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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

Danger Zone! The New Madrid Seismic Zone

Danger Zone! The New Madrid Seismic Zone

Malachite asked an excellent question I’m actually well-placed to address without further research. Yay! New curiosity: what the heck is that danger zone where Missouri meets Tennessee?

March 21, 2013 — Dana Hunter
On The Necessity of Geology

On The Necessity of Geology

There is an urgent need for talking and teaching geology.Many people don’t know it. They think geology is rocks, but if they’re not rock aficionados, it’s nothing to do with them.

March 21, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Crowdsourcing Pioneering Women in the Geosciences

Crowdsourcing Pioneering Women in the Geosciences

Did you know it was a woman who discovered that the earth has a solid inner core? Or that Bascom Crater on Venus was named for the first woman geologist hired by the USGS?

March 19, 2013 — Dana Hunter
The Cataclysm: "A Horrible Crashing, Crunching, Grinding Sound"

The Cataclysm: "A Horrible Crashing, Crunching, Grinding Sound"

At the risk of sounding flippant, I wish to share a bedrock truth of the Pacific Northwest. Only, it's more like a harsh woody truth. The fact is that, on the seaward side of the great mountain chains, you can't see much geology.

March 14, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

It's 3-14! Here's some helpful advice for those who'd like to remember pi: Sometimes, only sometimes, I do love math.

March 14, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Living (and Sometimes Dying) with Karst

Living (and Sometimes Dying) with Karst

The earth opened up and swallowed Jeff Bush last week. Normally, I wouldn't use that phrase: people say it all the time when the earth has done no such thing.

March 7, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Robot Geologist on Mars Makes History

Robot Geologist on Mars Makes History

One small scoop full of powdered rock, one giant step forward for exogeology. Lovers of the good science of rock-breaking will find their breath catching at this image: This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill.

February 26, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Par cutin: "Here Is Something New and Strange"

Par cutin: "Here Is Something New and Strange"

Imagine a pastoral scene, seventy years ago in Mexico. On a sunny February day, a woman and her son watch over their flock of sheep from the shade of oaks; her husband strides across his fields toward a pile of branches that need burning, while his helper completes a furrow.

February 20, 2013 — Dana Hunter
Interlude: What Vehicles Say About Temperatures Within a Volcanic Blast

Interlude: What Vehicles Say About Temperatures Within a Volcanic Blast

In our previous installment regarding the effects of the May 18th, 1980 Mount St. Helens directed blast on vehicles, we learned a valuable lesson. I will call upon commenter Angusum from Boing Boing to sum up: "The main thing we learn from studying vehicles trapped in the path of a volcanic eruption is that you should try very hard not to get trapped in the path of a volcanic eruption." Indeed.

February 14, 2013 — Dana Hunter

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