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December 25, 2010

A Christmas Rock: Fossiliferous Coal

Merry Christmas & Happy Newtonmas, Everyone! To celebrate, here are some beautiful pictures of coal taken from the interwebs. I’ll take coal rocks like these in my stocking any Christmas! Fossil ferns in coal from Morocco. Image from Wikipedia Commons. More ferns in coal. Image taken from here. Even more ferns in coal. Image taken from here. And even more fossil plants in coal! Image taken from here. Yet more …


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December 10, 2010

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas- Part II

My What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas post has been attracting some serious (well, for my little blog anyway) traffic over the past few days. Apparently, many people find my blog post by googleing phrases such as “geology christmas gifts,” “geology gifts,” and “what to buy a geologist.” I guess many people are doing their Christmas shopping for their geologist friends and family! Over the past few days, I’ve …


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December 4, 2010

What to Buy a Geologist for Christmas

Zayna (my cat) in my Newtonmas tree. Christmas is just over three weeks away. If you’re like me, you’ve recently put up your tree and a few decorations and are contemplating what to buy your friends and relatives. My family isn’t religious, so we celebrate Newtonmas instead of Christmas. We call the holiday Newtonmas because Issac Newton, the famous mathematician and scientist, was born on Christmas Day. We celebrate Newtonmas …


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November 25, 2010

A Thanksgiving Rock: Granodiorite

Plymouth Rock, image taken from Wikipedia Commons. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! In honor of Turkey Day, I want to share with you an article by John McPhee, one of my all-time favorite writers. McPhee wrote an article about Plymouth Rock that can be read here: Travels of the Rock. Like the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock- which marks the Pilgrims’ traditional, almost mythical landing place– was a traveler. This rock is a glacial …


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