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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

  • Greetings from Castle Rock: Humongous Hummocks Edition

    Greetings from Castle Rock: Humongous Hummocks Edition

    By Dana Hunter | 6 hours ago |

    The weather did its best to ruin our plans today, but we defied it mightily. We didn't get a single glimpse of Mount St. Helens - unless you count the 2.5 cubic kilometers of the summit we hiked over. Don't get the jacuzzi suite if you intend to get an early start, cuz it won't happen. […]

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  • Greetings from Castle Rock! Pocket Gophers Did Wut Edition

    Greetings from Castle Rock! Pocket Gophers Did Wut Edition

    By Dana Hunter | May 21, 2015 |

    We took a chance with the weather for you, my darlings, and we are now lodged in a ginormous jacuzzi suite in Castle Rock. Tomorrow, we're hoping our favorite volcano will be visible so we can bring ya'll some great photos. Today, we took the slowest trip we've ever done between Seattle and Castle Rock so we could get a late start (Misha wanted cuddles), wander around Olympia (ZOMG so many waterfalls in the center of the city!), see what pocket gophers hath wrought (mystery: solved!), and wander around Silver Lake near sunset, where all of the birds were magnificent. […]

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  • It's the 35th Anniversary of the Big Ba-Boom: Mount St. Helens and the May 18th Eruption

    It's the 35th Anniversary of the Big Ba-Boom: Mount St. Helens and the May 18th Eruption

    By Dana Hunter | May 18, 2015 |

    Thirty-five years ago, mini-me watched in awe as Mount St. Helens blew up on our television. A short time later, our neighbors came back with samples of ash and awed stories of the disaster zone. Vulcanologists had gotten an unprecedented opportunity to study a volcano's eruption cycle from awakening to paroxysmal eruption, but lost some of their own in the process. […]

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  • Sneak Peeks from Grand Coulee and Summer Falls!

    By Dana Hunter | May 9, 2015 |

    I’m home, my darlings. I’m so tired I’m about to faceplant into the keyboard, but I shall not sleep until I have posted some pictures for ye! We didn’t do all we meant to, alas, because we were too late getting out of the enormous and comfy hotel room (seriously, the Grand Coulee Center Lodge has some pretty magnificent rooms for a small town, plus the kindest staff), and we were too tired from Day 1 to climb to the top of Umatilla Rock . […]

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  • Sneak Peeks from Grand Coulee and Summer Falls!

    By Dana Hunter | May 9, 2015 |

    I’m home, my darlings. I’m so tired I’m about to faceplant into the keyboard, but I shall not sleep until I have posted some pictures for ye! We didn’t do all we meant to, alas, because we were too late getting out of the enormous and comfy hotel room (seriously, the Grand Coulee Center Lodge has some pretty magnificent rooms for a small town, plus the kindest staff), and we were too tired from Day 1 to climb to the top of Umatilla Rock . […]

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  • Sneak Peeks from Frenchman Coulee

    By Dana Hunter | May 8, 2015 |

    Greetings from the dry side! B and I crossed the Cascades in search of lotsa lava for you, and we found plenty. Here’s a sneak peek! Looking through a gap in basalt columns at Frenchman Coulee. There’s a delightful juxtaposition between fire and water over here. […]

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  • The Nepal Earthquake: Link Roundup and How You Can Help

    By Dana Hunter | April 28, 2015 |

    The photographs taken by ABC Australia journalist Siobhan Heanue on Saturday, April 25th are eerie . The temple square in Kathmandu is peaceful, filled with people enjoying the beautiful structures, with birds perched on roofs and milling on the pavement. […]

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  • What Kind of Animal Are You?

    What Kind of Animal Are You?

    By Dana Hunter | April 22, 2015 |

    Happy Earth Day, everybody! Have you paused for a moment and considered what a nifty planet we live on? It’s got all kinds of great stuff! I’ve shared a few of my favorite places for an Earth Day past . Today, I shall reveal what kind of animal I am: Yay, I have an appetite for life! […]

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  • PSA: Bluffs Aren’t Bluffing – Use Caution!

    PSA: Bluffs Aren’t Bluffing – Use Caution!

    By Dana Hunter | April 4, 2015 |

    Bluffs are inherently unstable landforms. They're gone in a geologic eyeblink, which means they can be dangerous. No matter how solid and stable that big, beautiful bluff looks, be cautious around it. Bluffs can kill without warning, as Arch Rock at Point Reyes National Seashore recently did . […]

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  • Famous Fools for Fool's Gold

    Famous Fools for Fool's Gold

    By Dana Hunter | April 1, 2015 |

    So what would you do if I said, "Look! I got you some gold!" and handed you a chunk of this? It's very golden! Image courtesy Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com (CC-BY-SA-3.0) Well, you would look at those lovely well-developed crystal faces, for one. […]

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