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8 July 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Wall

Wow, the past couple of months have been busy! I spent most of May and June travelling for work. Life has calmed down now, so it’s time to resume my blogging… and try to stick with it a little better for the rest of the year! To kick off some blogging, here’s a picture of a beautiful decorative travertine stone on the front of a building. I took this picture …


29 April 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Pillow Basalt Decor

This week I’m sharing a picture of a lovely pillow basalt decorative slab that is part of the decor in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia.¬† In this slab, you can see pillow shapes outlined by lovely glass rinds, which formed when the basaltic lava rapidly cooled because it was erupted underwater. I just love this decorative slab — who wouldn’t want …


24 September 2018

Monday Geology Picture: More Airport Geology

I’m traveling again this week (4 weeks of travel in a row!), so today I’m sharing another picture of some “airport geology”. Specifically, this is a picture of some gorgeous decorative stones adorning a column at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. I took this picture yesterday when I was passing through the airport.¬† I particularly like the way the block of rock was split and the set …


17 September 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Airport Geology

I travel a lot for my job, and I often find myself traveling through O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. The terminal buildings contain some lovely decorative stones, which I often admire as I’m navigating my way through the airport. For example, while I was waiting for my luggage today I admired, as I have before, some of the lovely decorative stones that make up part of the …


9 May 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Green Countertop

I’m traveling for business at the moment and living out of hotel rooms for a week or so. My current hotel room has a pretty green rock for the bathroom countertop. It’s most likely a green soapstone of some sort. Can anyone identify those interesting black minerals?


7 March 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Rocks on a Shelf

Like many geologists, I like to decorate with rocks. This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” features some rocks on a shelf in my living room. There’s many more rocks on this shelf — this picture just shows a few of them. What do you spot in this picture? Among other things, I see an orthoceras fossil, some volcanic pumice, a botryoidal carbonate rock, a rock with a vein of gabbro,¬†sandstone concretions, …


3 September 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Decorative Stones in the O.R. Tambo International Airport

Today I am going to share some pictures of decorative stones adorning the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. I’ve flown through O.R. Tambo a dozen times or more, and I always appreciate the beautiful decorative stones that are found throughout the airport. I took the pictures in this post from the area around the security check-in for the international terminal. I apologize that the quality of these …