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Accretionary Wedge #57: I see (dead) Geologists

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The latest Accretionary Wedge, the acclaimed gathering of the Geoblogosphere, is hosted this time by geologist Evelyn Mervine at her “Georneys” and she is asking if you “do see geology in unexpected places?

Here a bit a macabre approach to this question – a gravestone for a geologist – as seen in an old newspaper (published in 1856), the inscription reads:

He was searching for rocks an entire life
Never to be satisfied
Now he got one big Stone
That will do in the End

Fig.1. A geologist´s gravestone, image from “Illustriertes Sonntags-Blatt für katholische Familien”, Nr. 15 (1856), image in public domain

David Bressan About the Author: Freelance geologist dealing with quaternary outcrops interested in the history and the development of geological concepts through time. Follow on Twitter @David_Bressan.

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  1. 1. metageologist 5:16 pm 06/21/2013

    Reminds me of something I read on Wikipedia written for William Buckland, 19th Century geologist:
    “Where shall we our great Professor inter
    That in peace may rest his bones?
    If we hew him a rocky sepulchre
    He’ll rise and break the stones
    And examine each stratum that lies around
    For he’s quite in his element underground”

    Also, the rock type Charnockite is so named as the no-longer famous Job Charnock’s gravestone is made of it.

    Link to this

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