A girl and her pet rock (4) 1

So I just realized that I owe a post for today. I spent my entire day working on my geology term paper, so I have nothing all that clever or interesting to say. So I guess instead of falling down on the job completely, I shall share the rough draft of my paper. Yay? Unfortunately ...

Finally, pictures!

I finally got off my butt and uploaded the photos from my two field trips. I was intending to get a flickr account, but didn’t feel like resurrecting my old Yahoo e-mail address. So let’s try Picasa and see how it works! Field trip 1Field trip 2 These are all the photos I took of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Astronomy Picture of the Day with Devil’s Tower!

Astronomy picture of the day for July 29. Very, very beautiful. I love Devil’s Tower as a geological formation. I’ve only been there once, when I was just a kid, but I desperately want to go back some day soon. Beautiful picture! For a full look at the geological history of the Devil’s Tower area, ...

Backyard Geology: Garnet/Magnetite sands from the Great Lakes

One of my coworkers (a geologist that I do a lot of work for), who shall for the purposes of this blog be called “Tim,” recently went home to Michigan to visit his family. He brought back a very cool little sand sample that he’d scooped up off the beach at Lake Huron. On the ...