That is partially where this month's Accretionary Wedge topic stems from.
What geological concept or idea did you hear about that you had no notion of before (and likely surprised you in some way).I feel I have taken enough geology classes to be able to pick up new concepts rather quickly even if I had no notion of them before, but in some cases there are things that really surprise me. Now being a paleontology student I have taken years of paleontology classes so most concepts are not foreign to me but I have found that there are still some things out there, which a good majority of people probably know, that really surprised me.
The first one is when I was taking a Paleoecology class and we took a field trip to Mexico. While we were in Mexico we stayed at Puerto Penasco, located towards the northern most tip of the Gulf of California.
While we were there we were tasked with the job of analyzing the fauna of different environments in an extreme tidal environment (they have possible the second largest tidal range on the planet, up to 5.2 vertical meters). Growing up on Long Island, I went to the beach often. I always found shells all over the beach but almost never, ever, found something alive besides the birds. Well when you look closely you can find some things alive.
So that is my surprise of information. I did not expect so much life to exist in an area where it looks like there is almost nothing there. Life abounds even when you can't see it, it only takes a careful eye and some time to stop and look at the flowers (or gastropods as the case may be).
|Our first view of what we thought of as a "dead" beach.|