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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

Learning the Language of Rivers I: A History of Confusion

(I was an idiot and told a coworker I'd make his costume. I haven't got a sewing machine, and hand-stitching takes forever . But it will be epic. Unfortunately, sewing (among other things) means that I haven't finished research for our next Cataclysm post...

October 25, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Dave Crockett's Narrow Escape

One of the eeriest things I've ever seen is the video shot by KOMO News reporter Dave Crockett on May 18th, 1980. He was just 28 years old. Something woke him before dawn that Sunday morning, telling him this was the day to be there...

October 4, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Prelude to a Catastrophe: The Complete Lexicon

Summer rather got a bit in the way of blogging for a bit there. We on the west side of the Cascades don't get much: generally just two or three months of reliable sunshine before the rains come again...

September 30, 2012 — Dana Hunter

A Few Questions About Comments

One of the things I've noticed about Rosetta Stones is that not as many people comment here as on En Tequila Es Verdad. Now, in order to plan what sort of things we end up doing here, I've created a wee bit o' a survey to find out what you think about commenting here...

September 24, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Accretionary Wedge #49 Now Available!

Once a month or so, the geoblogosphere gets together to throw a blog carnival called the Accretionary Wedge. It's a fun bit of geological goodness, filled with excellent science writing all revolving around a common theme...

September 8, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Where Volcanoes Snow

A probe sweeps through space. Roughly 4.5 million kilometers (2.6 million miles) away, you sit and watch images of another world appear. You notice a mottled surface, and on its horizon, jetting an incredible 260km (162mi) above its surface, a plume.This is the first volcano ever seen erupting outside your planet.This is a world where volcanic plumes are sulfur dioxide snow, and are so large they can be seen from Earth orbit by the Hubble Space Telescope, and from Earth-based telescopes as outbursts of infrared...

September 7, 2012 — Dana Hunter

The Cataclysm: "Vancouver! Vancouver! This Is It!"

Dawn arrives early in the Pacific Northwest spring. The clouds are usually thick enough to filter the light to the satisfaction of all but the lightest sleepers, but on the morning of May 18th, 1980, 5:30am saw the sun rising in cloudless skies...

August 9, 2012 — Dana Hunter

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