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July 12, 2011

Left Behind in the Field: Accretionary Wedge #36

For this month’s Accretionary Wedge, Geosciblog asks: What do you regret leaving behind at a geological locality? In other words, what samples, specimens, or even photographs do you regret “not getting enough of”? For those of you who are not familiar, the Accretionary Wedge is a monthly “geology blog carnival” where geobloggers of all kinds are invited to blog on a theme. The deadline for this month’s Accretionary Wedge is July 16th. …

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July 1, 2011

Accretionary Wedge #35: Favorite Geology Words

As many of you know, I hosted the Accretionary Wedge Geoblog Carnival for June, and I asked What’s Your Favorite Geology Word? Turns out, many of you have favorite geology words! Geologists– like many scientists, I suppose– are fond of their jargon. Personally, I’m so fond of jargon that I blog about a geology word every week. I love many geology words, but if I had to pick an absolute …

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June 5, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: A is for Accretionary Wedge

Illustration of a convergent plate boundary. I’ve added a red arrow pointing out thelocation of the accretionary wedge. Illustration from TASA graphics and taken from here.Click to view larger. def. Accretionary Wedge (aka Accretionary Prism, Subduction Complex):A wedge- or prism-shaped mass of sediments and rock fragments which has accumulated where a downgoing oceanic plate meets an overriding plate (either oceanic or continental) at a subduction zone. The sediment is generally …

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June 4, 2011

Accretionary Wedge #35: What’s Your Favorite Geology Word?

I’m hosting this month’s Accretionary Wedge Geoblog Carnival here at Georneys. Since I write about a geology word every week (see the “Geology Word of the Week” tag on the sidebar or the post “A Geologist’s Alphabet”), I thought it would be fitting to host an etymological Accretionary Wedge. This month’s Accretionary Wedge is easy– if you want you can post just a single word! The theme for this month …

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