December 15, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: A Glacial Erratic in the New Hampshire Woods

Monday Geology Picture: A Glacial Erratic in the New Hampshire Woods

I spent the last two weeks of November visiting my family in New Hampshire. While I was in the US, I went on some long jogs and walks and took pictures of some glacial erratics, which can be found all around the Mervine Family Cabin in southern New Hampshire. This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” features a glacial erratic in the woods just down the road from the cabin. This large, …

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December 10, 2014

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2014 Edition

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2014 Edition

Well, it’s that time of year again… it’s time for the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” (or Chanukah or Newtonmas, etc.) list! Do you have a geologist (or several) in your family? Then check out the list below for some holiday gift ideas. Also be sure to also check out the 2010 (Part I and Part II), 2011, 2012, and 2013 lists. I apologize that some of the pictures and links …

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December 8, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: Sand Sign at Kolmanskop

Monday Geology Picture: Sand Sign at Kolmanskop

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” I’m sharing another picture from Kolmanskop, an abandoned diamond mining town in Namibia. Many of the buildings at Kolmanskop have been partially filled with sand. You can see more of my pictures from Kolmanskop here. When you drive along the paved road near Kolmanskop, you pass a roadside warning sign that says “Sand”. I suppose that the sign is warning drivers about sand covering the …

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November 19, 2014

Kolmanskop in Pictures

Kolmanskop in Pictures

Last month I spent some time in Namibia for work. During one of my days off, I was able to spend some time visiting Kolmanskop. Located in the Namib Desert a few miles outside of the seaside town of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop is a “Ghost Town” that is the remains of a former diamond mining town. Kolmanskop was founded shortly after diamonds were discovered in the region in 1908 and was abandoned …

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November 18, 2014

Sutherland Sky: Part VII – Scenes from the Cape Fold Belt

Sutherland Sky: Part VII - Scenes from the Cape Fold Belt

At long last, I’m finishing up 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, Part II of this series here, Part III of this series here, Part IV of this series here, Part V of this series here, …

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November 3, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: A Few Fossils

Monday Geology Picture: A Few Fossils

My work schedule is still keeping me quite busy, but some more in depth blogging will be coming soon… I’ve put in a couple of weeks of leave for later in November and December. In the meantime, here’s another “Monday Geology Picture” to tide my readers over. I snapped this picture of a few fossils at a booth at the Gilsum Rock Swap in New Hampshire in June 2014.

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October 27, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: Peridot at the Smithsonian

Monday Geology Picture: Peridot at the Smithsonian

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” I thought that I would share another image from my recent (June 2014) trip to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Peridot is my favorite gemstone, and I saw some truly stunning peridot gemstones on display at the Smithsonian. Aren’t they lovely? Here’s a closer view of some of the pretty peridot gems: I’m still in the field, but when I’m back home in a few …

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October 20, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): Geological Sampling on the Moon

Monday Geology Picture(s): Geological Sampling on the Moon

If you think that regular geological field work and sampling can be challenging, try doing those tasks in a spacesuit. During my recent (June 2014) trip to Washington, DC, I visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Among many wonderful things, I saw a display that included some sampling tools that astronauts in spacesuits used to help them collect samples from the lunar surface during the Apollo missions. You can read …

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October 13, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: A Mineral Rainbow at the Smithsonian

Monday Geology Picture: A Mineral Rainbow at the Smithsonian

Minerals come in a rainbow of colors. Sometimes, mineral color is a result of the mineral’s composition. For example, azurite is always blue. Other times, mineral color is a result of small quantities of trace elements or structural defects in the mineral. For example, quartz, one of the most common minerals, is most often clear or white but can be other colors such as rose pink, yellow, purple, and even …

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October 6, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: Cape Town from the Sea

Monday Geology Picture: Cape Town from the Sea

On Saturday, I unexpectedly had to hop on a ship for a month for a work trip. So, blogging may be a little bit light over the next month. I’ll try to post when I can, but I’ll be limited by the slow shipboard internet. As the ship was leaving Cape Town on Saturday afternoon, I enjoyed some stunning views of Cape Town from the sea. The picture above shows …

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