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Rosetta Stones


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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.
  • 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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    Just in Time for Christmas! All the Gargantuan Guides in One Place!

    Image shows a cat resting its chin and paw on a printed page. Caption says, "Multum legendum non multa."

    Do you still have gifts to buy? Don’t want to leave the comfort of your home or office? Are you dreading the very thought of stepping into a store? Want to give the gift of knowledge and laughter in just a few easy steps?

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    A Short Georney with Doctor Evelyn, Complete With Geology-Themed Christmas Gift Ideas!

    Image shows Evelyn in a kayak, holding a little cocker-spaniel/shi tzu mix.

    A few weeks ago, I put together a cornucopia of geoscience blogging for ye, but I saved Doctor Evelyn for her own post. She’s one of the first geologists I got to break rocks with, and the only person to date I’ve ever gone kayaking with.

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    Holiday Road Trip? Compelling Reasons to Stuff a Geologist in Your Car – But Do Your Own Driving

    Image shows my silver Honda Civic parked in front of a shiny gray roadcut.

    “‘If I’m going to drive safely, I can’t do geology.’” -Geologist quoted by John McPhee in Basin and Range There’s nothing like roadtripping with geologists. If you’ve got a long, dull trip coming up, stuff a geologist or two in the car with you – it’ll liven things up considerably! Of course, you’ll find yourself [...]

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    Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Science Books Suitable for Gift-Giving II: Science for Kids!

    Image shows a cat lying in front of an open lolcat picture book. Caption says, "Lolcat Accadamee Study Hall"

    Welcome to Part II of our Super-Gargantuan Guide! In this edition, we’ll be exploring the world of science books for kids. I attempted to cast my mind back to when I was a child, and also solicited the advice of child-possessing readers. Feel free to toss more titles my way – this list has plenty [...]

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    Dana’s Super-Gargantuan Guide to Science Books Suitable for Gift-Giving

    Image shows a cat resting its chin and paw on a printed page. Caption says, "Multum legendum non multa."

    It’s the gifting time o’ year! You’ve got science readers on your list, but you’re not sure what books to get them, right? For those of you who can’t just say heck with it and buy a gift card instead, I’ve got some ideas for ye. Our main focus will be the earth sciences, but [...]

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