be done if you choose to post a
message outside the charter of the group. Not-withstanding this, the
following is a list of subjects and suggested newsgroups that are more
appropriate than s.g.g.
Subject A More Appropriate Newsgroup
Digital geography or cartography comp.infosystems.gis
Make Money Fast [suggestion needed]
8. Where is the earthquake information?
A good place to look is the ca.earthquakes newsgroup. There is also an
FAQ posted to that newsgroup. Note the ca indicates that this is a
California newsgroup but it is possible to find feeders of this group
9. Why should my geoscience institution or company use the INTERNET?
[This is provided to help you convince management types that you should
be here. It isn't a frequently asked question within s.g.g. but rather
an often asked question by managers unaware of the Internet - rsr ]
SOME POTENTIAL OIL AND SERVICE COMPANY BENEFITS ON INTERNET
- informal conferencing and continuing education
- global access to a diverse pool of E&P specialists
- rapid communications at a reduced cost
- easy monitoring of new developments in petroleum technology
- access to unpublished research data and reports
- questions and answers (non-confidential information)
- literature searches
- general public relation promotions
- E&P software/hardware technical support and customer service
- geological survey maps, free geo-software etc. via remote ftp
SOME POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
- continuing education benefits
- establish research links with industry/government
- advertizement of specialist skills within departments
- wider exposure of research results outside academia
- more rapid feed-back
- inter-academic linking (more efficient use of
- exposure to industry needs
- access to company data for teaching or research purposes
- better employment prospects for graduates
- short-term oil company vacation training for students
- increased public awareness of specialist sciences
(some overlap between these categories)
28 May 1994 [email@example.com (Jorg Schulz-Rojahn)]
10. Who has Internet Access?
[Anyone care to flesh out the other geoscience areas? - rsr]
OIL & SERVICE COMPANIES WITH KNOWN INTERNET ACCESS *
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company
Canadian Occidental Petroleum Ltd.
Green Mountain Geophysics
Marathon Oil Company
Norsk Hydro (Norway)
Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Oryx Energy Company
Pancanadian Petroleum Company
POSC (Petrochemical Open Software Corporation)
Repsol Exploracion (Spain)
Saga Petroleum (Norway)
Santos Ltd. (Australia)
Simon Petroleum Technology
Western Atlas International
(* at least local access; this list is very incomplete)
KNOWN PETROLEUM EDUCATIONAL/RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS WITH INTERNET ACCESS
Australian Petroleum Cooperative Research Centre (APCRC):
Centre for Petroleum Engineering, UNSW, Sydney
CSIRO, Division of Petroleum Resources (Sydney, Melbourne)
Curtin Univ., Dpt of Exploration Geophysics (Perth)
Curtin Univ.: Petroleum & Environm. Organic Geochemistry Centre
National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Adelaide
Brock University, Department of Earth Sciences (Canada)
Bureau of Economic Geology, Texas
Chalmers University of Technology, Dpt of Geology (Sweden)
Centre de Recherches Entreprises et Societe (CRES), Geneva
Colorado School of Mines
Heriot-Watt University, Department of Petroleum Engineering
IKU Petroleum Research, Norway
Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Norway
Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP), France
Institute for Petroleum Research and Geophysics (IPRG), Israel
Institute of Colombian Petroleum (ICP)
Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, Calgary
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (California)
Mississippi State University (Petroleum Engineering)
NORSAR ('Norwegian Seismic Array')
Pennsylvania State University, Petroleum Engineering Dpt.
Petroleum Recovery Research Center, Socorro (New Mexico)
Rice University, Houston
Rogaland Research, Stavanger
University of Aberdeen, Dpt of Geology and Petroleum Geology
University of Alberta, Dpt of Physics (Seismology & Rock Physics)
University of Bergen, Geological Institute, Norway
University of Calgary, Dpt of Geology & Geophysics
University of Glasgow, Dpt of Geology & Applied Geology
University of Newcastle, UK (Geochemistry Group)
University of Oslo, Dpt of Geology, Norway
University of South Carolina/University of Utah:
Earth Sciences and Resources Institute
University of Texas at Austin
University of Trondheim, Dpt of Petroleum Technology
University of Uppsala, Institute of Earth Sciences (Sweden)
University of Wyoming at Laramie, Wyoming
KNOWN GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS/GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS ON THE INTERNET
Alberta Research Council
Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO)
[formerly known as BMR]
British Antarctic Survey
British Geological Survey
Canadian Provincial Geological Surveys:
British Columbia Geological Survey Branch
Nfld. and Labrador Geological Survey Branch
Ontario Geological Survey
Geological Survey of Canada
Geological Survey of Finland
Geological Survey of the Netherlands
Geological Survey of Victoria, Australia
Survey and Land Information Department, New Zealand
United States Geological Survey
United States State Geological Surveys:
Illinois State Geological Survey
Nebraska Geological Survey
Oklahoma Geological Survey Observatory
Utah Geological Survey
WHO ELSE IS ON THE INTERNET?
Many other petroleum E&P organizations worldwide, every major university
in the world, numerous government departments, some 20 Million InterNet
users worldwide. According to FORTUNE Magazine, of the InterNet networks
registered globally, 63% belong to businesses or their research labs.
Twenty thousand of Schlumberger's 50,000 employees routinely use e-mail
and many depend on the InterNet to communicate with customers, suppliers,
and university researchers (FORTUNE, March 14 issue, 1994).
12 Jun 1994 [firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorg Schulz-Rojahn)]
11. Are there more earthquakes now than in ancient history?
No. There has been an improvement in the collection of earthquake
information which has caused an apparent rise in the number of
earthquakes but this is due to improved seismology networks and not due
to increased activity within the earth.
12. Are there any song lyrics related to Geology?
There is enough material in the present discussion in sci.geo.geology.
I have tried to compile a list:
- Carl Ruggles: "Of Men and Mountains"
- PDQ Bach: "The Stoned Guest"
- Paul Simon: "Love me like a rock"
- John Prime: "Paradise"
- Daddy, won't you take me back to Muelenberg County,
- Down by the Green River where Paradise lay?
- I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking,
- Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.
- Mendelsson: "Fingal's Cave" (The Hebridean Overture)
- Tori Amos's last but one album: "Little Earthquakes."
- Bob Dylan: "Blowin' in the Wind"
- How many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea?
- Pete Seeger:
- If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the mornin',
- I'd hammer in the evenin', all over this land
- Grofe: "Grand Canyon Suite"
- "Fossils" from Carnival of Animals (Saint-Saens)
- Hovhaness: "Mt. St. Helens Symphony"
- a Czech composer whose name escapes me: "volcano symphony - on Vesuvius"
- Cass Elliot: "The fault line runs right through here"
- Antoine Brumel: "Missa Et ecce terrae motus" - The Earthquake Mass
- Stravinsky: "Rites of Spring" with reference to Disney's Fantasia.
- Holst: "The Planets"
- Warren Zevon (I can't remember the name of the song):
- And if California slides into the ocean
- like the mystics and statistics say it will
- I predict this hotel will be standing
- until I pay my bill
18 Aug 1994 [email@example.com (Lars Aronsson)]
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