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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Gone Hiking! Main Central Thrust Goriganga Valley Kumaon Himalayas 

Reporting on a Revolution [2015-02-25 17:39:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info

At last! I've been waiting for this for almost 2 years. Friday, I will  be departing for the little town of Munsiyari in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand to begin an eight day trek northwards towards the Milam and Rilam glaciers. Just take a look! Geology? The Munsiyari Thrust named after the town of Munsiyari is the lower bounding fault  of the Main Central Thrust Zone along which

Drilling deep 

AGU Meetings [2015-02-25 17:18:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
We’re in the Indian Ocean currently drilling the deepest of a six hole transect across the middle of the Bengal submarine fan. The fan covers the bottom of the Bay of Bengal with sediments eroded from the Himalayas. We’ll be devoting almost three weeks of our eight-week International Ocean Discovery Program expedition to drilling at this site. Our target: to reach 1,500 meters (about a mile) depth. Drilling this deep is a major challenge when you are drilling into the seafloor, which just [...]

Classification of things 'found in the ground' 

Earth Learning Idea [2015-02-23 17:58:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

The ELI 'Found in the ground: sorted!' is an introduction to classification using things found in the ground. This activity may be used in any lesson where the principles of classification are required. It forms a useful basis for further activities in Earth science. Unless pupils already know some geology, they usually arrange their groups on the basis of colour, ‘shininess’, ‘crystals’

Human Evolution- Multiple Opportunities For Migrating "Out Of Africa" 

Reporting on a Revolution [2015-02-23 10:08:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
There really seems to be a connection between orbital mechanics and human behavior, though not in a way astrologers think it to be! From the early online February issue of Geology- The dispersal of human populations out of Africa into Arabia was most likely linked to episodes of climatic amelioration, when increased monsoon rainfall led to the activation of drainage systems,

Looking from the sky at diamonds 

Metageologist [2015-02-22 13:33:10]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info
When a geologist looks at Google Maps images, we usually filter out any human activity. But in the case of mines, that would be a mistake – the holes humans dig can tell us about the geology. What’s this? A big … Continue reading

‘A love letter to the scenery of the Jurassic Coast’ – the geology of Broadchurch 

Geological Society of London blog [2015-02-20 10:59:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

 Jurassic; IE
Did Joe kill Danny? Do we care about Sandbrook? What’s with all the bluebells? Will Alec make it through those super tense court scenes alive? On Monday, at least some of these questions should be answered as the slightly topsy-turvy … Continue reading

Movies in your geology 

Magma Cum Laude [2015-02-13 02:29:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info
No, that's not a typo - it's the topic of a discussion I prompted on Twitter a few weeks ago and then immediately forgot to post about. Fortunately, through the wonder of Storify, I can recap it for everyone. The backstory is that I had a request from a reader for movies he could show that featured geologically interesting places, but weren't necessarily about geology or disasters. He also requested that they be fairly popular (things that had done well at the box office and might be expected [...]

17th February - Geology and Human Health and AGM 

Geology in the West Country [2015-02-12 18:42:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

Darwin Did Geology, Too! A Collection of Quotes for Your Darwin Day Enjoyment 

Rosetta Stones [2015-02-12 09:18:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info
It’s Darwin Day! Celebrating Darwin’s birthday is a lot of fun, and if you know the right skeptic’s group, there may be cake. With dinosaurs! But the reason why many Darwin Day... -- Read more on

Tenure-track Instructor of Chemistry position at Modesto Junior College 

Geotripper [2015-02-11 23:57:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info

It's not geology, but if there are any great chemistry professors out there who've been impressed with what I've been writing about our incredible Science Community Center, we might have a place for you here. The college will be hiring for a tenure-track position at Modesto Junior College in California's Great Valley. Information can be found here:

POTD February 10, 2015: San Rafael Swell and Henry Mountains from Temple Mountain, Emery County, Utah 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2015-02-11 01:33:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info

This photo shows another way that ‪#‎UtahGeology‬ can really knock you off of your feet. Don’t forget your sea legs as you look out over the vast sea of geology! San Rafael Swell and Henry Mountains from Temple Mountain, Emery County, Utah Photographer: Paul Kuehne; ©

