The latest Accretionary Wedge, the acclaimed gathering of the Geoblogosphere, is hosted this time by geologist Evelyn Mervine at her “Georneys” and she is asking if you “do see geology in unexpected places?“
Here a bit a macabre approach to this question - a gravestone for a geologist - as seen in an old newspaper (published in 1856), the inscription reads:
"He was searching for rocks an entire life
Never to be satisfied
Now he got one big Stone
That will do in the End "
Fig.1. A geologist´s gravestone, image from "Illustriertes Sonntags-Blatt für katholische Familien", Nr. 15 (1856), image in public domain
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
My name is David Bressan and I'm a freelance geologist working mainly in the Austroalpine crystalline rocks and the South Alpine Palaeozoic and Mesozoic cover-sediments in the Eastern Alps. I graduated with a project on Rock Glaciers dynamics and hydrology, this phase left a special interest for quaternary deposits and modern glacial environments. During my research on glaciers, studying old maps, photography and reports on the former extent of these features, I became interested in history, especially the development of geomorphologic and geological concepts by naturalists and geologists.
Living in one of the key area for the history of geology, I combine field trips with the historic research done in these regions, accompanied by historic maps and depictions. I discuss broadly also general geological concepts, especially in glaciology, seismology, volcanology, palaeontology and the relationship of society and geology.