Welcome to Silent Hill, PA 2

It’s May 3, 2012. Ten hours to go until the US premiere of AvengersĀ and I’m in central Pennsylvania with a group of friends specifically to see that movie. How to pass the time? Well, the native of Pennsylvania (my dear friend Rynn) mentions that we’re maybe an hour away from Centralia. If you’re not a ...

Spec Tech post up

Okay, a little belated, but I wrote a post for the Clarion blog about sandstone as a building material, since a commenter had asked about it a while ago: Sandstone: It’s a Living. My next post will be due mid-December… I’m trying to decide what to write about. I’m kind of tempted to talk about ...

I’m Going to Wyoming, for SCIENCE! (and this is why you should care)

In a few short hours, I’ll be on my way to the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming, to participate in the coring portion of the Bighorn Basin Coring Project. Things are moving much faster than expected – the rig is already at Polecat Bench, where it wasn’t planned to be until Friday, because coring went so ...

New Spec Tech Article Online!

Actually, it’s been online for a few days, but there was this whole TAM thing (you may have heard of it) and I had no real internet access for four days because the Southpoint Casino is run by vampires1. It’s 1000+ words about tuff, which is a good example of how geology influences culture. And ...

Creationists at GSA

I didn’t actually go to GSA, even though it was in Denver. Mostly because I didn’t want to cough up the registration fee, and had projects I should be working on besides. And of course, no one I know heard about this at the time, probably because I don’t think people tend to get excited ...

Geology photos for you…

It’s been a long, long weekend. I am only slightly sunburned, but my brain has melted. Have some photos: Core photos: Orchard CoreAlmond Core These are the two cores that were the final project for the facies analysis class I took last semester. Lots of pretty sands and muds. Snowmastadons – these are pictures I ...

Magnetic Bacteria Fiesta on the Proto-Potomac

I met with my advisor last week, and she asked me to do some background research for her on a couple of papers she’s working on. So I spent the last week-ish doing a lot of searching across the internets for papers, and then reading of papers. Considering how I feel about reading most papers, ...

Slow Motion Landslide

This is just awesome: The flow looks like it’s really cooking along… until people make an appearance in the video and you see just how much it’s been sped up. The flow is actually moving at around 50 cm per hour, which to us fast-living humans makes it practically solid ground. More info over at ...

Spec Tech Article Online

When I first joined the SFWA, I admitted on their forums that I’m a geology sort of person. This eventually led me to being contacted by the wonderful lady that runs the Clarion Foundation Blog and offered the chance to write the occasional bit about geology. My first piece is now up over there: The ...

Hydrocarbon Formation at Depth

I think this got mentioned on this week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe in the science or fiction. I thought it might be the fiction, but wasn’t all that surprised when it turned out to be science: Hydrocarbons in the deep earth (press release…?)Stability of hydrocarbons at deep Earth pressures and temperatures (PNAS article) And ...