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Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 28 2011

Birth of the Grand Canyon

Some of my favorite geologists are on teevee!  Wayne Ranney and Ron Blakey got tapped to explain how the Grand Canyon came to be for Naked Science on the National Geographic channel.  Repeats are airing – check your local listings and set your DVRs to stun!  I mean, record!

Feb 28 2011

Don’t Miss the AW Mardi Gras Extravaganza!

We’ve got another AW deadline fast approaching, and nobody wants to miss a parade, now, do they? It’s Carnival time or Mardi Gras time in Louisiana . This year the season is long – going from Jan 6 (Twelfth night) to March 8 (Fat Tuesday – day before Ash Wednesday). Since the Accretionary Wedge is …

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Feb 27 2011

Accretionary Wedge #31: Do Whut Nao?

Accretionary Wedge #31 is up at The Geology P.A.G.E., and it’s a delight: As you can see by the title (Wait, What?) the topic for this month’s Accretionary Wedge (#31) is surprising geological knowledge. And we had a ton of fantastic contributions to the topic. Beautifully compiled, too!  It’s Sunday.  Sit back and relax with …

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Feb 27 2011

Tell Me Again that Science and Religion are Compatible

But before you do, consider this (h/t): The official Vatican position on evolution tilts towards intelligent design. Its point man on the subject, Cardinal Schönborn, says: “Scientific theories that try to explain away the appearance of design as the result of ‘chance and necessity’ are not scientific at all, but, as John Paul put it, …

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Feb 26 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Carl Sagan (Yes, Again)

…It is here that we are, in some pain and with no guarantees, working out our destiny. -Carl Sagan Some people may find that a rather grim, depressing quote, but it’s uplifting to me.  No, we haven’t got any guarantees.  Yes, there is pain.  But only some.  And we’re the ones working out our destiny.  …

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Feb 25 2011

Los Links 2/25

  I drove home for lunch through a rare Seattle whiteout.  Here you see teh kitteh watching the winter wonderland compile outside, while I called work and explained that between the rapidly-worsening road conditions and my cramps, I wasn’t coming back for the evening.  Then we sat and enjoyed the fruits of living in a …

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Feb 24 2011

Tomes 2011: A Distinct Chinese Theme

My reading of late has taken a bit of a detour from geology.  I’ll no doubt swerve back that way soon, but when building a region modeled a bit on Southeast Asia, one needs to read up on Southeast Asia.  Not that that kept me from sneaking a bit o’ geology in there anyway…. Image …

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Feb 23 2011

Da-amn

Via Callan Bentley and many others, Christchurch moments after the earthquake struck: That’s the dust of a city shaking apart.  Incredible.  If anyone finds out who took this, let me know so I can include proper credit. Here’s another striking image, from friends of @monaeltahawy via a myriad of Twitter folk:  All of this has …

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Feb 23 2011

World Coming Down

I’d meant to get the next Oregon Geology post up, but instead have spent the past several days watching in bemusement, sometimes in horror, as the world changes. In Wisconsin, the Cons in control have rather overplayed their hand.  I’m proud of the Dems there who left the state to deny a quorum, and incredibly …

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Feb 22 2011

Dana’s Dojo: Calling Your Characters Liars

Today in the Dojo: How showing your characters up as big fat liars can be a good thing. Anyone who claims to be good at lying is obviously bad at lying. Thus – as a writer myself – I cannot comment on whether or not writers are exceptionally good liars, because whatever I said would …

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