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6 March 2015

Friday fold: Mazatzal Orogeny, Arizona

Reader Mike Pendergrass contributes this Friday’s fold: I found your blog a couple years ago and I share your love of structural geology.  I did my Master’s Thesis while at Northern Arizona University in the early 80’s and mapped an area on the Mazatzal Mountains of central Arizona.  The Mazatzals in my field area contain metasedimentary rocks that were deformed in the Mazatzal Orogeny (~1.6-1.7 billion years ago).  The stratigraphy …

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7 March 2014

Friday fold: Obsidian on display at ASU

Happy Friday! Here’s a beautiful folded obsidian sample, replete with conchoidal fractures, on display outside the geology department at Arizona State University in Tempe, where I was last week:

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3 March 2014

Pieces of the beginning, via Chelyabinsk

A week ago today, I was in Tempe, Arizona, at Arizona State University, for a workshop on broadening participation (increasing diversity) in the geosciences. One of the neat things about ASU as a setting for this meeting is their enormous meteorite collection. I was particularly taken with the display of material from the extraordinary Chelyabinsk meteor detonation that occurred last year. ASU has pieces of glass from windows that were …

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27 March 2013

Video book review: two new titles from Mountain Press

A new video book review! Under discussion today are two new books from Mountain Press: Geology Underfoot Along Colorado’s Front Range by Lon Abbott and Terri Cook, and Arizona Rocks! by T. Scott Bryan. Enjoy!

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27 August 2011

Friday fold addendum

Lee Allison, State Geologist of Arizona and exemplar of public outreach via blogging, sent me an e-mail yesterday regarding that awesome coastal Greenland shot by Alistair Knock that I featured as the Friday fold. Lee, like many of you, found the image entrancing and intriguing, and as he explored the unannotated version, he made some discoveries. In this e-mail, Lee pointed out a few more faults that I hadn’t noticed. …

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2 December 2010

How to make a Grand Canyon in seven easy steps

This series of cartoon images ended up on the board yesterday in Historical Geology lab… E = erosion D = deposition Yes, oversimplified: I didn’t include the newest thinking about the subtleties involved in putting together the Brahma and Vishnu Schists and Zoroaster Granite, and I didn’t include mention of faulting (either ancient or more recent). And no mention of magmatism – either of the Cardenas generation, or the more …

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