Some of the biggest events of the year had geology themes:
Gulf Oil spill Haiti earthquake kills Chilean miners rescue Iceland volcano shuts down air traffic [right, satellite view of eruption plume reaching to Europe. Credit NASA] Climate science becomes hot button political issue China's control of rare earth minerals Floods devastate Pakistan
A few of the geo-topics that got our attention even if they didn't make the evening news were:
Water on Mars and the potential for an early wet and warm environment that could have supported life Ongoing discovery of a plethora of extra solar planets Unraveling the full Neanderthal genome
I'm sure there are many others that I'm forgetting. I plan on listing the Arizona geo-themes for 2010 in a separate post.