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…

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…

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,…

Hawaiian Fissure Eruptions: Then & Now

A little late-night YouTubeing resulted in these two incredible video finds. Both are from the big island of Hawaii, the first was shot in 1933 during an eruptive event at the Mokuaweoweo Crater at the summit of Mauna Loa. The fissure inside the crater was about 2,000 feet long, with lave fountains streaming hundreds of…

Where the Mundane is Anything But

One thing I appreciate tremendously about my education in the Earth sciences is that it has encouraged me to examine more closely objects that most people would consider mundane. Take, for instance, this building. It’s a shabby stone cabin in the middle of a Western Oregon forest. It has some interesting history… It was built…