March 25, 2019

A sandbox model perspective on the tilted sedimentary layers of the eastern Rocky Mountain Front Range

One of my earliest recollections as a geology student was a discussion of the upturned sedimentary rocks in The Garden of the Gods at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountain Front Range in Colorado. I distinctly remember hearing about the vertical movement of a large block of crust, which would ultimately produce the high mountains, tilting the overlying sedimentary layers out of its way as it rose.


March 19, 2019

Research cruise log update: Guaymas Basin

Two videos and an oil painting from the current cruise of the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor: Microbial mysteries — linking microbial communities and environmental drivers  


March 14, 2019

Alaska Taking Shape Near Yakutat

The relentless advance of Hubbard Glacier takes center stage in Yakutat, but the area surrounding the town is one of the world’s great examples of geology in action.


March 13, 2019

Research cruise log: Guaymas Basin

Three new posts from the ongoing research cruise in the Guaymas Basin investigating links between microbial communities and environmental drivers.


March 11, 2019

Pondering the power of the ocean

Yakutat, Alaska, once found quirky fame as a surfing destination for the adventurous. Now, residents are looking into capturing wave energy to provide the town’s power.


March 8, 2019

Mapping the early formation of the oceans

When I was a girl, we traveled to Puebla to visit my grandparents in a town near the Popocatépetl volcano. The fumaroles (smoke) scared me, so I studied the characteristics of the hills around me to find a safe place in case it blew up.


Big Pagoda Pools — Microbial Mysteries video update

This spectacular underwater volcano was just explored for the first time by scientists aboard the R/V Falkor. 2000 meters below the surface of the ocean, the “Big Pagoda” hydrothermal vent is massive: 30m tall and 23m wide.


March 7, 2019

The Breaks rock slide: Revisiting Schultz and Southworth (1989) 30 years later

By Philip S. Prince, Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources (Scroll down for summary video link) The Breaks rock slide, a large slide feature at the western edge of the Appalachian fold-thrust belt, was first described 30 years ago in Schultz and Southworth (1989). In an impressive display of imagery analysis and general geologic know-how, the authors successfully identified several large but topographically subtle ancient landslide features without the …


March 4, 2019

The discovery of Riftia

Greetings from Guaymas basin! My name is Jessica Mitchell and I am in my fifth year of working on my PhD at Harvard University with Dr. Peter Girguis. I study the microbial symbiosis between Riftia pachyptila and its bacterial ‘symbiont’ Candidatus Endoriftia Persephone.


Microbial mysteries: Week 1 video

“I don’t know exactly what we are going to find, but we are going to learn something incredible… This is the type of place where you can actually find something new in terms of metabolic diversity!”