Daily Archives: April 13, 2015




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Channeled Scablands of Washington State (Patrick Stewart)


Published on Sep 9, 2013

The Channeled Scablands are a barren, relatively soil-free landscape in eastern Washington, scoured clean by a flood unleashed when a large glacial lake drained. They are a geologically unique erosional feature in the U.S. state of Washington. They were created by the cataclysmic Missoula Floods that swept periodically across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Plateau during the Pleistocene epoch. Geologist J Harlen Bretz coined the term in a series of papers in the 1920s. Debate over the origin of the Scablands raged for four decades and is one of the great debates in the history of earth science. The Scablands are also important to planetary scientists as perhaps the best terrestrial analog for the Martian outflow channels.

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Calling for Divestment, Protesters Blockade Mass. Hall


Members and supporters of activist group Divest Harvard hold signs and banners in front of Massachusetts Hall on Sunday night. The group says it plans to blockade the administrative building until Friday.

Organizer says activist group plans to continue the blockade through Friday

By Mariel A. Klein and Theodore R. Delwiche, CRIMSON STAFF WRITERSan hour ago

Alana M Steinberg

UPDATED: April 12, 2015, at 10:48 p.m.

Members and supporters of the activist group Divest Harvard began a planned blockade of three entrances to Massachusetts Hall on Sunday and were still rallying outside the building in protest of Harvard’s investment in fossil fuel companies late that evening.

At least 150 protesters had gathered in front of Mass. Hall by 8:50 p.m. on Sunday for a round of addresses and chants in front of the main entrance to the building, which houses the offices of top Harvard officials including University President Drew G. Faust. Some protesters held a long banner with the words “Heat Week,” the name for Divest Harvard’s planned week of protests, and blue neon signs that read “Divest from fossil fuels.” Others, carrying large backpacks, provisions, and tents, settled down near the entrances and pulled out their laptops, preparing for a long stay.

Around 9:15 p.m., Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana was seen near Mass. Hall speaking with protesters.

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Published on Apr 12, 2015

Environmental activist and former Crimson President Bill E. McKibben ’82 discusses possible outcomes of the April 2015 Harvard Heat Week protest. Reporter: Mariel A. Klein; Camera: Madeline R. Lear/The Harvard Crimson

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