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July 19, 2012

The Geology of Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode “Chain of Command, Part I”

Like my fellow geoblogger Jessica Ball, I wish that I could be a geologist on Star Trek. I can think of no better, more exciting job than traveling the universe as a geological researcher for the United Federation of Planets. Sign me up, Starfleet! Maybe one day in my life– or in my children’s or grandchildren’s lives– there will be opportunities for Earth geologists to travel to other planets and …

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February 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jules Verne!

Movie poster for “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Image taken from here. David Bressan over at the History of Geology blog reminded me that today is the birthday of Jules Verne, one of my favorite authors. Happy Birthday, Jules! Even more excitingly, on his blog David posted a trailer for the 1959 Disney movie “Journey to the Center of the Earth” starring Pat Boone. This is my all-time …

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January 27, 2011

Bad Geology Movie of the Month: Four Quick Updates

Those of you who read my inaugural November Bad Geology Movie of the Month post may be wondering why I forgot to write about a bad geology movie in December and why I haven’t yet written about a bad geology movie in January. I apologize. Watching and reviewing bad geology movies takes time, and I am a busy graduate student. I think that my bad geology reviews may have to …

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January 21, 2011

Update: “Ice Age: Continental Drift”

Adorable Scrat, image taken from here. Last week I blogged about the forthcoming movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” I have not forgotten about my campaign to try to have some plate tectonics science added as a DVD extra or website feature. Below is a letter that I just sent to 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios, and Ray Romano, the main voice actor for the movie. This letter could very …

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January 9, 2011

Plate Tectonics by Squirrel– “Ice Age: Continental Drift”

My friend Arthur just made my day by sending me a link to the teaser for the 4th installment of the “Ice Age” movie series. This clip is adorable but also completely ridiculous scientifically. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” Trailer taken from YouTube. This clip makes me smile and laugh, but I do worry– a little– about young children believing in plate tectonics by sabre-toothed squirrel after watching this movie. I …

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December 8, 2010

AGU Movie Event

“The Core” movie poster. Image from wikipedia.com.  “Deep Impact” movie poster. Image from wikipedia.com. For those of you who like bad geology movies and who are attending the American Geophysical Union conference next week in San Francisco, I just wanted to advertise that there is an event called AGU Sciences Meet Hollywood. The director of “The Core” and the screenwriter for “Deep Impact” will be there, among others. Sounds like …

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November 30, 2010

Bad Geology Movie of the Month- Magma: Volcanic Disaster

Above photo (of DVD cover) taken from Amazon.com. I just realized that today is the last day of November and that I have yet to post my Bad Geology Movie of the Month! I can’t let November pass by without a movie, so for this month’s movie I’ve selected one of  my all-time favorite Bad Geology movies- “Magma: Volcanic Disaster.” Before I give my review, let me explain a little …

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