Sunday Science Photos, September 4 – 10

Do you have an iPhone? Have you installed the free Instagram app? Then you can follow UncoveredEarth and see these photos at they are posted throughout the week. Or you could follow me on twitter and view them from your home computer or non-Apple smartphone.

Next week I will be posting only Earth and life science abstract photos. I invite you to try to guess what they are as they are posted on Instagram. Correct guesses will be praised on this blog at the end of the week.

Griffith Observatory

Since 1935, this observatory in the city of Los Angeles has been educating the public. It’s the only museum I’ve ever visited that includes a working solarium where visitors can watch the magnificent events on the sun including sun spots and coronal mass ejections. For those interested in science, this is a must-see if you ever find yourself in LA.

Mount Adams

By height, Mount Adams is the third highest Cascade volcano, but by volume it is second only to Mount Shasta in California. Like the other high peaks of the Cascade range, it is a stratovolcano consisting of several overlapping cones. Surprisingly there are non-technical routes (meaning you don’t need ropes, etc.) that one can use to summit this beauty.

Orthosiphon aristatus

Cat’s Whiskers, found mostly in southeast Asia and on many Pacific islands, is a beautiful ornamental flower. It, apparently, has anti-inflammatory properties that have been used in folk medicine.

Parasitic Cinder Cones

Lines of cinder cones are a common site along the flanks of shield volcanoes. The ones shown above stretch to the southeast of the summit of Mauna Kea. This view is from about 9,500 feet.

Angular Unconformity

Tectonic forces have turned the strata at Redrock Falls in Glacier  National Park vertically. The water has pooled behind some of the most erosionally resistant layers creating beautiful swimming holes along this tiered waterfall.

Heliobatis radians

This fellow was extracted from the Fossil Lake deposits of the Green River formation in Wyoming. The species, now extinct, lived during the early Eocene about 55 million years ago.

Ovis canadensis

This big horn sheep got a little too close to me along the garden wall trail in Glacier National Park. He looked majestic from afar, but once he was within touching distance it became very apparent that he could kick my ass.


When you see green, think copper! Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral. The sample above has formed a botryoidal crystal habit, similar to some samples of hematite.


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