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…

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…

A Halloween Challenge: Geo-Pumpkins

It’s fall, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than to take a knife to a big, orange squash. Since we’re all lovers of rocks, geology, and all things earth science here, I issue a challenge! Pick a pumpkin-appropriate, geology themed image, get out your carving knife and hack away. When you’re done,…

Bonus Video of the Day

This video has already made the internet rounds, so odds are good you’ve already seen it. In the case that you haven’t, you should spend the next few minutes enjoying Bon Iver’s video for their song Holocene. The imagery is incredible and the mood and music extremely resonant with the landscape itself. Lots of beautiful…

The Hidden Life of Bridges

I often find myself contemplating the effects of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake while on my weekly stroll across Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge. Mostly, I think about how badly it would suck if the quake began while I was in the middle of the span. Consider the stresses that the bridge would have to endure during…

Geek Art – Lidar Nice Enough to Frame

…at least I think it’s beautiful. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries regularly releases Lidar posters that have been masterfully colorized and integrated with photo satellite data. Here’s an example of three such posters, all of which I have framed and hanging somewhere in my home: From left to right, the images are…

Sunday Science Photos, September 11 – 24

This feature will become far more sporadic over the fall and winter, as I’ll be focusing more on school and work and less on photography, but you’ll still get occasional installments of photos through my Twitter feed and on this website. Some of these images I did as mystery photos and asked my tweeps to…