March 9, 2011
Win a Geology Book Contest: Best Geology Pun
Posted by Evelyn Mervine
A few weeks ago a publishing company contacted me (and many other geobloggers, I think) about reviewing a book by Gillian Turner called “North Pole South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of Earth’s Magnetism.”
I was somewhat skeptical at first that a publisher would actually send me a free book (could this be some sort of scam?), but I decided to write back anyway. I do love books, especially when they are about geology. I requested two copies of the book- one for me and one to give away to my blog readers. To my delight, the two books arrived in my mailbox yesterday.
I am currently very busy in lab trying to finish up the last of my thesis data collection, so I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be able to read the book and write my review. I imagine I won’t have time to read the book until I’m on the mass spectrometer next week. However, a quick browse through the book and some online reviews makes me think this book might actually be pretty good.
Would you like to win a copy of Gillian Turner’s book? Good news- you can! Just post your favorite geology pun below. Whoever posts the geology pun that makes me laugh the most will win this book. You have one week- I will select a winner on Wednesday, March 16th. As long as you don’t live in Anarctica, I’ll ship you the book shortly after that.
Hmmm… a pun on demand? Let me think on that. In the meantime, here's one from two years ago:http://outsidetheinterzone.blogspot.com/2009/03/non-geology-people-will-not-get-this.html
Geologist couples are always gneiss people, but almost never have children because they have plutonic relationships.Geologists know that subduction leads to orogeny and thrusting, making the bedrock.
This is a bit of a stretch, but:You know how pinstripe laminated sandstones are popular for building stones? And they put them in big wire cages for shipping? That's an example of "Stoss Cratification of Cross-Stratification"
Here is two of my friends favorites:Let's go behind that rock, I am a little boulder there.Subduction leads to Orogeny
Pardon the intrusion; I'm a dyke.All my faults are normal.
Every time I try to be gneiss I get the schist beat out of me…
Not quite a pun, but the way to remember which way the _cline bends: A syn makes you grin! (You don't want to know my physics one)
Geology – The only profession where it is acceptable to measure a dyke's cleavage.
So I said to the geologist "Wow, taking core samples. That sounds pretty interesting" and he says "actually, it's really just boring"
I wouldn't know a geologic pun if it stepped up and kicked me in the scree. That said, I wonder what kind of respect is afforded McPhee's "Annals of the Former World"? I've read it. I must admit I don't understand some of it, but he gave me my new favorite word – "Schist".
A stone mason with a powerful phobia of indoor lighting was accused of misrepresenting the "black granite" he used in a counter top. He was charged with basalt, but when his condition came to light, the charges were dismissed due to lamprophyre.
Many years ago a geology student friend and I planned to write a geological murder mystery titled "Murder by default." We still have the notes, so who knows, some day….
Cave formations are like ants in the pants: the mites to up and the tights come down.