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January 9, 2012

Monday Geology Picture: Pillow Basalts in the Oman Ophiolite

I’m currently in Oman for a geology conference, so today’s geology picture is one I recently took here in the Samail Ophiolite. The picture shows some weathered and fractured pillow basalts with a pencil for scale. These are not the best-looking pillow basalts in the ophiolite. The freshest ones are found in the Geotimes sequence up in the northern part of the ophiolite whereas these weathered ones are the best …


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July 22, 2011

The Village of Beer Jam, Oman

Back in undergrad I double majored in Earth Science and Arabic Language & Literature. I am far from fluent in Arabic, especially since I haven’t formally studied the language for the past 5 years. However, I crack open my old Arabic vocabulary and grammar textbooks when time permits, and I try to learn more Arabic during my field seasons in Oman. During my last Oman field season in January 2010, …


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May 5, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: W is for Wadi (وادي‎ )

A Wadi, Oman, January 2009. def. Wadi ( وادي): ‎1. An Arabic word meaning “valley.”2. A valley or canyon– usually in an arid part of the world such as the Middle East– that contains an ephemeral streambed, which generally fills with water only after heavy rainfall. In Arabic the word “wadi” means “valley.” However, in the Middle East and North Africa– where Arabic is spoken– the climate is arid, and …


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April 15, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: T is for Travertine

Travertine terraces, Yellowstone, Western USA, Fall 2005. After a month’s absence because of the Fukushima interviews, I am resuming the geology word of the week. For my new readers, every week I blog about a geology word. Over the past several months, I have been working my way through the alphabet, from A is for Alluvium to S is for Speleothem. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature! def. Travertine:1. …


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