1. killyosaur says

    When they say that mountain’s young
    They mean ten to twenty mil

    Reminds me of when my sister (who has a bachelors in geology) told me the Canary Islands were soon going to fall into the ocean and take out the east coast of the US. I stated, “Well, I guess I am not moving there” and she replied, “Oh, I meant soon as in 10-20,000 years…”

  2. enkidu says

    killyosaur. That should probably be 1 to 20,000 years, because there is a small chance it could happen tomorrow.

  3. keithm says

    Speaking as a geologist, none would be caught dead dressed like that in the field. Or in the lab. Or in the classroom. Maybe making a presentation asking a board for money to run an exploration program, but even then you’d probably have to force them to wear a tie.

  4. Igneous Rick says

    keithm @ 4:

    I own three kinds of shoes: hiking boots, hiking sandals, and Doc Martens boots. The hiking boots are for everyday wear, including field geology. The hiking sandals are for when I’m going out for a walk and don’t want to put socks on. I’ll wear them on the occasional trail, but never off. The Doc Martens are for punk concerts, job interviews, and other forms of rebellion. I do, however, wear a dress shirt in the field; I’d gotten an ink stain on it, so I thought I’d try it out. It’s a blend so it breathes well, is long-sleeved opaque enough to keep me from burning, and it has a pocket for pens (how do people wear t-shirts in the field?). Everyone thought it was strange, which I still can’t figure out–it seems like a rational choice. Plus, it has parts of New England, Montana, and Utah permanently ground into it.

  5. keithm says

    and it has a pocket for pens (how do people wear t-shirts in the field?)

    That’s what the cruiser vest is for. Like duh. Or, if it’s the summer, students. They’re glorified pack mules anyway.

  6. PDX_Greg says

    Not a single gneiss joke. Nice! (Part of me feels bad for robbing Dana Hunter of the opportunity to leave this comment, but she did elope her blog, after all.)

  7. Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD says

    It must have been a hard choice. Do they do rap music, or rock music?

  8. killyosaur says

    @enkidu the data may have changed of I may have mis-remembered. This did happen a while back, all I remember was that the “soon” was on geologic scales not human ones :)

  9. shouldbeworking says

    This takes me back to my undergrad days. One Friday night some of us wrote a parody of Dr. Hook’s song about being on the cover of Rolling Stone. We called it The Cover of The Oil Week News.

    There were no gneiss jokes? No schist!

  10. Igneous Rick says

    Gneiss jokes? Schist jokes? Real geologists never, ever joke. Especially about cummingtonite.

  11. Rich Woods says

    @killyosaur #1:

    You’d probably be safe. Apart from the fact that Cumbre Vieja collapse almost certainly won’t happen in your lifetime, the megatsunami potential ascribed to it is the least likely result. We’re talking about several hundred cubic miles of rock breaking off at once and sliding into the ocean. It’s much more likely that it’ll just be a few cubic miles here and there, so you wouldn’t want to be sea kayaking nearby when that happened but Europe and America wouldn’t be at risk.