Winter Road Tripping – Lost Palms Oasis 

WATCH FOR ROCKS - Travels of a Sharp-Eyed Geologist [2015-02-01 05:58:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (50 visits) info

In the waning hours of my two–week “2014 Winter SoCal Adventure” last month, fate offered up a gorgeous southern California Christmas Eve Day hike. Barely 20 miles up the interstate from my condo in Indio, I found exactly what I was looking for once more in the fan palm oases of Joshua Tree National Park. The previous day, my first hike in the Park was to the oasis in Forty Nine Palms canyon (you can read about that adventure here). The geology of this second hike would prove to be quite [...]

Rocks in the right place at the right time… 

Four Degrees [2015-01-29 16:08:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info
Flo looks two examples of the strange and important ways that geology and where it’s located can affect international governance and regulation. From the presence of tiny coralline islands to ownership of the Arctic! I’ve always had an interest in the peculiarities of geology and geomorphology and the inordinate (sometimes almost absurd!) ways that they play their part in deciding on big international governance. Humanity has long-relied on the presence of geological features such [...]

An Offensive Strategy for Dealing With Creationist Attacks on Science 

Rosetta Stones [2015-01-28 08:55:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (27 visits) info
I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading about the failures of young earth creationist attempts at doing geology. Many people have come before me, tearing this nonsense down bit-by-bit.... -- Read more on

Died This Day: Adam Sedgwick 

Palaeoblog [2015-01-27 20:26:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

 Cambrian; GB
Adam Sedgwich (March 22, 1785 - January 27, 1873) was an English geologist who first applied the name Cambrian to the geologic period of time, now dated at 570 to 505 million years ago. In 1818 he became Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge, holding a chair that had been endowed ninety years before by the natural historian John Woodward. He lacked formal training in geology, but

Post-doc Opportunity in Watershed Modeling at Kent State University 

Watershed Hydrogeology Blog [2015-01-27 14:19:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

Post-doctoral Associate in Watershed Modeling A post-doctoral position focusing on hydrologic modeling of urban watersheds is available in the Department of Geology, Kent State University, in the lab of Anne Jefferson ( The successful candidate will have experience using RHESSys or another distributed watershed model and interest in applying their

What’s up? The Friday links (68) 

Paleoseismicity [2015-01-23 11:02:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info
Welcome back! Fewer links, a bit more to read! Do roads mean landslides are more likely? What were the Great Survey geologists wrong about? Today is Friday and here are your links! Do roads mean landslides are more likely? Laura Roberts-Artal wrote a column on landslide susceptibility near highways (and about this paper: Brenning et al. 2015)   Scientific understanding and interpretation changes of the time. When the subject of geology was still quite young, the Uinta sandstone was

Images of Guatemala (9) – Conflict and Disasters 

Geology for Global Development [2015-01-23 10:00:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info

Until 1996, Guatemala was in the midst of a brutal Civil War. This sculpture in the Presidential Palace of Guatemala City is a reminder of that troubled past and symbolic of a hopeful peaceful future. In the same way that conflict/disasters can hamper and set-back development efforts, conflict can also set-back disaster risk reduction and management. Even once finished, past conflicts can erode trust between different groups. High levels of trust are a crucial factor in both preparing for [...]

It’s National Hug Day! Let’s Hug the Geology of Hug Point! 

Rosetta Stones [2015-01-21 09:14:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

Hug Point State Park in Oregon could use a hug. Pioneers certainly weren’t very affectionate with it: they blew bits of it up. Millions of years before that, massive amounts of flood basalt... -- Read more on

Building stones of the Acropolis (Athens, Greece) 

Mountain Beltway [2015-01-20 13:06:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (57 visits) info

As a follow-up to my post about the geology of the Acropolis klippe in Athens, Greece, and in the spirit of my post on the building stones of the Haghia Sophia in İstabul, Turkey, let’s turn our attention today to the various rocks that ancient Greeks used to construct the buildings of the Acropolis, such as the Parthenon. When we went to Greece in September, we didn’t just look at | Impressum