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Monday, 30 March 2015
I’m visiting Australia at the moment and will have a few blog posts to write up once I’m back at home. For now, though, here’s a sneak peek at some geology in Sydney. I took this picture close to Bondi Beach. There are some lovely exposures of sandstone outcrops near the
Every day I’m home, I’m surrounded by cats. The clowder is rarely more than a few feet away
Arrived safely in Argentina. Don't know why the world is so cruel? I leave town after 3 months at home and it snows like crazy on my lovely wife. Nary a flake while I was there to help her. Some would say it's a sign - stay home! I agree it's a sign. But it tells me - bring her with you!Here are some views of Buenos Aires in the dog days of summer.Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and serves as the New York, London, and Beijing of the country. But BA has trees. Sycamores to be exact. It [...]
Corsham Walking Festival 12th-14th JuneThe Walking Festival has two specific short Geological walks, led by Elizabeth Devon, one in Corsham and one in Box, looking at how the buildings in Corsham have been shaped by the beautiful stone quarried in the area, and how Box’s landscape reveals much about the geology that has shaped it.In addition, stone features large on the agenda for the walks; there are walks on Saturday and Sunday where an underground quarry explorer and guide, Martin [...]
Today is the 10-year-anniversary of the day I adopted Lola the cat. She’s been a faithful companion for a quarter of my life! Here’s the day it happened, as recorded in my 2005 calendar: Look at this historical document – Titanic opens; Malcolm Gladwell giving a talk; I was still doing woodcut block printing – and I was teaching structural geology at GMU then, too. Earlier in the same week,
Once a hard shelled animal dies it's shell often lies around on top of the muddy bottom until it gets buried. While it is exposed it provides a hard surface for many other encrusting animals that otherwise would not be able to establish themselves. Today I have two examples of trace fossils that were left on the interior surfaces of pelecypod shells from the Devonian aged Panther Mountain formation in NY.First up is this shell which may be an Actinodesma erectum or another species. It's hard to [...]
Today is Charles Darwin’s 206 birthday, and I crossed his path by accident last October in Falmouth, UK. Darwin left for London (and home) from a building in Portsmouth that still stands. It’s an HSBC Bank branch now, but on that Sunday in 1836, it was a coaching inn. You can see the historical marker on the corner of the building, and a closeup of it is below. Darwin would
My third day on JOIDES Resolution (JR), the ship, which will be my home for
the next two months. We are still at port and awaiting to receive necessary
clearance to leave the port. I have been on cruise before, but participating first time in an IODP expedition. I am very much
If you are thinking of brining a new canine friend home, one the questions that may be on your mind is: what is the right size and breed? To a great extent, a dog’s personality, behavior, and dietary and exercise requirements may be determined by its breed and size. Those who love the idea of
The Museum of Northern Arizona will offer three different courses this winter/spring related to the natural history of the Colorado Plateau. This is an excellent opportunity for those who live within the Flagstaff area to expand their knowledge of this beautiful landscape. The price of each course is a fantastic deal as well. The courses will be taught by experienced and passionate instructors who have many years of formal training and educational experience on the Plateau. General information [...]
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(30 visits) Ordovician; CA,US
Sometimes you make good finds not in the field but at home when you are sorting through your finds. The fossil below is such an example.When I picked it up I probably thought it was an inarticulate brachiopod but as I cleaned it up and looked more closely it seems to me that it might be something different. When you look at it in profile the very tip of the shell appears to point backwards rather than straight up. If this were an inarticulate brachiopod I would expect the tip to be straight or [...]
I made it back to Phoenix, Arizona last week according to schedule. It was a long journey, taking about 25 hours total. When I got home, I came down with a cold! (This is funny, since I was going from a cold place to a much warmer place. Night-time temperatures in Phoenix are warmer than day-time temperatures at Rothera!)Now that I'm back home and have fast internet, I want to share some video clips with you that I wasn't able to upload from Rothera Station.First, some wildlife! There were a [...]
Happy New Year everyone!! The Whirlpool of Life has taken a lengthy hiatus as I finished my most recent book, "How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature." Oh, and I have a day job to contend with too at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. However, the book is now completed and scheduled for release on March 24th. Here's the Amazon page, in case you're interested. So I thought it'd be appropriate to feature a parallel countdown of nature [...]
It's my home, and I've been known to denigrate it for it's pollution, dust, and visual desolation (hundreds of miles of monotonous agricultural fields). Only 5% of the original landscape of California's Great Valley remains. But there are times when my travels take me to places where I can travel back in time, and the natural beauty of the valley shines through. This week it was a return
Mt. Shasta and Shastina from the north
I hope that your holiday travels were safe and happy. I had a fine time visiting family across the Pacific Northwest, from Seattle to central Oregon, Northern California and home again. I had been looking forward to seeing a bevy of Cascades volcanoes, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, the Three Sisters, Mt. McLoughlin and the others.
It starts with little cascades like this...
That grow into brooks like this, repeated thousands of times over...
Which leads to this...
Our Christmas travels took us into the northwest of California and into Oregon, and as luck would have it, we drove right into a continuation of the storms that have been pounding the west coast this month. At home, we've already received
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They say home is where your heart is. That’s why HMNS is home to Lane the Triceratops, Nesh Kahns the mummy, a few bamboo sharks and, most certainly, our amazingly devoted patrons. This Giving Tuesday, consider making our Museum your home. We would … Continue reading
Here are a few pictures from a three-day cruise in the Galapagos Islands. This was my 7th or 8th time there. I just love the desert landscapes and wildlife.Tall opuntia cactus on Santa Fe Island. Many of the islands have variations of this species of Opuntia echios.Opuntia echios (var.) Found on Santa Fe Island.Many of the islands also have endemic iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus). You cna read more about them here.I think these are the most interesting of the many animals to be seen in [...]
The Arizona Geological Society reports that "Long-time AGS member P. K. (Rana) Medhi [photo credit, AGS] passed away Nov. 7, 2014 at his home in Casa Grande. Medhi, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Arizona Dept. of Mines and Mineral Resources, former adjunct professor of geology at Central Arizona College, and former Governor of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest retired