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July 29, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Giant Fossil Clams on Chumbe Island, Zanzibar

Back in June my husband and I went on a week-long vacation to Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Tanzania. When I told my American friends that I was going on vacation to Zanzibar, they mostly responded, “Wow! That sounds so exotic! Where is that, exactly?” However, when I told my South African friends that I was going on vacation in Zanzibar, many of …


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April 22, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Petrified Trees

My friend Ray recently visited Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and was kind enough to send me some of his gorgeous pictures of the landscape, including the petrified trees. Ray says that these pictures were all taken along the Blue Mesa Loop. These fossilized trees are about 225 million years old! They are weathering out of the Chinle Formation, a beautiful Triassic sedimentary unit. I’ve never visited this park, …


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December 2, 2012

Geology Word of the Week: E is for Eurypterid

def. Eurypterid: 1. A group of extinct arthropods that were fearsome marine predators of the Paleozoic. There were over 200 different species of eurypterid, and they ranged from very small (less than 20 cm) to very large (greater than 8 feet). Because of their long tail, eurypterids are sometimes called “sea scorpions.” Indeed, they are closely related to today’s scorpions and other arachnids. One species of eurypterid, Eurypterus remipes, is the …


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November 19, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Journey to the Center of the Earth, the Board Game!

Over the past few years, my husband and I have become interested in board games. This is because some of our nerdy friends regularly get together to play board games such as Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Agricola, and Puerto Rico. For awhile, we resisted buying our own games. We just owned a few basic games such as chess, checkers, and backgammon, and we relied on our friends’ collections of …


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October 13, 2012

Geology Word of the Week: X is for Xiphactinus

def. Xiphactinus: 1. A large (15-20 ft long), predatory fish that lived during the Late Cretaceous. 2. A prehistoric sea monster. Seriously. What an enormous and scary looking fish. 3. A really, really cool fossil. Maybe one day I can display one in the library of my evil geologist lair. One of the most famous fossils of Xiphactinus is the “fish within a fish” fossil located at the Sternberg Museum of Natural …


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May 8, 2012

Georneys with Dana- Part II: The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop

  Note: I convinced my Geokittehs co-author Dana Hunter to fly from Seattle to New Hampshire to visit me for a few days. I handed in the final version of my PhD thesis last Friday afternoon, and Dana arrived last Saturday to help me celebrate. This is Part II of my description of the fun georneys we had together during Dana’s visit. After our visit to the dinosaur footprints, Dana and I headed …


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May 7, 2012

Georneys with Dana- Part I: Dinosaur Footprints Near Holyoke, MA

I convinced my Geokittehs co-author Dana Hunter to fly from Seattle to New Hampshire to visit me for a few days. I handed in the final version of my PhD thesis on Friday afternoon, and Dana arrived last night to help me celebrate. So far, we’ve been having a ball. You can expect several forthcoming posts about Dana’s visit, both here on Georneys and over at Dana’s blogs Rosetta Stones …


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