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 ...

As always, humans are less patient than geology.

Clash Over Rebirth of Mt. St. Helens Basically, there are getting to be louder and louder disagreements over the Forest Service management of the study area at Mt. St. Helens. It’s been almost thirty years since the eruption. No doubt most people are ready to move on, but not those pesky scientists. I really do ...

Friday Link-O-Rama!

Water triggers earthquakes – An interesting look at the influence of water on fault deformation and volcano formation at a plate boundary. This of course immediately put me in mind of other situations in which fluids influence fault activity in my own backyard, Such as in Trinidad, Colorado recently, as well as the famous Rocky ...

Spiderbots!

From the Department of That Is Some Awesome Technology You’ve Got There: Scientists invent ’spiderbots’ that talk amongst themselves inside active volcano. I think this is some pretty exciting stuff, and I’m glad to see that NASA is working on it. Basically, they’re developing robots to form a self-healing network for sensing seismic data. The ...

Women at TAM (SGU interview)

There’s a lively discussion going on at Skepchick regarding women in skepticism. More precisely, women in skepticism as things went at TAM, which was discussed in this week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe via interview. Here is the SGU forum thread about that episode, which contains a lot of discussion about the interview. I did ...

Source Material Theater: HR 3200

In the fight against BS, I don’t think there’s any tool in the skeptical arsenal more important than source material. I’ve often seen scientific papers cited (or quote-mined, as the case may be) by someone pushing pseudoscience. It lends an air of credibility to their claims. When that happens, the most important thing to do ...

Within the heart of every mountain, there slumbers a pyramid.

I’ve still got a cold, so I’m going to keep this pretty short and sweet. I’m having a hard time writing anything even vaguely coherent. But here we go. From the people who brought us pyramids in Bosnia: Pyramids in Romania? No. That was easy. Okay, not quite that short and sweet. Looking at the ...

Friday Link-O-Rama

Research Reveals Guatemala’s Geologic History – Analysis of metamorphic rocks is showing a very complex geological history for Guatemala, particularly the interaction between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. More earthquake faults discovered at the Salton Sea – Shaping our understanding of how the San Andreas fault is moving. Ancient Lava Flow Photographed from ...