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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

I Brought Ye Some Baker

Ya'll can thank B for your Baker photos today, because he's the one who said, "Let's do it." See, when we got up Friday morning, the cloud cover was thick and low. Weather.com promised me partly sunny skies at Mount Baker, but I hadn't any faith, especially not with the Cascade foothills covered in clouds...

July 22, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Drool-Worthy Geology at Whatcom Falls Park

Sometimes, having your plans fall through is the best possible thing. B and I headed up to Mount Baker yesterday to get you all some lovely volcano photos. Alas, the haze in the air was so thick you couldn't see across a lake, so voluptuous volcanic vistas were not in the cards...

July 21, 2015 — Dana Hunter

The Awesome Power of Lava: Watch Metal Burn!

Remember when we poked some gentle fun at Hollywood and 'splained that most lava flows are so slow that you can outwalk them? I wish I'd known about this video back then, because it shows how even pahoehoe flows - you know, that thin, runny stuff - are often so ridiculously slow that an elderly sloth could escape their wrath...

July 19, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Seward Park: A Scientific Wonderland in Seattle

Seattle's not only a lovely city, it's got gorgeous parks and some bonza geology tucked away just about everywhere. Reader Galway asked for interesting places to take kids around here, so this summer, I'll be writing up some of my favorite places for you...

July 9, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Bad News for Hollywood

So, you know those disaster movies where volcanoes explode like Mount St. Helens, but also spew fountains of really runny lava like Kilauea on laxatives? I have really bad news for them, courtesy of Edward Wolfe and Thomas Pierson in Volcanic-Hazard Zonation for Mount St...

June 29, 2015 — Dana Hunter

How I Wish I'd Known It Was Erupting at the Time...

Now, a lot of you lately have been not-so-subtly nudging at me to get a book out about Mount Saint Helens. So I have created a not-so-subtle meme for you. You can download it, print it and hang it up in a prominent place...

June 24, 2015 — Dana Hunter

"Pyrite Is Not Born to Fool"

When last we spoke on the subject of fool's gold, I introduced you to several famous people who'd mistaken it for real gold. Imagine how they'd feel if we yanked them out of their respective eras and showed them you actually can get gold out of pyrite...

June 4, 2015 — Dana Hunter

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