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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.
  • A Perfect Book for Hooking Kids on Rocks

    Image shows the cover of Everybody Needs a Rock.

    Do you want to interest young children in geology? Of course you do! Not only is it one of the greatest sciences of all time, and even one that can be done on other worlds, it gets kids out in the fresh air (and possibly sunshine). So let’s do it. Let’s start them on geology [...]

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    On This Day in 1980: Mount St. Helens Awakes!

    Aerial view of Mount St. Helens erupting on May 18, 1980. Image courtesy USGS.

    Don’t worry, Mount St. Helens isn’t exploding right at the moment (*sadface*). But if you’ll step into the Vulcan Mark III TimeMachine with me, we’ll go watch her wake up! Thirty-five years ago today, the earth beneath our beloved Mount St. Helens began quivering. The volcano stirred, restless. Soon, she would wake…

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    Inge Lehmann: “A Small Solid Core in the Innermost Part of the Earth”

    Image is a sepia-toned photograph of a young Inge Lehmann.

    At the age of 105, Inge Lehmann (1888-1993) looked back on a long, productive life with satisfaction. During her career in seismology, she had made two major discoveries and made other significant contributions. She’d won multiple prestigious awards, become a fellow of the Royal Society, and had honorary doctorates bestowed by Columbia University and the [...]

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    Women in Geoblogging V: Careers! Volcanoes! Birds! Earthquakes! Centaurs! and Geysers!

    Image shows a kitten leaping, looking like it's dunking a basketball. Caption says, "Invisible slam dunk."

    It’s our final (for now) installment of Women in Geoblogging. Oh, there will be more – I’ll be doing a follow-up for the blogs I’ve missed! For now, let’s go out with a bang. We’ve got six final geobloggers you’re gonna love!

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    Women in Geoblogging IV: People-Snatching Pterosaurs! Fossils! Argo Floats! Plus #SciArt!

    Image is an artist's conception of the pterosaur Sordes pilosus. Caption says, "I'm a pterosaur indeed, but I hardly go round snatching people, sir!"

    I’ve got more Women in the Geoblogosphere goodness for ye today, my darlings! Settle in for science!

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    Women in Geoblogging III: Extinctions! Glaciation! Movies! Books from Space!

    Image shows a cat staring at an Apple laptop screen. Caption says, "ipsa scientia potestas est." (knowledge itself is power)

    Women in Geoblogging Week continues with some brilliant posts from old friends and new. Settle in for moar great earth science writing! Letters from Gondwana by Fernanda Castano Fernanda Castano’s a paleontology student at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentena. If you want to know what Earth was like in deep time, start here! The [...]

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    Women in Geoblogging II: Zombies! Plus Kittehs, Water, and Plants!

    Image shows a tuxedo cat lying on a bunch of geology books. Caption says, "I'm on yur geology boox, demonstratin superpuzishun."

    There are so many great geoblogs by women, and we’re working our way down the list. There’s quite a diverse collection today! GeoMika and SpaceMika by Mika McKinnon These two blogs by Mika McKinnon cover a huge variety of geoscience topics, and definitely put the science in science fiction! Zombies: A Seismic Defense As trained geophysicists, [...]

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    Women in Geoblogging I: Maps, Science Education, and Geology in Space

    Image shows a cat sitting at a computer table, looking excited. Caption says, "Really? Yay!"

    Yesterday, I gave you a ginormous list of women geobloggers. Let us now explore their blogs. Settle in for some terrific geoscience, my darlings! A Cartographer’s Toolkit by Gretchen Peterson Maps are essential to doing geology. Gretchen Peterson shows you the elements of these critical tools, introducing you to all sorts of intriguing techniques. Cartography [...]

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    Women of the Geoblogosphere: Follow Them! For They Are Awesome

    Image shows a gray kitten with a white face sitting on a computer. Caption says "I'm in ur blog makin ur rss"

    This is a very neat week, because it is the week between National Science Day and International Women’s Day. We’ll be celebrating women in science all week, culminating in a brand-new Pioneering Women in the Geosciences post. Super! I figured now would be the perfect time to start a list of women currently active in [...]

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    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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