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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

A Landscape in a Hand Sample: To Transform

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.

April 30, 2012 — Dana Hunter

A Landscape in a Hand Sample: To Settle

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.

April 18, 2012 — Dana Hunter

The Real Heart of the Ocean

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.

April 14, 2012 — Dana Hunter

My Most Important Geology Teacher

(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.

April 11, 2012 — Dana Hunter

A Landscape in a Hand Sample: "Of Fire"

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.

April 9, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Friday Photos: Whidbey Island Erosion

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.

April 6, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Suggestion Box

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.

April 4, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Words With Rocks

The first thing geology ever said to me was, "Ouch!" Moi and Mt. St. Helens, together for the first time. Image credit my former roommate. I was five years old, and Mount St.

April 2, 2012 — Dana Hunter

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