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10th Anniversary of Earth Science SE!

In April, Earth Science SE turned 10 years old. Congratulations on asking, answering, voting, and building this community for a whole decade! Whenever a Stack Exchange site turns 10 we like to ...
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New tag for tipping-point and metastability

While searching for questions (e.g. 1, 2) on the topics of metastability and tipping-points, in the context of environmental systems, I noticed that tags related to these fundamental concepts are ...
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Can I publicize ESSE in my geology apps for first courses students? What should I say in the ad if so?

I am publishing along 2023/24 a serie of guide plus quiz smartphones geology apps to do later a trivial videogame for first courses geology students. I wonder if I can profit my apps serie to atract ...
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Stack Exchange Data Explorer queries. Analysis of the evolution of Earth Science Stack Exchange and conclusions

I asked in main meta help to do a SEDE query for questions, answers and upvotes in the history of Earth Science Stack Exchange since its start in 2014. Here you can check the query for questions, ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Are questions about paleoantropology suited for ESSE?

I asked this question I thought migth interest neuroscientists, the community from wich I could receive a serious feedback about my theory of autism present in Heidelbergensis (the geological history ...
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If you attended TASTI 2023, which talks might you find particularly interesting/informative?

TASTI 2023 (Taiwan International Assembly of Space Science, Technology, and Industry) runs all next week in Taipei. There will be many talks - some days have several parallel sessions. (keynote ...
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Economic geography -- on topic?

I've been thinking about asking this question for a while. But I saw a good example that made me go ahead and ask it now. Recently, this History SE question was (rightly) closed as off-topic for ...
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Is it okay to ask a question in order to identify an extraterrestrial-like pattern?

In Google Maps satellite mode I saw an odd pattern on the ground as if extraterrestrial creatures -if they exist- have created it! Is it okay to ask to identify these patterns in the site?
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Why so many rock identification requests?

As an undergrad student in the Earth Sciences I get really frustrated by the sheer amount of rock ID requests. Is this something we all tolerate? I feel like this site has the potential to be a great ...
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Tag Editing - [humid] & [arid]

Judging by time stamps, it appears the OP for the question What is the definition for a hyper-humid area? created the arid and ...
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What happens when a question is closed as a duplicate of a (presumably) deleted question

I was browsing recent questions on Earth Science, and came across this question, which is closed as a duplicate of this other question. However, the latter appears to be a deleted question. Now, I'm ...
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Does it matter if I generate questions using AI?

I asked for a policy regarding AI-use in the site, but nobody is saying anything. I guess we don't have a trouble, so nobody wonders. I generated a question title using GPT-4 and posted it, as we have ...
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Should we define an ESSE AI-use policy?

ChatGPT-generated questions and answers are temporary banned on Stack Overflow. The reason is that the AI does not solve correctly all code problems and gives bad answers. In Meta there was a proposal ...
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Please vote for quality content

When we started this site in 2014, we encouraged everyone to vote early and often, and people did. Now this site is not young anymore. In the past 5 years, we have seen a steady increase in the ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should we sugest merges in some of the tags we have that are potential synonyms?

I agree in most of the potential tag synonyms @bon sugested to merge in 2016. My opinion: minerals and mineralogy It is anoying ...
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Should we clean up the tags on this site?

I am an active user on chemistry.SE and I've recently become interested in Earth Science and have started to participate over here as well. One of things I noticed whilst browsing around the site was ...
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Introduce yourselves here

So I'm curious: what area of geoscience do you study, and where do you study it? What is your background and what is your general story?
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Revisit/change agriculture tag?

It seems we are more regularly getting questions that are about agricultural techniques themselves, rather than connected to earth science topics. I believe we are mostly in agreement that such ...
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[measurements], [field-measurements], [in-situ-measurements] tags; do we need all three? Some definitions for the last two?

I just asked How did they know that there was a "desert tsunami" in a Death Valley cave after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake near the southwest of Mexico? and found there are three "...
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Would this question be welcome here?

So though this is written in a physics format. I suspect this relevant for metrology but still wanted a second opinion if this question would be welcome here? https://physics.stackexchange.com/...
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Should we have rock type tags (or remove the existing ones)?

