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    Dana Hunter Dana Hunter is a science blogger, SF writer, and geology addict whose home away from SciAm is En Tequila Es Verdad. Follow her on Twitter: @dhunterauthor. Follow on Twitter @dhunterauthor.
  • The Pinnacle of Evil Volcano Lairs – At Least in This Solar System

    Image is a photo of Olympus Mons from space. It is huge.

    A while back, we had a meme traveling around the geoblogosphere regarding evil volcano lairs. Many geologists came up with excellent lairs, as you shall see. But I decided we needed to think big as well as think evil. I also decided that an evil geologist would scoff at other evil geologists’ choices, because evil, [...]

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    Darwin Did Geology, Too! A Collection of Quotes for Your Darwin Day Enjoyment

    Water-color portrait of a young Charles Darwin, painted by George Richmond. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

    It’s Darwin Day! Celebrating Darwin’s birthday is a lot of fun, and if you know the right skeptic’s group, there may be cake. With dinosaurs! But the reason why many Darwin Day celebrations give me a small sad is because so many people forget that Darwin wasn’t just a biologist. He was a geologist, too! [...]

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    Crowdsourcing Books By and/or About Women and People of Color in the Geosciences

    A white peacock's gaudy display overshadows a peahen. Image courtesy Darkros via Wikimedia Commons.

    You know those moments where you suddenly notice the ism in the background? Had one recently meself. I spent a few weeks going through every single geology book available for Kindle on Amazon. I downloaded a ton of samples. And then I started sifting through them. I noticed a few disturbing trends. First, the samples [...]

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    I Got Yer Seahawks, Super Bowl, and Geology Right Here!

    Image shows a bit of lovely orange citrine held in my fingers against a background of sky and evergreens. The Seahawks Super Bowl Ring is pasted atop the citrine.

    Oh, hai, is that the Seahawks at the Super Bowl again? Yes, it is! I have to say, I’m pretty stoked that my hometown team made it to the Super Bowl two years in a row. They are awesome that way! And they have fans that make it very easy to tie football in with [...]

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    An Offensive Strategy for Dealing With Creationist Attacks on Science

    Image is a cat with narrowed eyes. Caption says, "Skeptic Cat demands proof."

    I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading about the failures of young earth creationist attempts at doing geology. Many people have come before me, tearing this nonsense down bit-by-bit. It’s an extraordinary amount of work, and leaves the so-called creation scientists scrambling for ever more bizarre ways to overcome the laws of science. But [...]

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    It’s National Hug Day! Let’s Hug the Geology of Hug Point!

    Image shows part of the cliff and the side of the waterfall.

    Hug Point State Park in Oregon could use a hug. Pioneers certainly weren’t very affectionate with it: they blew bits of it up. Millions of years before that, massive amounts of flood basalt intruded a nice, calm delta, which also made things pretty explosive. Despite that rather hazardous history, it’s a super-lovely place that is [...]

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    Wallace’s Woeful Wager: How a Founder of Modern Biology Got Suckered by Flat-Earthers

    Image shows a younger Alfred Russel Wallace posing jauntily with his hand on a chair and one leg cocked. His hat makes him look vaguely Amish.

    In January of 1870, Alfred Russel Wallace found himself on a collision-course with a group of creationists who fervently believed the earth is flat. The father of biogeography, co-discoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, seems an unlikely sort to be mixed in with religious fanatics on a question of geography settled since [...]

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    A Snippet o’ Subduction Zone Goodness for Ye

    Image is a hand-drawing of the Juan de Fuca Ridge (spreading center), the Olympic Mountains (accretionary prism), Puget Sound, and the Cascade Mountains (magmatic arc).

    If I ever become ridiculously rich, I’m going to open up a geological theme park. Can you imagine the rides? Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and more – all very exciting. And educational. I think we could make it work, don’t you? Imagine the field trips! Of course, we’d have to have a roller coaster based on [...]

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    It’s a Brand New Year! What Are We Gonna Do With It?

    Picture of me pointing to contact between basalt and sedimentary rock. Caption says, "2015's gonna be amazeballs"

    Hello, and welcome to 2015 at Rosetta Stones! Are you ready for incredible geological goodness? Yes? Excellent! I’ve got Plans for ye: We’ll continue our Creation Earth Science Education. We’ll resume our explosive Mount St. Helens series. We’ll get to know some more Pioneering Women in the Geosciences. We’ll find out what flat-earthers, wagers, and [...]

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    The Year in Rosetta Stones: 14 Posts for Your Reading Pleasure

    Image shows me walking toward a serpentinite cliff with a rock hammer and camera. Caption says, "See you in 2015"

    What a year it’s been here at Rosetta Stones! We covered a lot of ground: just have a look at this selection of experiences from the last twelve months. We found out how the gods garden: Shrooms of the Gods: A Geostory. “If I told you the gods were rock gardening in southern Illinois, would [...]

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