February 9, 2017

February Science Book: The Planets

February Science Book: The Planets

I’m a little late announcing the February Science Book, but better late than never! This month I’ll be reading The Planets by Dava Sobel. I’ve heard that Sobel is a great writer, so I’m looking forward to reading this book! Now I just need to start and finish it before the end of this short month… Here is the description of the book from Amazon: With her bestsellers Longitude and …

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January Science Book Review: A Fish Caught in Time

January Science Book Review: A Fish Caught in Time

I’m over a week late with posting my January Science Book Review — apologies! I actually managed to finish reading the book in January, but I was too busy with my day job to find the time to write the review. Better late than never! The Monthly Science Book that I selected to read in January was A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg. Overall, I …

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January 16, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Intaka Island Salt Pan

Monday Geology Picture: Intaka Island Salt Pan

For this week’s picture, here’s a view of a salt pan on Intaka Island, a small nature reserve in the Century City area of Cape Town. I often go to Intaka Island to paddle in a kayak on the canals surrounding the island. On Saturday morning I went for one of my usual paddles, and then in the afternoon I joined some friends for a nature walk on the island itself. …

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January 9, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: A Sand-Filled Room in Kolmanskop, Namibia

Monday Geology Picture: A Sand-Filled Room in Kolmanskop, Namibia

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a picture of a spectacular sand-filled room in a house in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. I visited this diamond mining ghost town back in 2014, and you can find more pictures from that visit here. If you ever visit Namibia I highly recommend a visit to Kolmanskop!

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January 2, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Desert Migmatite

Monday Geology Picture: Desert Migmatite

I was a little sporadic with my “Monday Geology Picture” posts in 2016. I’ll try to be more consistent in 2017! To start off, here is a shot of a lovely little hill of migmatite in the town of Lüderitz, which is located at the edge of the Namib desert in the beautiful country of Namibia. I took this picture when I was up in Namibia back in 2014. Happy New Year… and …

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January 1, 2017

January Science Book: A Fish Caught in Time

January Science Book: A Fish Caught in Time

The Monthly Science Book that I’ve selected for January is A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg. This book has been on my reading list for awhile, ever since I visited a little museum in Knysna, South Africa, dedicated to the Coelacanth and its discoverer. Here’s the description of the book from Amazon: The coelacanth (see-lo-canth) is no ordinary fish. Five feet long, with …

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December 31, 2016

Monthly Science Book Review: The Comet Sweeper

Monthly Science Book Review: The Comet Sweeper

As I announced a few weeks ago I’ve decided to start a new regular feature here on Georneys: a monthly science book review. At the beginning of every month, I’ll announce what science book I’ll be reading. At the end of the month, I’ll write a book review, which may be short or long, depending upon how much time I have and how much I have to say about the book. …

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December 15, 2016

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2016 Edition

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2016 Edition

There are ten shopping days left before Christmas. Do you have a geologist in your family but are not sure what to buy him or her? Never fear, the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list is here! Below are ten great gift ideas for geologists. If you don’t see something that strikes your fancy on this list, check out the previous years lists: 2010 – Part …

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November 21, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: The Big Hole, Kimberley, South Africa

Monday Geology Picture: The Big Hole, Kimberley, South Africa

This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” is a shot of the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa. This hole, now filled partly with water, is the remains of an early diamond mine in a kimberlite (a rock type named after the town of Kimberley) pipe. The pipe was mined from 1871 to 1914 and today can be safely visited and observed (from a walkway) as part of a visit to The Big …

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Introducing a New Feature: Monthly Science Book Review

Introducing a New Feature: Monthly Science Book Review

I’ve been negligent with my blogging again. I was in hospital in October and out of action for a few weeks. I’m doing much better now but had to catch-up on a few things, mostly at work! So, my blogging suffered once again. To kick-start the blog again and go in a slightly different direction, I’d like to announce a new feature: a monthly science book review. I’ve been meaning …

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