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29 July 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Rite in the Rain Geological Field Book

I’m currently conducting some geological fieldwork, and of course I’ve brought some Rite in the Rain geological field books with me.  The Rite in the Rain field books are fantastic – you can write on their weatherproof paper in pretty much all weather conditions. I’ve used them in both rainy and snowy conditions. There are a number of different styles of field books available. Personally, I prefer No. 540F or …

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22 July 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Dinosaur Stampede Trackways

This week I’m sharing a few pictures of an incredible display at the Queensland Museum of a dinosaur stampede – the only known record of a dinosaur stampede. The display shows an area in Queensland, Australia, where there are thousands of dinosaur footprints (more than 3,000) of more than 130 different dinosaurs, all in an area about the size of a tennis court! Recently, there has been some debate about …

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15 July 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Lunar Sampling Bag

This week, I’m sharing a picture of a lunar sampling bag. Bags such as this one were used to collect rocks during the Apollo missions to the moon. This particular bag even went to the moon’s surface in 1971 during the Apollo 15 mission. How neat is that! Here’s a sign with some additional information on the bag: I took this picture on Sunday when my husband and I visited …

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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 …

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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 …

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22 April 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Glass House Mountains, Australia

I have been terribly neglecting my blog this year. However, I have a good excuse: over the past few months I have accepted a new job working as a geologist for Anglo American… and  I have moved my family to beautiful Brisbane, Australia. On top of that, I am mother to a young son (18 months old now) and I’m also studying part-time… so, I have my hands very full! …

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14 January 2019

Monday Geology Picture: A Geologist’s Bookshelf

As a geologist, I have quite a few reference books, including some textbooks that I consult fairly regularly. Today I’m sharing a picture showing a portion of my reference bookshelf in my office. You can see here that I have quite a few geochemistry books — actually, these are just some of the ones I have. What does your geologic reference bookshelf look like? Feel free to share a picture.

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7 January 2019

Monday Geology Picture: Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane, Australia

Happy New Year! I’m going to try to keep up with my “Monday Geology Picture” posts in 2019. I did okay with these in 2018, although I missed some weeks here and there when I was very busy with work or family life. To start off a new year of pictures, here is a picture that I took during a recent visit to Brisbane, Australia. This picture shows a place …

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22 October 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Decorating with Rocks

This week I’m sharing another picture that I took during a recent visit to Botswana. I saw this garden decoration at a hotel. What a great way to decorate with rocks! I might have to put up something similar in my garden one day.  What rock decorations do you have in your garden?

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15 October 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Botswana Landscape

This week I’m sharing another picture from my recent travels in Botswana. Here’s a lovely landscape view, taken along the road between Gaborone and Jwaneng. There are some beautiful red-colored sedimentary rocks in background. These rocks have weathered to produce the reddish colored soil in the foreground.

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8 October 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Tropic of Capricorn

I recently traveled to Botswana, and I was delighted to find a statue marking the Tropic of Capricorn as a roadside attraction. This statue is brand new and was unveiled earlier this year. Check out this article for some more information. Here are a couple pictures of the informational signs associated with the statue:   If you ever find yourself in Botswana, please visit the statue! I enjoyed the stop …

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1 October 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Tantalite Specimen

For this week’s picture, here’s an image of a tantalite mineral specimen. I snapped this picture when I visiting a university last week — the mineral stood out for me amidst a collection of numerous rocks and minerals that were on display for geology students. I’d seen tantalite before — I’ve observed it under the microscope in heavy mineral concentrates. However, I’d never seen such a big example of it …

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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 …

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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 …

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10 September 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Geology Building at the University of Queensland

Earlier this year I visited The University of Queensland in Australia. For this week’s picture, I’m sharing an image of the lovely geology building at the university. The building is made out of gorgeous sandstone blocks… and there’s a dinosaur mural! And, lower down, check out the stones with the fossil carvings! What a great building. I think this is one of the most lovely and delightful geology buildings that …

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3 September 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Heavy Mineral Lag

Life has been busy, so once again I’ve been negligent with blogging. Let’s see if I can do better for the rest of the year. To start, here’s a beautiful picture of a heavy mineral lag on a beach in New Hampshire. The red garnets show up particularly well. The heavier minerals, including garnets, have concentrated behind a log on a lakeside beach. Wave action has winnowed the lighter minerals …

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18 June 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Greenland View

I recently flew from London to Vancouver, and the views as we flew over the northern part of the globe were spectacular. I particularly enjoyed flying over Greenland, a country largely covered by ice and snow. I spent a good hour or so looking at the white landscapes, which only provided glimpses of the rocky landscape underneath – generally dark rocks peeking through the white and sometimes, it seemed, directing …

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11 June 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Roots and Rock

It’s been over a month since I posted a “Monday Geology Picture”. Apologies for that — I was traveling (4 weeks in a row!) and was very busy. Anyway, I’ll try to post regularly again now. Today I’m sharing an impressive example of biological weathering, which is when a living organism contributes to the weathering of a rock. In this case, large tree roots are breaking apart a sedimentary rock. …

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30 April 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Another View of Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This week I’m sharing another view of Fish River Canyon in Namibia. This week’s picture shows the canyon as viewed from the start of the hiking trail. In the foreground you can see the very start of the hike: a steep path downwards with some safety chains. Also check out last week’s picture, which was taken at the bottom of the canyon.

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23 April 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This week I’m sharing a picture from Fish River Canyon in Namibia. This remote and beautiful canyon has some stunning geology – I’ll blog more about it when I have a chance. Back in 2016 I hiked the canyon over 5 days with a group of good friends. I highly recommend the trip, although you should make sure that you’re really fit since I found the backpacking to be quite …

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