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14 February 2013
Maitri’s hosting this month’s Accretionary Wedge, and she’s asking us to share our battle scars (or “geo-injuries”). For some reason, this struck me as an excellent topic to talk about on Valentine’s day, so instead of showing you photos of heart-shaped lava fountains or volcanic bombs, I’m getting into the real bloody side of field work.
25 October 2010
Halloween is pretty much my favorite holiday – when else can I show up at school in costume? – and I’ve decided to resurrect the theme of geology in the movies for a Halloween series this week. To start us off, I’ll turn to that classic geologic monster movie: Tremors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tremorsposter.jpg Tremors often comes up when lists of geology-themed movies are mentioned. Not only does it feature hungry subterranean critters, …
13 June 2008
Can you tell I’d rather be in the field than at a desk right now? Maybe in a few weeks. But in the meantime, because it’s Friday and it’s fun to make lists, I thought I’d go through some of the useful things I’ve learned in the field – mostly through personal experience or helping bandage up someone else who didn’t learn them fast enough. (Fortunately none of them required …
12 May 2008
I just came across an article from a July 2007 Wired Magazine article about the “Best Dangerous Science Jobs”. Guess what #7 is? Volcanologist! (I love the little graphic.) And #6 is… Graduate student. Yep, I’m doomed. Happily doomed, though.
5 March 2008
Geotripper managed to start a really cool little meme about dangerous pursuits in the name of geology, which has turned into a Carnival of Death-Defying Geologists. So I felt I had to contribute a few experiences… Okay, it’s not death-defying (like Kim’s water-related entry), but there were some death threats involved at the end of the day when we met back up with the prof who said, “Oh, you should …