April 14, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: Hermanus Beach Rocks

Malmesbury sediments by the beach, Hermanus, South Africa.

  This past weekend my husband and I and some friends visited the little seaside town of Hermanus, which is located about an hour and a half drive from our home in Cape Town, South Africa. Normally, the weather in April in South Africa is starting to become somewhat cold. However, we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather this past weekend. Thus, we spent plenty of time walking along the seashore and …

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April 13, 2014

Sutherland Sky: Part III

A model of the SALT telescope.

Today I’m continuing with my series of posts about my October 2013 visit to the small town of Sutherland in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Sutherland is home to a South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) research station that contains many telescopes, including the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). You can read Part I of this series here and Part II of this series here. Today I’m going to share some pictures from our visit to the SAAO Visitor …

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April 8, 2014

Game of Thrones Geologic Map

Screenshot of the Game of Thrones map presented on the Generation Anthropocene blog (see link below).

Update: See this AGU Plainspoken Scientist blog post Mapping fantasy: The story behind the Game of Thrones geologic maps. The fourth season of the TV series Game of Thrones recently starting airing. I haven’t watched the first episode of the new season yet, but I plan to once my husband is back from a business trip. A friend of mine just sent me a link to this geologic map for …

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April 7, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): A Few More Pictures from Rondevlei

A view of some of Cape Town's mountains, with Rondevlei in the foreground.

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post I thought I would share a few more pictures from my recent visit to Rondevlei Nature Reserve here in the Western Cape of South Africa. I shared one picture last week. As a quick reminder, Rondevlei is a vlei or marsh that is home to the Western Cape’s only population of hippos. When I visited the vlei a little over a week ago, …

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March 31, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: Mudcracks at Rondevlei

Mudcracks at Rondevlei.

  Yesterday my husband and I visited the Rondevlei Nature Reserve here in the Western Cape of South Africa. Rondevlei is the only place in the Western Cape where hippos live. Hippos lived in the Western Cape historically, but they went extinct in the 1700s. A few hippos were re-introduced to Rondevlei in the 1980s. We didn’t see any hippos during our walk around Rondevlei– apparently hippos are seen in …

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March 24, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): Dendrites in the Tile Shop

Another view of the pretty dendritic minerals, with my hand for scale.

First of all, my apologies for missing the “Monday Geology Picture” post last week. I’ve been extremely busy recently with work and also preparing for a much-needed vacation. Actually, I’m on vacation right now, so I’ve set this to auto-post. Never fear, though… when I return in early April I will finish my “Sutherland Sky” series of blog posts. Also, I will be reviving the “Geology Word of the Week”. …

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March 10, 2014

Sutherland Sky: Part II

Giant telescope along the road in Sutherland. October 2013.

Today I’m continuing with my series of posts about my October 2013 visit to the small town of Sutherland in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Sutherland is home to a South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) research station that contains many telescopes, including the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT). You can read Part I of this series here. Today I am sharing a few more pictures of the town of Sutherland. …

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Monday Geology Picture: Geology Jewelry

A gold mining themed necklace, a present from my good friends Nia and Patrick.

For this week’s Monday Geology Picture, I thought that I would share a picture of a wonderful geology themed necklace that I received as a 30th birthday present from my good friends Nia and Patrick. This wonderful necklace features a pick and shovel. The shovel has a small gold nugget on it. Considering that I just spent a year and a half working for a gold exploration company, I am …

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March 5, 2014

Sutherland Sky: Part I

The SALT telescope at Sutherland, October 2013.

This is the first in what will be a series of posts about my recent visit to Sutherland, a small town in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. In October 2013 my husband Jackie and I visited Sutherland for a long weekend. Sutherland is famous because it is home to the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) research station, which has a number of telescopes that are used for astronomical and astrophysical research. …

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March 3, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: A Giant Roadside Dinosaur

A giant dinosaur along the road in Cabazon, California. Picture courtesy of my friend Aimee.

For this week’s Monday Geology Picture I’m featuring another picture from my friend Aimee, who provided last week’s picture as well. This picture shows one of the Cabazon Dinosaurs, giant dinosaur sculptures standing along Interstate 10 in California near Palm Springs. Originally built starting in the 1960s to attract visitors to a roadside cafe, the dinosaurs are now part of an extensive roadside attraction and a museum that, unfortunately, promotes …

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