Friday, February 26, 2010
Let me rewrite this one so that is can be searched on the Internet as well:
"The subterranean engine driving this motion is as much a mystery to us as it was to Dutton although geologists and their side-kicks, the geophysicists, have cooked up a whale of a theory lately, called plate tectonics."
Also quote worthy is another quote I found in an article I picked out for my Depositional Environments class to read.
“Forms a smooth or slightly irregular slope, except where it forms a cliff…”
Blakey, R.C. 1973. Stratigraphy and origin of the Moenkopi Formation (Triassic) of southeastern Utah. The Mountain Geologist. v. 10, pp.1-17
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"People can send us any mineral or rock, or even a dead insect...anything they want to see a picture of under a powerful microscope. It's pretty cool. Once we receive the samples, we'll notify senders of their results via email. You can view other reports we've done here: http://www.aspexcorp.com/resources/send_sample.html"
Seems interesting so far so I emailed him for some more info and he sent me back the submission process:
Here's how the free sample offer works:
You'll need to instruct your readers to download and print this form from the ASPEX website.
They'll fill out the form and mail it along with the sample they want scanned to:
Free Sample Submissions
175 Sheffield Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626
Once ASPEX has completed the scan, the images and report will be posted on ASPEX's website here.
It should take about 2 weeks for the results to post to the ASPEX website, and we will also notify submitters via email. Samples scanned for free will not be returned.
So I figured, what the hell. I'll give it a try.
Below is a picture of the sample I am going to send. I'm not entirely sure what it is but it seems to be a piece of basalt with some yellow quartz crystals growing on the inside, similar to a geode. The plan is to fill out the form today then I will follow up with posts as I get the materials and send out the sample. So lets see how this goes.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Article courtesy of Krista Mugavero
Friday, February 05, 2010
1. SLC is hazardous to your health
2. PhD comics are very funny and eerily accurate
3. There are advisers that care what you want to do
4. People will complain about anything
5. Reading 8-10 articles a week is a lot
6. Mexico in November can be really freaking cold
7. When someone tells you you should probably not drive on that dune road, you should listen to them.
8. When deflating a tire to 10 psi to get out of said dune, 0 is technically closer to 10 than 30 is, but that doesn't make anyone feel better when you now have a flat tire
9. Arizona can also have snow in November
10. 3 1-credit classes does not equal 1 3-credit class
11. Nobody really understands what a 1 credit class should be
12. Taking 5 classes does not leave time for personal research
13. When people ask you what you are doing all follow-up questions are unanswerable since you haven't actually started anything
14. When you make something up to an undergrad they believe you
15. When you make something up to your advisor you usually have the beginnings of a debate
16. Free time is a luxury
17. If you read a graph with a random scattering of points on it (article, presentation, whatever) someone will undoubtedly put a line to these random points and then try to interpret them
18. Personal reading time becomes rather scarce
TV Shows of choice for the semester
1. Battlestar Gallactic
2. Beast Wars
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Geology strikes back against these thieves because as they were making their get-a-way they decided to choose a dangerous steep slope that was made of granite, where it had rained the night before, and it is a common fact that rocks are slippery when wet.
Article courtesy of Robert MrduttYou can check out the complete collection of Darwin Awards: Geology Strikes Back at my website.