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As of 2019-07-30, Rock identification questions are off-topic on Earth Science Stack Exchange. Please see this meta post. Please find another forum for your question. When you do find another forum, please do refer to the underlying guide, as it is universally useful regardless of where you ask. How to ask an "Identify this rock" question This guide is ...


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Yes. All the physical processes on other planets are relevant to understanding our Earth. In fact, people who study the early Earth often interact significantly with people who study these processes on other planets. Also, planetary scientists, in general, interact more with geoscientists than they do with astrophysicists. A good dividing line for planetary ...


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YES! We really do need MathJax on here. There's going to be a lot of times in which we need to reference formulas, or other such stuff, and MathJax will make everything a lot easier in these cases. The Stack Exchange team looks for posts that would benefit by having MathJax, so let's make a list of such posts. Some posts that could use this: How is ocean ...


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hichris123 profile for hichris123 on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/3046327.png I don't think I need to say much. Over the last six months, I've worked extensively with hichris on the Charcoal project, and it's been an awesome experience. I would have no reservations in giving him an ...


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gerrit profile for gerrit on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/935589.png gerrit has been noticeably active since the definition phase of this project, is one of the most active users on the site and on meta, and has a strong background on SE in general, and is also currently undertaking ...


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It is not time for that yet, we've only been in beta for a year and many sites have gone on longer. It is true that we are only averaging 2.0 questions/day (I am referencing the stats here) but that isn't really a big change from anywhere in this site's history. We were at one point averaging a bit over 3 questions/day, but that is about all we've achieved....


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I feel strongly that programming-related questions should be on topic here. For many geoscience programming questions, this is the only SE site where one could reasonably expect to get a good answer. Much Earth Science software has little or no direct connection with GIS (or with other neighbouring topics like physics or chemistry). A question about plotting ...


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Good post. I strongly urge everyone to follow the advice. I see in other sections thousands look at posts but no-one votes. I do, however, want to stress the role of down-voting though. The help states; Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, well-researched, and useful, while voting down a post ...


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No, please stop. You are not being "marked" on "the number of questions asked and the number of answers provided." Rallying around statistics and urging folks to hit the numbers is not the way to build a healthy site. Your job right now is to ask the interesting and intriguing questions you encounter in your every day work. Period. The Community Team takes ...


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The rule on other science SE sites I'm on is that SI units have supremacy (except on Physics.SE where natural units have primacy when the context suits). I propose adopting the following rule here. SI units are mandated. If someone insists on using imperial units, they should use the SI unit, and then put the equivalent imperial unit in parentheses.


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Yes they are on topic and I think they are great for the site. Questions like these will increase the usefulness of the site and attract more technical users. The scientific community has many list-serves and other sources for Q/A on these types of questions. However, in my experience, the content is often only available to list-serve members and not ...


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I think ecology as such is not really Earth Science, and fits better on the Biology stack exchange. However, the biosphere certainly has an important role for the Earth. So I would say that if it is about interaction between the biosphere and other parts of the Earth system, it is on-topic. But if it is about ecological niches of species in an ecosystem, ...


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I think that is a good idea. GIS of course has its own stackexchange site, but depending on the question, a GIS question could also be asked here. I would even allow very earth-science specific programming questions here, rather than on stackexchange proper. But it all depends on the question.


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There's a large difference between bullying and close votes. Closing on Stack Exchange is meant to identify questions that aren't on-topic or can be made better so they're answerable. Closing isn't a personal attack against you. Stack Exchange is supposed to be a place where experts get together to answer questions. Apparently that user doesn't think that ...


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Having posted the impassioned wall of text that I just did (sorry!), I figured I should also answer the question that was asked: I think that when mature this should be an expert site that also welcomes more basic questions. I would favour going for a similar strapline to the maths or the biology one, something like "For earth scientists, people studying ...


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This has an answer at meta.SE -- see Is it poor form to switch accepted answers? Consensus is that it is perfectly acceptable to change an accepted answer. Keep in mind, the goal of SE is quality answers, and moving that 15 rep around shouldn't be a consideration.


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I'm Simon. I'm a PhD student in Scotland, looking at regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling as applied to tidal stream energy. User of the MIKE modelling suite.


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My name is Gerrit Holl and I work as a researcher at the German Weather Service (DWD). My PhD was on atmospheric remote sensing of ice clouds, using scientific and operational satellites, and my current work is to prepare the weather service for the next generation of geostationary satellites. I have a broad interest in Earth sciences but a particular ...


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I am Peter and can be labelled as a glaciologist. I study glaciers and climate as well as glacier and ice sheet dynamics and hydrology. Otherwise, I am employed and involved in all things academic at the university.


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If the occasional user comes here looking for that type of help, I don't see any need to create a policy prohibiting it. The problem becomes if a lot of the [indentify-this-*] questions become a prevalent part of the question listings. That's just not really what this site is about. But I would allow them and circle back around to this discussion if and only ...


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casey profile for casey on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/3672166.png? casey has been an active user since the start of the private beta and has shown an interest in the site. casey has supplied excellent responses thus far and has experience in computer modeling and meteorology (...


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We only need one of these tags, and climate-change should be the master.


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I think the rule of thumb will be the answer to the question: Do you think someone knowledgeable in Fortran but not in atmospheric sciences is more likely to help you than someone knowledgeable in atmospheric science but not in Fortran? It all depends on the actual or putative issue with the code: If the issue is with the algorithm then it is language-...


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My name is Brian Knight, and I have a MS in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas, USA. My career has moved into software since graduation, but I still remain interested in a variety of topics such as geomorphology, meteorology, petrology, and climatology. It's always great to be part of a group with such diverse backgrounds.


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I believe it is impossible to do so for every post. Some of the questions posed are basic textbook level and a reference in that case would be to one of many text-books. It is clear as in all science that citing your sources is useful and necessary but clearly there is a fine line when it should be "common knowledge" and in such cases one can ask common to ...


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No. The question does not have anything in common with a useful query on 'geology, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental sciences' The site is strictly for questions that are generally accepted by the community, until the Help Center is updated with some concrete guidelines concerning acceptable scope. As this site is fairly new, and hasn't been ...


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Earth Science focuses on scientific questions: What effects does deforestation of the Amazon have on regional precipitation patterns? What greenhouse gases are emitted by hydro-power lakes in midlatitude mountain regions? How has replacing CFCs with FCFCs impacted stratospheric chemistry? Sustainable Living focuses more on technology and personal choices. ...


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Thanks for initiating this conversation. Here are my answers: What is your discipline and level of knowledge (e.g. novice, curious, expert, etc)? My discipline is oceanography. More specifically the coastal ocean with a fair amount of modeling in my background. I have always looked for interdisciplinary problems and currently I am involved with sediment ...


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In less than two weeks starts the EGU General Assembly 2014, a meeting where more than 10,000 geoscientists gather, covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. This should be an excellent audience to reach out to. A long time ago, usenet was actively used. I know a scientist who was a graduate student in the best days of usenet, ...


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I'm Scott. I am finishing up an MSc in geology and will be focusing on computational geodynamics for my PhD starting this fall quarter. My interests are far in wide, but most notably the modeling of dynamics at tectonic margins. I'm currently developing on CitcomS, but will be switching to ASPECT.


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