Earth Science Week is next week!

Happy Earth Science Week in advance! Make sure that you hug a geologist! Or a climatologist or ecologist, if you must find a substitute. Every year, Earth Science Week has a theme, with a lot of support from government agencies (such as NASA and NOAA), and professional groups (such as AAPG and AAAS). Lots of ...

Modeling Meanders

Alfalfa Sprouts Key To Discovering How Meandering Rivers Form Some very cool stuff from the world of Geomorphology. Now that we’re realizing that channelizing rivers sometimes isn’t the best idea (well, as far as the flood plains and nearby shores are concerned, it’s never a good idea) and trying to get them back to their ...

A Girl and Her Pet Rock (1)

One of the cool things we’re doing for this field class is cutting a thin section of a rock that we picked up on one of the field trips. Chuck, our teacher, has been calling these rocks our “pet rocks.” I picked my pet rock up at the Green Mountain Kimberlite. And named it Bobby. ...

I love the Ig Nobels

A bit belated, but such is the life of a college student who is attempting to beat her Worst Jane Eyre Essay Ever in to something a bit tamer, hopefully even a Not Quite The Worst Jane Eyre Essay Ever. If I’m lucky. I may just have to settle for the I Was Going To ...

Backyard Geology: The Valles Caldera

There’s still some geology left for me this semester – this coming Monday I get to start cutting my thin section from the kimberlite I picked up at Green Mountain. Eventually the thin section will be made in to a slide and I’ll be doing a petrographic analysis, taking a photo micrograph of it, and ...

ESLI

This week, I come bearing a link: The Earth Science Literacy Initiative I hadn’t actually heard of this before. My mom got a copy of their flier when she was on a tour, and then handed it off to me. It is one densely packed little folded piece of paper. One thing I did notice ...

Backyard Geology: Capulin Volcano

Four days in a row of hiking (since even though we came back on Sunday, we did another hike on Monday) have just about destroyed me. I’m limping around like an old lady today. Lots of very, very cool stuff was seen on the field trip. Yes, I took many pictures. No, I haven’t uploaded ...

Sinkholes and Giant Rats

Okay, they’re not actually related. Just a couple of nifty links for today – I got something of a late start this morning because the cat that I’m cat-sitting had a pee accident. The result was a lot of frantic squirting of Nature’s Miracle and me getting out of the house close to an hour ...

Backyard Geology: The Green Mountain Kimberlite

Unfortunately, I can’t provide very good directions to this one, and there’s a good reason for it. We drove up to Green Mountain (near Boulder, Colorado), got on one of the trails, and then at a random time just sort of bombed off into the underbrush. It involved going down and back up an extremely ...

Backyard Geology: Recent Volcanism in Colorado (part I)

Well, school has started; expect to see a lot of backyard geology posts for the next month, since I’m in an igneous and metamorphic field geology class. We’ll be going to some very cool places! Sites first, then a bit of background: Valmont Dike is a very striking feature in Boulder. The best place to ...