(I figured I'd do a repost by way of introducing you to Geokittehs. Evelyn Mervine and I - okay, mostly Evelyn - have discovered cats make excellent geological models.
Were you afraid I was Meatloaf? We did two out of the three major rock groups, and then a whole week goes by, and perhaps some of you wondered if I decided two outta three ain't bad.
I'm sorry. Very, truly sorry. I know the recent earthquake in Sumatra isn't precisely breaking news, and I really meant to say something about it earlier.
Interviewer: So, how powerful are you? Could you ...say... destroy the Earth? Tick: Destroy the Earth? Egad, I hope not! That's where I keep all my stuff!
We began in fire. Let's quench that fire with a little water. Sedimentary rocks don't always form in water, mind, but many of them do. Sedimentary Cobble of the Astoria Formation from near Otter Crest and Devil's Punchbowl, Oregon.
One hundred years ago, a ship sideswiped an iceberg on its way across the ocean, and the Titanic legend was born. Speaking of legend, James Cameron's film was so sweeping and dramatic that some folks think it must have been entirely fictional.
(This post first appeared on En Tequila Es Verdad. I republish it here for the handful of you who might have missed it there - I'd really like you to get to know Lockwood.
Let's go back to basics for a bit. I've had a challenge thrown in my teeth. Southern Geologist didn't intend it as a challenge, I'm sure, when he* said, "The big picture/history drags people in much more easily than discussing rock types." But I'm a contrary sort of person.
Whidbey Island, Washington is a fantastic place to see glacial deposits while you enjoy some seascapes. Bluff at Penn Cove, Monroe Landing, on Whidbey Island.
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.
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