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August 29, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Desert Landscape

While I’m busy reviving Georneys, I thought that I should revive my “Monday Geology Picture” posts. Today’s picture features a Namibian desert landscape along the road to Fish River Canyon in Namibia. After I finish blogging about the International Geological Congress, which I’m attending this week, I’ll blog about my recent hike through the canyon. I plan to write up a post on the geology of the canyon, so stay …

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January 18, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: West Coast Fire

Here in South Africa it’s fire season again. So far, this summer has been very hot and dry with many parts of the country suffering from drought. Over the past few weeks, there have been several forest fires around the Western Cape province. About a week ago we drove past a moderate size fire when we were driving back from Langebaan Lagoon. Fortunately, it seems that firefighters contained this particular …

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November 30, 2015

Georneys Blogging Catch-up: Sneak Preview

I’ve been extremely busy the past couple of years, and as a result I haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked. However, I’m itching to do some blogging catch-up, so I’ve made a list of some of things that I’d like to blog about over the next few months. I’ll see if I can tackle some posts over the next two weeks. Otherwise, I’m taking the week of December …

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January 17, 2013

LASI V: Field Trip Introduction

Back in late October and early November 2012, I attended the LASI V Workshop on the “physical volcanology of subvolcanic systems: laccoliths, sills, and dykes” as an observer and science writer. The workshop started out with 2 days of talks at the Pine Lodge Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Recently, I have been writing about some of the research that was presented during these talks. I’ve already written …

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January 3, 2013

LASI V: Biological Interlude #2

I’m still busy writing up some more exciting geology posts related to the LASI V workshop, but meanwhile here’s another biological interlude. You may remember that back in October I wrote about an interesting monkey warning sign at Pine Lodge, the venue for the LASI V talks. A day later, I walked out of my room to go over to breakfast and– sure enough– encountered a vervet monkey.

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January 2, 2013

A Slight Change in the Usual Programming…

Firstly, my apologies for the recent lack of my regular posting, such as the Geology Word of the Week. For the past couple of weeks, Georneys has been quiet because my blog was experiencing some technical difficulties. I was unable to upload any pictures because my blog had reached its allocated server space. I guess I’ve just been posting so many great geology pictures! A few Monday Geology Picture posts …

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December 18, 2012

Newspaper Clippings from the 1964 Alaska Earthquake at Gwennie’s

I’d like to write a few more posts about my visit to Alaska earlier this year. In case you missed them, here are some earlier posts about Alaska: Off to Alaska… Geology Word of the Week: G is for Glacial Erratic Iditarod Start and Finish A Drive to Salmon Lake, Alaska in Pictures Nome, Alaska in Pictures: Part I Nome, Alaska in Pictures: Part II Nome, Alaska in Pictures: Part …

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December 16, 2012

Geology Word of the Week: G is for Glacial Erratic

def. Glacial Erratic: A rock which has been transported and deposited by a glacier and which has a different lithology than the rock upon which it has been deposited. Often, erratic rocks have an angular shape because they were broken off of bedrock by glaciers and have not yet had time to be weathered and rounded by water, wind, and other erosional forces. Glacial erratics can range in size from very …

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November 5, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Some Teaser Shots from LASI V

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post I thought I would share a few teaser pictures from the field trip I attended last week as part of the LASI V workshop on the physical volcanology of laccoliths, sills, and dykes. For the field trip, we spent three days exploring and learning about subvolcanic systems that are exposed in South Africa’s Karoo region. We stayed just outside of the town 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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