Is working in Oil & Gas immoral?

We often look at the Oil & Gas industry and wonder how anyone would be willing to work there. All the environmental catastrophes, the carbon footprint of cars powered by oil and lately the fracking business, they’re all deemed to be the devil institutionalized. So on Reddit, the question was asked: Is working in Oil […]

EBCDIC punch card from 1964.

How punch cards helped me get to know my data – EBCDIC

Today I learned something interesting. Old habits die hard and seismics is a pretty old business. There are a couple of standards for storing seismic data in file formats. One of them is the so-called SEG-Y standard. It starts with information about the data set called header and then the actual seismic data is written. […]

Know your scale – Why wavelengths are so important

So you thought there is just one “seismics”? In general, we might say that the seismics experiment is watching mechanical waves travel through Earth and then apply science on it to get an image of the Earth’s interior. However, this experiment and the science behind it has a high degree of uncertainty. When we conduct […]

How to score that geophysics job – a data-driven approach

Did you ever wonder what employers actually want from you? Well, I did. Pretty much always. Seems like a huge mystery. So as I was updating my LinkedIn profile, I realized that I could tailor my profile to actually be found by companies looking for a geophysicist. They’re actually making it really easy on you […]

Improve your programming; be a better geophysicist

My personal experience with geophysics is that it’s very heavy-sided towards programming. For me this is great. I have been quite the nerd in my childhood and learned some very basic C programming on my first computer. However, I can understand if you didn’t have that kind of head start. A lot of my mates […]

Maximizing your Geo-knowledge in minimum time!

See the updated page on geoscience resources Publish or perish! This is often the case in academia. The knowledge base is ever growing and keeping up can be quite a hassle. Checking all the different websites for valuable information or the newest papers can be very time consuming. Fortunately, the early internet has brought forward […]

Dangerous cargo and magnetic prospection

This week a boat in Hamburg was carrying dangerous cargo. It was an unexploded grenade that had been found on a building site. Now it might seem weird that this kind of cargo is being transported on a boat on the largest lake in Hamburg, but a time fuse made it impossible to defuse the […]

Happy New Year! – On gravitational attraction

A new year starts and suddenly a lot of people are concerned about their gravitational attraction to the Earth. In January new subscriptions to the gym spike compared to every other month. Weight watchers and a lot of the other programs for weight reduction invest in every commercial break on TV. Gravity is a very […]

The Apocalypse – a Geoscientific View

Today is a fun day. Some New Age guys decided that an ending calendar of an ancient culture can only have one meaning: The world is going to end. Homer Simpson on the end Copyright Matt Groening Now this happens quite often and some people will always tell you that this world is going to […]

A Global Lithological Map

It’s colorful, it’s huge and it’s a hundred times more detailed than its predecessors. <span class=”removed_link” title=”http://www.vis.klimacampus.de/2270.html&L=1″>http://www.vis.klimacampus.de/2270.html?&L=1</span> It’s a new lithological map of the worldHartmann, J., & Moosdorf, N. (2012). The new global lithological map database GLiM: A representation of rock properties at the Earth surface Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13 DOI: 10.1029/2012GC004370. The map is […]