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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones


Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.
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Our Suggestion Box o' Rocks. These are samples collected on my first field trip in Oregon with Lockwood DeWitt. There are some turbidites, a nice hand sample of pillow basalt, some basalt with lovely manganese, zeolites, and gabbro. Lovely!

Thank you all for the very warm welcomes and gorgeous enthusiasm! You gave Rosetta Stones a fantastic launch.

With introductions out of the way and the furniture pretty much arranged, it’s time to get out in the field. Where would you like to go? Consider this our suggestion box.

Do we begin at the beginning, with a short course in geology? Play about with rock types? Jump in with both feet and go exploring a landscape – and if so, what kind? Are there any news items of geological interest you’d like to investigate?

We already have more than rocks in the box. Rick, commenting over at ETEV, would like to “figure out why limestone doesn’t taste like lime in my cerveza.” That’s something I pondered, possibly too much, as a kid. So we’ll be having a limestone day round here soon. Stock up on tequila and lime, or your preferred equivalents.

Bora said, “I hope we’ll get to read, at least sometimes, a little bit of her science-fiction writing, or some of her poetry. Perhaps mixed in with her science.” We could do an excerpt or two, if you like. I could show you bits of the worlds I’ve built, together with a scene or so. Anyone else interested?

Malachite (nice!) says, “A post about Mount St Helen’s would be great, too.” Can do! I’ve actually got a series started: we can just move it on over here.

I’d like Rosetta Stones to be a place where readers get a chance to choose topics. It’s really all about you guys. So throw some ideas into the box. I’ll plunge a hand in, take a topic out, and off we’ll go!

Dana Hunter About the Author: 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 views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.



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  1. 1. Southern Geologist 7:45 am 04/4/2012

    More references to other Geobloggers!

    Okay, seriously…I feel that there are valid reasons to explore the rock types, but one is more likely to build an interested audience if they start out with a landscape and analyze it. The big picture/history drags people in much more easily than discussing rock types. You can always name the various rock types and then return to them in a future post. Which landscape I’ll leave up to you.

    I would also be interested in seeing some of your sci-fi.

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  2. 2. P. Michael Hutchins 1:43 pm 04/5/2012

    Maybe this is not the best place for it, but I’d like to see a post & discussion of … beach rocks.(!)

    …in particular, ones that – I think – are metavolcanics, such as the ones in San Diego and in Marblehead, MA.

    I realize that material that’s separated from its bedrock is not as useful to geologists, but these travelers have great stories of their own to tell.

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  3. 3. DanaHunter 6:19 am 04/6/2012

    S.G. You gave me a tasty idea for juxtaposing hand samples with landscapes. Thanks! It only awaits some sunshine so I can get decent shots of said hand samples…

    P.M.H. You can haz beach rocks! I’ve got lots. Rocks ripped from context aren’t always the most informative, but they’ve still got quite a bit to say, and now I have the excuse to show ‘em off. ;-) If you’ve got photos you’d like to submit, I can make it a little less PNW-centric, even. Yahoo knows me as dhunterauthor.

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