February 8, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Monday Geology Picture: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

For today’s “Monday Geology Picture” post I thought I’d share one shot of the Great Barrier Reef that my husband took during our vacation to Australia last year. Stay tuned for some more pictures from that trip! One of the items on my blogging to-do list is sharing some more pictures and information from our Australian adventure.

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February 3, 2016

Book Review: Diamonds, Gold, and War

Book Review: Diamonds, Gold, and War

Earlier this week I shared a picture of a few books on diamonds that are on my current reading list. I’ve also mentioned in a couple of previous posts that I’d like to share with you a little information about some of the geology-themed books that I’ve read recently. Today I’ll be blogging about the first book, which is titled Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the …

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February 1, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Diamond Reading List

Monday Geology Picture: Diamond Reading List

Since I started working for De Beers a little over two years ago, I’ve slowly but surely been learning all about diamonds and diamond geology. I’ve also been learning about the history of diamond mining in southern Africa and elsewhere in the world. In some other posts, I’ll have to share a little about the books on diamonds that I’ve already read. However, for this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” I …

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January 25, 2016

International Geological Congress 2016: Last Chance for Abstract Submission!

International Geological Congress 2016: Last Chance for Abstract Submission!

If you want to present at the 35th International Geological Congress, which is being held in Cape Town later this year, it’s not too late to submit an abstract! The deadline is January 31st. I plan to submit my own abstract tomorrow. Come and join me at the congress! There are going to be some great talks and field trips… and you can come visit the gorgeous city of Cape Town, …

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Monday Geology Picture: Salt Lamp

Monday Geology Picture: Salt Lamp

Although I haven’t yet featured such a gift on my annual What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas list, some of my wonderful relatives recently bought me a rock lamp for Christmas. Specifically, they bought me a pink colored Himalayan salt lamp. The lamp consists of a large crystal of salt, or sodium chloride, that is mounted on a pretty wooden stand. The lamp provides a lovely, soft, pale pink light. …

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January 18, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: West Coast Fire

Monday Geology Picture: West Coast Fire

Here in South Africa it’s fire season again. So far, this summer has been very hot and dry with many parts of the country suffering from drought. Over the past few weeks, there have been several forest fires around the Western Cape province. About a week ago we drove past a moderate size fire when we were driving back from Langebaan Lagoon. Fortunately, it seems that firefighters contained this particular …

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January 11, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Granitoid Beach Rocks, Langebaan, South Africa

Monday Geology Picture: Granitoid Beach Rocks, Langebaan, South Africa

For this week’s Monday Geology Picture, here are some lovely granitoid beach rocks along the Atlantic Ocean at Langebaan, South Africa. I visited Langebaan again this past weekend with some family. Stay tuned for some pictures from the fossil park near Langebaan!

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January 5, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Ammonite Fossil Close-up

Monday Geology Picture: Ammonite Fossil Close-up

For this week’s Monday Geology Picture, here’s a close-up of an ammonite fossil. This particular ammonite fossil was a wedding gift and decorates our living room… along with quite a few other rocks! Apologies for the lack of scale – I didn’t want to spoil the pretty picture. I’ll have to share some more pictures of our rock collection shelf, which includes this fossil, in another post.

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December 28, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Aulacephalodon Selfie

Monday Geology Picture: Aulacephalodon Selfie

This week’s Monday Geology Picture is an aulacephalodon selfie that I took with the aulacephalodon model that is on display in the Geology Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Try saying that three times fast: aulacephalodon selfie, aulocephalodon selfie, aulacephalodon selfie! Can you say it without stumbling? I certainly can’t! So, what is an aulacephalodon? Here’s a description from the information sign next to the sculpture: Aulacephalodon was a relatively …

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December 21, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Night Sky

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Night Sky

My husband and I spent some time doing field work in the Sperrgebiet region of Namibia earlier this year. We camped out in the desert for a few days. We spent our days looking at some fantastic geology, and we spent our nights looking at some fantastic views of the night sky. We were quite far from any towns, so we had very little light pollution and could see many …

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