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 ...

Climate Change and Plate Tectonics

My awesome mom found the following article on Alternet and sent it to me, with the question “Plausible or wingnutty?” : Scientists Find Link Between Global Warming and Earthquakes At this point, I know better than to accept at face value what an article claims that a scientific paper says, so I set out to ...

The Bighorn Basin Coring Project

From mid-July to the beginning of August, I’m going to be outdoors, in Wyoming. No, I’m not crazy. Yes, I have a good reason for doing this. Because in the summer, that’s when we’ll be coring through the Willwood Formation in the Bighorn Basin. And this is a big deal. The Willwood Formation is about ...

The Sendai Earthquake 1

I haven’t had anything to say about the Sendai earthquake; it has quite literally left me speechless with horror, and pain, and agonizing worry. I know and care about people who live there. I’ve been to Japan twice, myself, and hope to travel there many more times in the future. There is something more personally ...

What I’ve been doing lately…

It’s been a busy week… couple of weeks… month… well, from about January on. But I’ve been doing things with my time, at least. For example, today I went to Denver, CO’s Rally for the American Dream. With 3000 of my fellow Coloradoans – including my husband and my parents – I was in good ...

Emerging From Under My Rock

So, where have I been since Thanksgiving? The easy yet melodramatic answer is: in a black pit of horrible despair. Really, I just mean that I was working on an intensely awful end of semester group project, which I was having to spend over twenty hours a week on. With the other end of semester ...