It's our final (for now) installment of Women in Geoblogging. Oh, there will be more - I'll be doing a follow-up for the blogs I've missed! For now, let's go out with a bang. We've got six final geobloggers you're gonna love!
Rock-Head Science by Sandie Will
Interested in jobs in the earth sciences? Whether you're job hunting or just curious about what geoscientists do all day, you'll find just what you're looking for at Sandie Will's blog.
A follower asked me to write a blog on what I look for on resumes, since I’m a hiring manager in the field of geology. The thought was that I could provide a different perspective than the general resume information currently available on the internet. At first I doubted I could because, to be honest, I just skim resumes. But after thinking about it more, I realized that this is exactly the problem. I’m skimming resumes, because they are not as useful as they could be. Therefore, I’ve thought of some strategies to help you with getting your resume noticed when applying for a job in the sciences.
Being a geochemist takes a lot of time, effort and preparation to get data. It can be frustrating to be months into a project and not have a lot of data to show for it. Also, there is always the risk that experiments fail and often you can’t reuse your samples again. But if research was easy it wouldn’t be as rewarding!
I know the vast majority of my readers are in to volcanoes. Go straight to Kathi's blog and lose yourselves in the volcanoey goodness: she's got just what you need!
The stereotypical geoscientist is, of course, a geologist. And if you're imagining this geologist you might be seeing a man with a lot of facial hair who spends all day hiking around the mountains in trekking shorts and hiking boots, equipped with a compass, a rock hammer, and a hand lens. Geologists like him are maybe what Sheldon Cooper refers to as "the dirt people". I hate to break it to you: Geoscientists come in all shapes and sizes.
Everybody has heard about the eruption of Bárdabunga, of course. We know that a dike (a vertical crack in the rocks, filled with magma) pushed its way through the Earth's crust for quite some time, before it reached the surface and started a stunning fissure eruption. How do we know that? Because lots of earthquakes happened underground where the dike was breaking its way up! But all this is, of course, yesterday's news - and I'm sure many of you have read tons about this eruption and seen some of the spectacular videos and photos.
Shaman of the Atheistic Sciences by Lisa Buckley
A Canadian paleontology graduate student and curator at Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, Lisa Buckley has a lot of awesome fossils to blog about! From the field to the foundation, she'll help you see them in new ways.
Type localities are a big deal in vertebrate paleontology. It's the location of first contact with a part of the Earth's history that has never before been seen and recognized for its importance. They are also the place where present and future researchers can visit and continue to collect information using new ideas and techniques. Also, these sites are bloody cool!
You are a fossil enthusiast, and you want to develop a closer and deeper connection with the life of the past. You also want to make sure that your interests are not directly or inadvertently supporting shady doings (e.g. poaching and illegal fossil export, accidentally removing scientific access by buying a fossil, etc.) You are in luck. There are so many ways in which the Fossil Lover can support science, science education, and a sustainable use of fossil heritage resources!
Simplement Géologie (Simply Geology) by Catherine Breton
Aimez-vous les tremblements de terre et parlez français? Even if you don't like French, as long as you love earthquakes and volcanoes and can use Google Translate, you can follow Catherine Breton's blog, and believe me - it's well worth the extra effort!
On February 27, 2015, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude struck north of the island of Flores, Indonesia. The earthquake caused no tsunami.
This region is very active seismic and volcanic plans and this earthquake was in the context of the subduction tectonic plate from Australia to the south, which slips under the Sunda microplate on which a part of the islands Indonesia including the island of Flores.
November 23, 2014, the Pico do Fogo volcano on the island of Fogo in the Cape Verde Islands erupted, causing the destruction of villages Portela (Cha das Caldeiras) of Bangaeira and Ilheu de Losna by lava lava. On 23 December 2014 there was only one house intact Ilheu de Losna.
The floor slopes of Pico do Fogo is very fertile and is used for agriculture, particularly viticulture, unique in the country.
Snapshots from Space by Emily Lakdawalla
This is where you go to get your otherworldly geology on, people. No one does it better than Emily Lakdawalla!
I've been resisting all urges to speculate on what kinds of geological features are present on Ceres, until now. Finally, Dawn has gotten close enough that the pictures it has returned show geology. Before, we could clearly see craters; but everything has craters. Now, with the latest images taken on February 19, we can see the shapes of those craters, and begin to interpret what they mean about Ceres' interior and geologic history.
If the rings are real, Chiron would be the second known centaur to have them; Chariklo was the first. Centaurs are icy worlds that probably originated in the Kuiper belt before their orbits were perturbed to send them among the giant planets. Alex Parker wrote about centaurs at length in his guest blog on the discovery of the ring system at Chariklo. In both cases, the bodies are too far away and potential rings too dim to be directly observed; what we actually detect is the dimming of background stars during occultations. Chiron and Chariklo are the largest centaurs and the only two for which stellar occultations have been successfully observed.
Watching for Rocks by Nina Fitzgerald
After leaving a twenty-year career as an RN, Nina Fitzgerald got her geology degree and now chases the rocks she loves. Go on adventures with her, and prepare to fall head over heels for geology all over again!
Riprap, Slickensides, and a Thanksgiving WalkaboutAs we traipsed across the rock–strewn expanse, fragments of shiny slickensides on sandstone jumped out at me like a sharp reflection of sun on a windshield. A Slickenside is a polished area of rock along a fault surface, indicating movement or sliding of one rock against another. Southwest Utah is riddled with faults both large and small, with recent major crustal movement being down–to–the–west normal faulting related to Basin and Range extension, around 20 million years ago. However, older crustal compression and mountain building events during Sevier Orogeny times occurred even earlier, some 100 million years ago. Either or both could have been the culprit and caused the slickensides.
According to The Geysers of Yellowstone, Shoshone geyser basin is one of the most important thermal areas in the world. Its small size is what packs its wallop. The basin contains over 80 geysers, more than any other place on earth except for the remainder of Yellowstone, the Valley of Geysers on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, and El Tatio in Chile. Not bad for an area that is barely 1600 ft by 800 ft. In addition to the geysers, there are also widespread mud pots, frying pans, and acidic pools found between the main geyser basin and Shoshone Lake.