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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

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Died This Day: Wallace Beery 

Palaeoblog [2015-04-15 14:58:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery (April 1, 1885 – April 15, 1949) was an American actor who appeared in more than 250 films in over 36 years. At 16 he ran away from home and joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant elephant trainer, but left two years later, after being clawed by a leopard. His career spanned the transition from silent movies to the talkies. He won an Academy award in

Monday Geology Picture: More Sydney Sandstone 

Georneys [2015-04-06 10:00:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (45 visits) info

I’m still in Australia at the moment but will be home in a few days. I’m looking forward to writing up a few blog posts about some geological sights in Australia once I’m back home. For now, though, here’s a picture showing another beautiful example of sandstone in the Sydney area. This picture was taken at the Sydney Zoo. The red and orange colors are a result of iron oxidation.

Monday Geology Picture: Cross-Bedding Near Bondi Beach, Australia 

Georneys [2015-03-30 10:00:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (53 visits) info

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

Dinosaur Whiskers? 

Laelaps [2015-03-28 02:21:50]  recommend  recommend this post  (51 visits) info
Every day I’m home, I’m surrounded by cats. The clowder is rarely more than a few feet away

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Earthly Musings [2015-03-02 23:08:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

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 [...]

Geology-themed walks - Corsham Walking Festival 

Geology in the West Country [2015-02-24 18:13:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info

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 [...]

A decade of Lola the cat 

Mountain Beltway [2015-02-17 15:05:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info
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,

Evidence of post mortem activity in fossil Pelecypod shells from the Panther Mountain formation 

Views of the Mahantango [2015-02-17 09:01:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

 Devonian; US
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 [...]

Crossing Paths With Darwin 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2015-02-13 02:50:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (40 visits) info

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

JOIDES Resolution: port call days in Singapore 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2015-02-01 03:58:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (66 visits) info

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 read

Bigger Better, Smaller Smarter? 

Bob Jamieson dot Net [2015-01-29 13:44:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info
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

Museum of Northern Arizona to Offer Adult Learning Classes on the Colorado Plateau 

Earthly Musings [2015-01-22 16:23:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

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 [...]

Possible Monoplacophoran fossil from the Ludlowville formation 

Views of the Mahantango [2015-01-22 09:01:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info

 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 [...]

Now that I'm home... some videos! 

polar soils blog [2015-01-19 20:20:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

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 [...]

Make New Nature Habits 

The Whirlpool of Life [2015-01-01 18:23:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

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 [...]

Evening Scenes of a Primeval Landscape: The Great Valley as it was 

Geotripper [2014-12-31 07:26:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (27 visits) info

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

The Volcano That Wasn't There, and Two That Were... 

Geotripper [2014-12-30 06:20:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (60 visits) info

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.

Rain? In a Rain Forest? Exploring California and Oregon on the 50th Anniversary of the Biggest Flood Ever 

Geotripper [2014-12-22 16:55:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (208 visits) info

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

Just in Time for Christmas! All the Gargantuan Guides in One Place! 

Rosetta Stones [2014-12-18 14:30:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (27 visits) info

Do you still have gifts to buy? Don’t want to leave the comfort of your home or office? Are you dreading the very thought of stepping into a store? Want to give the gift of knowledge and... -- Read more on

Home is Where The Science is: Become a museum member this Giving Tuesday! 

BEYONDbones [2014-12-03 01:00:49]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
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 | Impressum