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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

  • Live-Blogging Richard Waitt's <i>In the Path of Destruction</i>: LOLspeak Edition

    Live-Blogging Richard Waitt's In the Path of Destruction: LOLspeak Edition

    By Dana Hunter | August 31, 2015 |

    So, I'm really digging in to USGS Geologist Richard Waitt's new Mount St. Helens book : This is like magic and I'm loving it so much! A geologist wrote about all the human drama, so my Mount St. Helens book can focus mostly on the geological drama, and I can point people to this book as a companion if they're like, "But what about teh hoominz?! […]

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  • The Incredible Pleasures of Knowing: Science and the Sense of Wonder

    The Incredible Pleasures of Knowing: Science and the Sense of Wonder

    By Dana Hunter | August 27, 2015 |

    Something of a love-letter to science, from a version originally posted on En Tequila Es Verdad . Back-to-school time seems like a good time to remind everyone what a pleasure it is to know science stuff! It's getting harder and harder for me to relate to those folks who choose to remain deliberately ignorant. […]

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  • Awesome A'A Lava Videos for Your Viewing Pleasure

    Awesome A'A Lava Videos for Your Viewing Pleasure

    By Dana Hunter | August 13, 2015 |

    Everyone loves lava lots! So, as per Bruce's request , I brought you some more. To the right is a glowing a`a lava flow advancing over pahoehoe lava on the coastal plain of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey . Below is a video of a fabulous a'a lava flow from Kilauea. […]

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  • Is the West Coast Toast? Let's Talk Cascadia!

    Is the West Coast Toast? Let's Talk Cascadia!

    By Dana Hunter | August 5, 2015 |

    I can stare into the mouth of Mount St. Helens without flinching, begging her to erupt. I can hike up river valleys draining Mount Rainier, and just make a mental note to scramble uphill if it sounds like a mudslide’s coming. I’ve tramped around Mount Baker without once worrying about the fact it’s active. […]

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  • 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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