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31 December 2012

Monday macrobug: Katydid

Monday macrobug: Katydid

Happy New Year’s Eve! Here’s a katydid seen on my porch back before it got really cold: Can you tell if it’s a male or a female? (Hint: look for the ovipositor!) This one’s out of focus, but I like it anyhow because of the character lurking in the background: Happy New Year!

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28 December 2012

Friday fold: Bighorn monocline

Friday fold: Bighorn monocline

Happy Friday! The last one of 2012, in fact! To celebrate, check out this monocline on the western flank of the Bighorn Range in the Rockies of Wyoming: Click to enlarge Annotated. Check out those fine hogbacks! Previously, we also saw this same structure in this GigaPan: link

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27 December 2012

5-year blogiversary

Half a decade ago today, I wrote my first blog post. A lot’s happened since then. Blogging is fun, and it’s brought me a lot of great opportunities and new friendships. Any thoughts on the material I’ve produced since that initial foray? Want more of something or less of something? Thanks for reading…

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26 December 2012

More GigaPans from the M.A.G.I.C. project

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25 December 2012

Stromatolites of the Green River Formation

Stromatolites of the Green River Formation

The summer before last (2011), I spent some time in Wyoming on an energy resources field trip run by Sheridan College, and one stop we made was to look at “oil shale” (really kerogen-rich marlstone) of the Green River Formation, an Eocene lake deposit in southwestern Wyoming. The oil shale is exposed on the east side of the White Mountain escarpment in the Green River Basin. Here’s the view to …

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24 December 2012

Monday macrobug: Fishing spider

Monday macrobug: Fishing spider

Found this fellow in my woodpile: Note the finger tip at lower left for scale. Here’s a close-up. I think it’s a fishing spider:

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23 December 2012

Frost this morning

Frost this morning

It’s a cold morning in the Fort Valley.

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21 December 2012

Friday fold: the Ross Sandstone

Friday fold: the Ross Sandstone

The Friday fold is an exposure of the Ross Sandstone in Ireland, bent into a syncline that dives below water.

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19 December 2012

The Planets, by Dava Sobel

The Planets, by Dava Sobel

I got The Planets from the Fort Valley library a few weeks ago, because Dava Sobel wrote it. She wrote the excellent Longitude, and that was enough for me. Also, I’ve been really into astronomy lately. Watching the meteor shower earlier this week was stunning, and I loved training my binoculars on nebulae and stars numerous beyond imagining, littering the dark sky. Plus, the book’s cover was beautiful, and enticing. …

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18 December 2012

Diaper diapir

Diaper diapir

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