A Call For Posts: Accretionary Wedge #54

A night of drinking can really get geologists thinking. …Thinking about geology. …and thinking about more drinks. Such was the case a few months ago when @Glacial_till, @Seismogenic, and I were enjoying cocktails at a NW Portland bar. Though we are, none of us, mixologists, we became enamored of the idea of creating our own…

On Mount Hood: Book Review

“If you ask a little kid to draw a mountain… he’ll draw Mount Hood.” With that simple insight, Jon Bell begins his tale of this iconic peak that we Oregonians call our own. On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak is a book much like the mountain itself: accessible, vibrant, and filled with…

The Magic Planet

With fall classes quickly coming to an end, I’ll be able to spend some more time developing data sets and educational programs for the Magic Planet at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. For the last few months, the Science on a Sphere exhibit has been hidden away to make room for the Body…

Accretionary Wedge #40: Geo-lanterns

This fall I challenged the internet to carve geologically-themed pumpkins for the holidays. The results have run the gamut from paleontological to volcaniclastic. So before we head into the snowier holidays, here’s a gallery of everyone’s creative efforts: Pumpkinosaurs Brian Switek features some very elaborate and beautiful dinosaurs carved into America’s favorite gourd. Volcanic Pumpkin…

Coastal Geohazards Assessor Barbie

Happy Halloween, everyone! I’d like you all to meet my friend Barbie. Barbie works as a coastal geohazards investigator in the Pacific Northwest. Her job entails spending a lot of time outdoors along the majestic rocky coastlines of Oregon & Washington examining the risks for landslides, tsunamis, and flooding. While she adores her time spent…

Sunday Science Photos, September 25–October 22

Sunday morning always seems like the right time for this sort of blog post. Visual, non-specific, and easy to digest. No heavy science material for Sunday mornings, thank-you-very-much. Best served with a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll. Enjoy! Mount Baker This Cascade volcano towers over the northwest Washington landscape at 10,781 feet. This…