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23 November 2016

A conversation with Zack Labe

Yesterday, I mentioned climate change visualizer extraordinaire Zack Labe. As delineated then, he’s a PhD student at U.C. – Irvine in the Earth Systems Science department. He’s producing some really excellent #dataviz on climate change. Today, I’d like to share a short exchange I had with Zack about his work. 1)      Please give Mountain Beltway readers a sense of your background, leading up to what you’re working on …

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22 November 2016

We are in unprecedented territory with global sea ice

The amount of sea ice on planet Earth is much, much lower than ever recorded at this time of year. Will this anomaly turn out to be a relatively minor “weather” event? Or is this what a sea ice tipping point looks like?

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26 May 2016

Glaciotectonic thrust at Waubonsee Community College

Glaciers can cause thrust faults! Explore an example from a trench south of Chicago.

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19 June 2015

Friday fold: subglacial drag fold (Pleistocene) in Cretaceous sediments, Alberta

Howard Allen, a retired petroleum geologist from Calgary, and longtime reader of this blog, contributed this week’s Friday fold: Subglacial drag fold (Pleistocene) in Upper Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Fm. bedrock (sandstone, shale). The locality is SE of Drumheller, AB at UTM 12U 394247 5692469 (WGS84). Did you hear that right? Yes, you did: This is Cretaceous aged sedimentary rock, folded by a Pleistocene glacier, tens of millions of years after …

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27 February 2014

It’s not all fun & games on Corridor H

Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been sharing some images here from a field trip the previous week to Corridor H in eastern West Virginia. I love this road, but I guess it’s fair for me to point out that sometimes in the middle of winter, this is what the outcrops look like: …Yep. Next road-cut, please.

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3 February 2014

Ice seeps along Passage Creek

This past week, there’s been a beautiful sight along the stretch of the Fort Valley Road that goes past the Blue Hole section of Passage Creek. Click to enlarge Ice has been forming beautiful forms as groundwater seeps out along bedding planes in the Massanutten Sandstone (a Silurian-aged quartz arenite, folded during late Paleozoic Alleghanian deformation). At this site, the bedding dips moderately to the south. This is close to …

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29 January 2014

Frosty morning

It’s another cold morning in the Fort Valley. To celebrate winter’s continuing grip, please enjoy these images from last Friday morning, on my way to work… Frost on plants: Frost on barbed wire: Finally, here’s a time-lapse video (5 times actual speed) of the first 6 miles of my commute (walking, then driving):

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7 January 2014

Ice in the ‘hood

Some ice seen this morning, the coldest we’ve yet experienced at our home in the Fort Valley… 4° F when we got up this morning, with windchill around -15° F. Frost nucleated on a “petal” from a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera): Frost on grass (note the different habit of the ice crystals here): Frost on some netting: Frost on some plant stems near a little creek on our land: Ice …

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31 December 2013

Pipkrakes in the yard

Asbestiform ice is growing in our yard this week, with individual ice needles several inches long… Note the substantial pebbles that have been lifted up by the growth of these things – they’re powerful little crystals.

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17 December 2013

Ice oddities

I took a walk through my neighborhood on a cold morning last week. I saw some neat features in the ice. Here’s a frozen backswamp next to Passage Creek (which lies in the tall trees just beyond the snow-covered natural levee… My neighbors (on whose land this backswamp can be found) had driven an ATV through the ice and water the previous day, and it had created a series of …

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