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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 31 2012

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Maryland Duo

UFD I. Rockville, MD, Aug 2009.  "Probably deciding which flower to target next..." Image courtesy Rwahrens.

You lot are genius – I’m getting some lovely UFDs. Some are more unidentified than others. Take this gorgeous girl from Rwahrens – even those of us who haven’t got a clue about birds know roughly what she is. But like he said when he sent her, how often do you see them sitting still?

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Jul 30 2012

Info Request for GRE, Quitting Update, and Kitteh Rescue

A few items on the agenda, here. Firstly, I’ve got a G+ friend named Craig DaGeek who is investigating the possibility of getting into grad school for geology. He could use some insight from those in the know: what’s the new GRE like? Do you know of any good study resources for it? Any info …

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Jul 30 2012

Geoscience and Technology: The Internets Made Me a Geoblogger

Moi with ripple marks at the dinosaur trackway near Holyoke, MA. Image courtesy Dr. Evelyn Mervine.

I missed the last Accretionary Wedge because, let’s face it, I take utterly awful field notes. Of course, it doesn’t seem like the actual round-up was posted. And I almost missed this one because busy with field tripping and Mount St. Helens. Also, what would a total amateur have to say about all the nifty …

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Jul 29 2012

Fun With Disasters

Even more macro. Yum!

Several days ago, Woozle shared this post with me on G+, jokingly wondering if I could identify the “rock formation” this hand sample came from: And I was all like “Ha ha ha Woozle you are teh funneh – wait. I have something that looks very much like that.”

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Jul 28 2012

Mystery Flora and UFD Double Header

Mystery Flower

I promised you a two-fer today, and by West Coast standards, it is still today. See? I keep my promises sometimes! Sorta. So here’s flora: little star-like flowers with a purple stripe, gracing the trails on the summit of Marys Peak in Oregon. I see flowers like these everywhere round the Northwest, and you may …

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Jul 28 2012

Too Awesome to Wait! Meet Volcanologist (and St. Helens Survivor) Dr. Catherine Hickson

You’ll get your UFD and Mystery Flora super combo later today, I promise. Right now, I just have to gush. I’m super-excited: I found another geologist who witnessed the May 1980 eruption! Catherine Hickson was a geology student from Canada, and she was only 15 miles east of the summit when it blew. She wrote …

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Jul 27 2012

New at Rosetta Stones: Beginnings

So, Nature Network bloggers have a sniny new home at SciLogs.com, and we SciAm bloggers joined the beginnings bash to welcome them. My contribution is a post on the beginnings of geology, my beginnings as a geoblogger, and call for new beginnings. If you’ve not begun to be a geologist, but think you might be …

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Jul 27 2012

Answer to a Geologic Riddle: Well-Rounded

Basalt dike through volcanic breccia, Marys Peak, OR

I expected this one to be simplicity itself, which is why I salted the clues with ambiguity – and apparently ended up being too deceptive! But all of you who guessed “pillow basalt!” shouldn’t feel bad. For one thing, the clues can easily be construed that way. For another, that’s the first thing I shouted …

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Jul 26 2012

Dude. This Shit’s Actually Working…

Just a quick Chantix update. I’m almost done with Week 2, and I was despairing, because I still wanted to smoke. I made myself cut back a bit, but the cravings came on pretty strong, and I was all like, “Shit. My body isn’t going to let me be in that group that just loses …

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Jul 26 2012

New at Rosetta Stones: Risk

I’ll have the answer to our geologic riddle tomorrow. I’ve got all the bits now, thanks to Lockwood, but I ran short of time. Had to get our next installment of Prelude to a Catastrophe written, didn’t I? And by the time I finished, it was five in the bloody ay-em, wasn’t it? Yep. So …

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