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17 March 2015

Landslides in the Movies part 3:- Exodus: God and Kings

A short video has been released for the 2014 movie, Exodus: God and Kings, showing how they made the scene in which Moses gets buried by a mudslide.


13 February 2015

Movies in your geology

No, that’s not a typo – it’s the topic of a discussion I prompted on Twitter a few weeks ago and then immediately forgot to post about. Fortunately, through the wonder of Storify, I can recap it for everyone. The backstory is that I had a request from a reader for movies he could show that featured geologically interesting places, but weren’t necessarily about geology or disasters. He also requested that they be fairly popular (things that had done well at the box office and might be expected to have been seen by a wide audience) and that they be things that intro students would recognize, either because they were recent or widely re-watched.


1 March 2014

“Is the volcano erupting yet?” (A quick Pompeii review)

So, you may have seen me mention on Twitter that I was planning on seeing Pompeii this week – and I did, properly fortified with some nice cider at a nearby pub beforehand. I’m not going to give you the full rundown of the science and history of the eruption, because David Bressan is already working on a series of excellent posts about that. Instead, I’m going to treat this as a quick-and-snarky guide to whether you want the movie to feature at your next “bad geology movie night”.


10 March 2012

Learning moments in geology movies

Between digging into fluid dynamics papers, figuring out stability fields for alteration minerals and generally dealing with being a grad student, I haven’t had a lot of time to post lately. (Plus I had to do my taxes this weekend…) But I did get great comments on the “Survival Geology” post, especially about using movies and TV to teach science, and I thought I’d run with some thoughts on those. …


2 August 2011

Our New View of Vesta

Just a quick post to point you to an amazing video of Vesta rotating, made by Tayfun Öner by interpolating between 64 images taken by Dawn from orbit.


30 October 2010

Geological Frightfest: The Monolith Monsters

Lee Allison at Arizona Geology deserves credit for inspiring the last movie in the Frightfest series – in his post from June about the Piranha 3D movie, he also mentioned The Monolith Monsters. Again, it’s another 1950s movie I haven’t had the chance to see, but I’ll definitely have to remedy that if I can…guess what’s next on the Netflix queue? With a title like that, though, I couldn’t resist …


29 October 2010

Geological Frightfest: El monstruo de los volcanes

Tonight’s post will be a short one, because it’s Friday and I just spent the last hour carving a pumpkin. This Frightfest offering comes via the suggestion of a devoted reader (thanks, Mom!), and I had to post it, even though I can’t find out a lot about the movie. This is the best I could dig up for El Monstruo de los Volcanes: A yeti-like creature with the power …


28 October 2010

Geological Frightfest: Fantasia

All right, so Fantasia probably isn’t the first thing you think of when the topics of horror movies or geology come up (and I’m not talking about the whole movie, so I’m cheating a bit with this one). But I am talking about the excellent Night on Bald Mountain sequence, where the animators set Modest Mussorgsky’s composition of the same name. I loved Fantasia as a child, and still do …


27 October 2010

Geological Frightfest: The Mole People

I thought I’d go with a classic film for today’s edition of Geological Frightfest, because the premise of The Mole People is just so interesting. It’s not actually one I’ve seen, and I know a lot of younger readers probably won’t have ventured into the realm of 1950s horror, so here’s a bit of summary from Wikipedia: “The film begins with a narration by Dr. Frank Baxter, an English professor …


5 May 2009

If I were a geologist on Star Trek…

…I could apply for a joint medical degree, because sometimes rocks need doctoring. …Sometimes a rock hammer wouldn’t be enough to deal with those really stubborn minerals. …I could give up hand lenses, thin sections, petrographic microscopes, microprobes, XRD, and point counting for this… (although a good geologist would never give up their hand lens) …It wouldn’t take me until the end of the episode to figure out that I …


9 January 2009

Geology and the movies again…or “Why Disney’s Pocahontas Briefly Makes Me Want To Scream At The TV”

This is actually an older post I’ve been sitting on, but I wanted to get something posted this week, even if it’s not about current events. I love watching Disney movies, but occasionally the scientist gets in the way of the nostalgic enjoyment. I was reminded of this when “The Virginia Company” came up on my music player’s shuffle list. Pocahontas, which came out in 1995, is set in an …


22 May 2008

Hat? Check. Leather Jacket? Check. Whip? Hm…

Nah, don’t actually have the whip. But I do have the hat and the jacket and a minor in anthropology.It’s about darn time.


15 May 2008

Because Earth science does way more than rock

Here’s a good resource for anyone who’s introducing students to Earth science, trying to keep it in or add it to a curriculum, or anyone who wants to see really cool animations. It’s AGI’s “Why Earth Science” video, which they’ve recently posted on the web. There’s also an accompanying brochure available for downloading in English and Spanish versions.


24 March 2008

Accretionary Wedge #7: Geology/ists in the Movies

Welcome to the 7th edition of the Accretionary Wedge – and happy birthday to John Wesley Powell, one of geology’s first real action heroes! This month’s scrapings dealt with (depending on how you look at it) one of the biggest sources of headaches or entertainment for the denizens of the Geoblogosphere: Geology/ists in the movies.Or, as some of the commentary seems to lean toward, “How Hollywood manages to screw up, …


21 March 2008

An appropriate situation for “ROTFL”

Okay, I don’t usually talk about the whole evolution/creationism thing, but this post on Pharyngula is just about the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. I had to share.


17 March 2008

Just a reminder: Accretionary Wedge #7 is coming up!

The deadline for submitting posts for the next Accretionary Wedge is Sunday, March 23 (just in time to overdose on Easter chocolate and let loose the ranting)! The subject is Geology/ists in the Movies. What do you love, loathe, laugh at and ridicule about Earth science and scientists as Hollywood envisions them? Here’s your chance to drag up the most obscure films you can find, or revive discussions of recent …


25 February 2008

Accretionary Wedge Call for Posts: Geology/ists in the Movies

Installment #6 of The Accretionary Wedge is up at Lounge of the Lab Lemming, and there are more submissions than ever, all of them definitely hmmm-provoking. I didn’t get a post in this time, but I did volunteer to host the next one, so here it is: Geology/ists in the Movies This should be pretty easy – there’s no end of movies out there (many made by the SciFi channel, …