Thursday, February 14, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Connecticut

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Connecticut


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                                        Year Established
State Mineral: Almandine Garnet                                            1977
State Fossil: Eubrontes giganteus Dinosaur Track                   1991
State Dinosaur: Dilophosaurus                                                2017

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Colorado

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Colorado


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                                        Year Established
State Rock: Yule Marble                                                          2004
State Mineral: Rhodochrosite                                                  2002
State Gemstone: Aquamarine                                                  1971
State Fossil: Stegosaurus                                                          1982

I also have two Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures that I have done for Colorado previously. These include:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Picture - Fort Point NHS

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is part of a series of parks that the wife and I hit while we were visiting the wineries in the Sonoma Valley.




You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

This post relates to the California Geological State Symbols post that came out earlier this week.

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The last National Park we visited on this trip was within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 
Our entrance sign traditional pic with the Golden Gate Bridge and part of Fort Point in the background.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Golden Gate NRA

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is part of a series of parks that the wife and I hit while we were visiting the wineries in the Sonoma Valley.




You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

This post relates to the California Geological State Symbols post that came out earlier this week.

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Continuing our trip from the Muir Woods National Monument, we then travailed some of the Presidio's national parks, including taking pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge itself. We weren't able to visit a lot of the surrounding areas of the park but hopefully we will be able to visit them at a future date.


Arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge we went to take in the overlook of the bridge and got an eyeful of the famous San Francisco fog. The fog is produced when the hotter air located within the city itself and the surrounding areas come in contact with the cool air blowing in off the Pacific ocean. When these two air masses come in contact, the warmer air is forced upwards creating clouds, or in this instance, fog.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Muir Woods

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is part of a series of parks that the wife and I hit while we were visiting the wineries in the Sonoma Valley.




You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

This post relates to the California Geological State Symbols post that came out earlier this week.

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There isn't a lot of geology at this park, but we got some great tree pictures.

 Our entrance sign photo.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - California

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

California


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                                        Year Established
State Rock: Serpentine                                                             1965
State Mineral: Gold                                                                 1965
State Gemstone: Benitoite                                                       1985
State Fossil: Smilodon fatalis (saber-toothed cat)                    1973
State Dinosaur: Augustynolophus morrisi                               2017

I also have several Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures that I have done for California previously. These include:

Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Hot Springs

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is an old park visit, but one I never actually published as part of this series. I visited this park back in 2003, before I was focused on the geology of the parks. 



You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

This post relates to the Arkansas Geological State Symbols post that came out earlier this week.

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Hot Springs National Park


The water within Hot Springs National Park is unique in that it has traveled a very long way down into the ground surface. These waters have been heated up by geothermal activity (the heat inside the Earth) as opposed to the volcanic activity that you would see at springs in areas like Yellowstone. Here is Bathhouse Row, where the bathhouses are lined up along the areas where the natural springs come to the surface.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Arkansas

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Arkansas


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                                        Year Established
State Rock: Bauxite                                                                  1967
State Mineral: Quartz Crystal                                                  1967
State Gemstone: Diamond                                                       1967
State Dinosaur: Arkansaurus fridayi                                       2017

Friday, January 18, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Arizona

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Arizona


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).


                                                                                        Year Established
State Gemstone: Turquoise                                                        1974
State Fossil: Petrified Wood (Araucarioxylon arizonicum)        1988
State Metal: Copper                                                                    2015

I also have several Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures that I have done for Arizona previously. These include:
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Grand Canyon National Park
Hohokam Pima National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Alaska

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Alaska


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                        Year Established
State Mineral: Gold                                1968
State Gemstone: Jade                              1968
State Fossil: Woolly Mammoth                1986

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Russell Cave



You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

This post relates to the geological state symbols post that came out earlier this week. 

Unfortunately this is the only National Park I have visited in Alabama but eventually there will be more.
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During a trip to Chattanooga for my wife's Ironman race, we took a tour of some of the nearby National Parks. This included a brief foray into Alabama to see the small, but cool Russell Cave.

Entrance Sign

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Alabama

One of my goals for 2019 is to post an in-depth look at the geological and paleontological symbols of each state. I plan on posting 1 state each week for the year, so you can look forward to that. In addition to that I am planning on updating a lot of my Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures to catch up on ones I missed for each of the states as I go through them. Some of the early states have been published before but they will be updated with new and more up to date information. First up on my Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Alabama



You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                    Year Established
State Rock: Marble                                         1969
State Mineral: Hematite                                 1967
State Gemstone: Star Blue Quartz                  1990
State Fossil: Basilosaurus cetoides                 1984

Friday, November 16, 2018

Geology Through The Radio: Your Substrata Makes My Lava Flow

Although, likely played as a joke, here is Brad Paisley's country song named Geology from the never released album - Your Substrata Makes My Lava Flow.




Thursday, November 15, 2018

Geology Fun Fact - Elemental Abundances

Geology Fun Fact

Topic: Elemental Abundance

The abundance of the elements in the solar system generally decreases with increasing atomic number. Looking at the Periodic Table, Hydrogen (1) has the highest abundance and Helium (2) has the second. However, the third highest abundance is Oxygen down at number 8. The reason for this jump is that there is a stability problem with elements 3-5 (Lithium, Beryllium, and Boron), which causes these elements to have extremely low abundances. Odd atomic numbers also, generally, have lower abundances than neighboring even numbered elements. The result is that Carbon (6) and Oxygen (8) both are pretty close in atomic abundance and are both greater than Nitrogen (7) in the middle of them.



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Geology Fun Fact - Fossil Fuels

Geology Fun Fact

Question: Are fossil fuels actually made of dinosaurs? 

No! Despite the common misconception, most fossil fuels do not actually come from dinosaurs or fossils for that matter. Oil and natural gas formed mostly from bacteria that died and blanketed the bottom of the sea before being buried and “cooked” into the fossil fuels we all know and love. Coal on the other hand, does sort of come from fossils. Coal was formed in prehistoric swamps from plant matter that never biodegraded due to low oxygen content of swamps and preserved the organic matter to be “cooked” into coal.