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April 29, 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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April 22, 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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January 14, 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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January 7, 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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January 1, 2019

The Plastic Problem: Reusable Produce Bags

Happy New Year! Do you have any resolutions this year? One resolution of mine is to blog more often — hopefully I can do better in 2019. The last two years have been very busy with work, studying part-time, and a baby/young child. Another resolution of mine is to reduce my use of single-use plastics (or limited use plastics — for example, cheap plastic items that break easily), which are …

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December 21, 2018

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas: 2018 Edition

There’s one shopping weekend left before Christmas. Don’t know what to buy the geologist in your family? Never fear, the annual Georneys “What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas” list is here. You can also browse the previous lists here: 2010 – Part I 2010 – Part II 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I hope to blog more regularly in 2019, so …

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October 22, 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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October 15, 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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October 8, 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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October 1, 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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