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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

  • Tiger's Eye: A Deceptive Delight

    Tiger's Eye: A Deceptive Delight

    By Dana Hunter | July 29, 2015 |

    Heyo, it's International Tiger Day ! Yeah, I know, we don't do biology around here, but that's okay - I've got just the rock for the occasion. A raw bit of Tiger's Eye! I'll bet you've seen this polished. Can you believe this little piece of quartz used to be worth half an ounce of gold per carat in the 1870s? […]

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  • A Disaster, or an Opportunity

    A Disaster, or an Opportunity

    By Dana Hunter | July 23, 2015 |

    Recently, there was an all-day party at the new homestead, which featured Don Ehlen's outstanding collection of gorgeous and fascinating insects . I want to relate something Don said as we talked science, the universe, and everything. We were discussing the aftermath of Mount St. […]

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  • I Brought Ye Some Baker

    I Brought Ye Some Baker

    By Dana Hunter | July 22, 2015 |

    We almost didn't. Ya'll can thank B for your Baker photos today, because he's the one who said, "Let's do it." See, when we got up Friday morning, the cloud cover was thick and low. Weather.com promised me partly sunny skies at Mount Baker, but I hadn't any faith, especially not with the Cascade foothills covered in clouds. […]

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  • Drool-Worthy Geology at Whatcom Falls Park

    Drool-Worthy Geology at Whatcom Falls Park

    By Dana Hunter | July 21, 2015 |

    Sometimes, having your plans fall through is the best possible thing. B and I headed up to Mount Baker yesterday to get you all some lovely volcano photos. Alas, the haze in the air was so thick you couldn't see across a small lake, so voluptuous volcanic vistas were not in the cards. […]

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  • The Awesome Power of Lava: Watch Metal Burn!

    The Awesome Power of Lava: Watch Metal Burn!

    By Dana Hunter | July 19, 2015 |

    Remember when we poked some gentle fun at Hollywood and 'splained that most lava flows are so slow that you can outwalk them? I wish I'd known about this video back then, because it shows how even pahoehoe flows - you know, that thin, runny stuff - are often so ridiculously slow that an elderly sloth could escape their wrath. […]

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  • Seward Park: A Scientific Wonderland in Seattle

    Seward Park: A Scientific Wonderland in Seattle

    By Dana Hunter | July 9, 2015 |

    Seattle's not only a lovely city, it's got gorgeous parks and some bonza geology tucked away just about everywhere. Reader Galway asked for interesting places to take kids around here, so this summer, I'll be writing up some of my favorite places for you. […]

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  • Bad News for Hollywood

    Bad News for Hollywood

    By Dana Hunter | June 29, 2015 |

    So, you know those disaster movies where volcanoes explode like Mount St. Helens, but also spew fountains of really runny lava like Kilauea on laxatives? I have really bad news for them, courtesy of Edward Wolfe and Thomas Pierson in Volcanic-Hazard Zonation for Mount St. […]

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  • How I Wish I'd Known It Was Erupting at the Time...

    How I Wish I'd Known It Was Erupting at the Time...

    By Dana Hunter | June 24, 2015 |

    Of course, if I'd know Mount St. Helens was actually erupting at the time, I'd probably have never gone. Volcano phobia , doncha know. I did haz one. But I thought all the eruptions were over, so I went up the mountain with my old friend Victoria, and didn't realize until long afterward that we'd been there during an eruption. […]

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  • "Pyrite Is Not Born to Fool"

    By Dana Hunter | June 4, 2015 |

    When last we spoke on the subject of fool's gold, I introduced you to several famous people who'd mistaken it for real gold . Imagine how they'd feel if we yanked them out of their respective eras and showed them you actually can get gold out of pyrite. […]

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  • Visiting Mount Saint Helens This Summer? Getcher Guides Right Here!

    Visiting Mount Saint Helens This Summer? Getcher Guides Right Here!

    By Dana Hunter | June 2, 2015 |

    Oh, hai, it's getting to be that time of year when you've got a greater than 10% chance to actually see Mount St. Helens when you visit! Were you planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest? Wanting to swing by and visit our most explosive attraction? […]

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