While browsing the tags, I noticed that we have limestone, but with only 20 questions. I've looked for other rock type tags, but couldn't find tags for the most common ones, e.g., sandstone, basalt, ...
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On the usage of the reference/resource request tags

There are currently 42 questions with the reference-request tag$-$I've just added a few. (The relevance of such questions for the site was already discussed here.) Some of them ask for proper ...
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New Stack Exchange: Climate Models

maybe you've noticed that I have been asking a lot of questions about climate models recently. So I thought it would be a good idea to relieve this page and open a new Stack Exchange page, which ...
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Should we ask for the 3 votes to close-reopen feature?

I have read this meta post that say some sites are testing 3-votes to close and reopen feature. In my opinion moderators should ask to include us in those sites. My reason is there are not enough ...
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Proper response to edit warring

What should the appropriate response be to edit warring on questions? There's a question I've written an answer to so I've notices that various contributors keep undoing each other's edits. The ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is our Beta label being removed?

Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating and Freelancing is graduating and Retrocomputing is graduating and Economics is graduating, I'm curious if Earth ...
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About closing question and trying to find out its reasons

I have one question, as you can see below: How many people could be fed in this world? [closed] So I don't get any off-topic comment, and get one answer too. But as you can see below, it has been ...
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Revisiting whether agriculture is on topic

Highly related, but never resolved: Is agriculture on topic? The site has had several agriculture-related questions of late, the vast majority of which have been closed as off-topic. The most recent ...
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Does Earth Science cover the practical aspects of combatting climate change?

I recently went searching through the Stack Exchange site list for one that may support practical advice for combating climate change on every level: personal, business, local, state or nationally. ...
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Do we need both [climate] and [climatology] tags?

I noticed that we have both tags. They are not synonyms and I cannot suggest them to be. However, their descriptions sound pretty similar: climate Average weather conditions for a particular area ...
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Shall we have a "cite your sources" policy for answers?

I want this site to succeed. I want a site that attracts experts. Real experts. Not people like me, but scientists with 25 years of experience in a sub-field of atmospheric science. I'm seeing ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Currently, the original poster of a question can accept one non-deleted answer. This does several things, ...
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Satellites, weather-satellites and remote-sensing, why not earth-observation-satellite for the first two and keep the third for non-satellite Q's?

To the question How can I relation aerosol particle size (2, 5 and 10 microns) with the aerosol index measurement of the Sentinel-5P (TROPOMI) data sets? I've added both satellites 50 questions The ...
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My Question's Guide to new Community Members

Some new community members I noticed don't check the How do I ask a good question's Page so I made this Google Doc the Goes over how to ask correctly, explains important key things to keep in mind ...
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Should we consolidate rain forecast questions?

There are many questions about how to interpret rain in the weather forecast. Some are focused on the PoP, some are focused on the amount, while others are focused on trying to find a relationship ...
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Fossil identification is not off-topic even on this new, "controversial" rule

Only rock identification is off-topic. Please vote to reopen this question.
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Tags Antarctica and Antarctic: request merge

Antarctic currently has more posts but Antarctica seems more correct.
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Science stack exchanges helping other science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. The Earth Science SE is one of the sites that ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Earth Science's moderator election has come to a close. Since there were not enough candidates, we simply appointed the sole candidate: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election for 2021

Earth Science Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election beginning on May 24th to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Should there be a tag about the Himalayas?

Now, I understand there is a tag about Mountains, but people use the Himalayas as an example a lot, and people ask about the Indian-Eurasian plate collision every once in a while. I'm taking the ...
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Skepticism about the intentions of a particular question

A question with the title Does the Earth produces measurable gravitational waves? was posted on 9 May 2021.1 I am skeptical about the questions intention. Is it a legitimate question, in which case ...
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Earth Science Home Page Formatting

Biology SE has an extraordinary Background Design when you enter it, maybe this explains why it has such an active user base and far more Members than Earth Science SE. All of the Beta Sites don't ...
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Should we make a review of geology related tags on posts?

Well I have time, I do not know a lot of the tags beneficts but it looks important for correctly search for information. Lots of examples where they are not correctly tagged when we talk about ...
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Do we need mod elections?

My experience here is mainly due to my activity in Chess and Earth Science Stack Exchanges. While I see very active moderators in Chess Exchange: Brian Towers and Glorfindel, I don't see the diamond ...
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I've had enough. Let's ban rock id questions

Let's completely ban rock id questions, and delete the old ones. Here's why: These rocks are of interest only to the person who opened them. They can rarely be used as a reference point, which is ...

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