Accretionary Wedge #38: Back to School (Hogwarts, No Less!)


The 38th edition of the Accretionary Wedge is up at Anne Jefferson’s place. She’s done a marvelous job, and so have all of the geobloggers who took her back-to-school theme and ran with it. There’s even a Harry Potter motif! This is the edition that inspired the post that ended up nominated for Open Lab, and there’s far better stuff than mine over there. Go enjoy!

Why are you still here? Oh. Right. Some of you have never seen the Accretionary Wedge before. A few brief explanations would appear to be in order, then.

The Accretionary Wedge is a geology carnival that began way back in 2007, which is practically the Cambrian by intertoobz standards. Every month, the host picks a theme, and then the rest of us scramble to write up something suitable. I got a little weird, actually. Next month it’s probably Barbies. Look, we take our science seriously, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get whimsical with our topics. A good time is had by all, and no matter how odd the topic, there’s a lot of gorgeous geoscience involved.

As for the name, an accretionary wedge forms when marine sediments get scraped off oceanic plates as they subduct beneath continental ones. All sorts of stuff ends up jumbled together. What better name for a geoblog carnival, then, amiright?

Right. Now that you know all about it, go immerse yourself in all the wonders over there.