Monday, January 30, 2012

Geological Fact of the Month - January

Here is the first Geological Fact of the Month for 2012.


For all the Geological Fun Facts I have mentioned before you can head on over to my website.

Friday, January 20, 2012

GeoJeopardy! Fridays #80

Time for GeoJeopardy! Fridays, because, well, just because.


- Rock Band -


The law of superposition states that any bed of rock must be older than another bed here
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  A 250-million-year, old grayish-white limestone layer of sea fossils is referred to as this canyon's "bathtub ring"


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 The earth's outermost layer of rock, it comes in oceanic & continental types (sorry, no whole wheat)

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Layers of rock are commonly referred to as these, from the Latin for "something spread out"



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Most exposed rock on the earth's surface is this type produced by the weathering & erosion of older rock


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Geology in Pop Culture - Google Edition

Well geology has finally hit up Google's homepage:

This in honor of Nicholas Steno's 374th birthday. I know that is a milestone I will be looking for in my own life. For those that don't know who he is not the guy named on the buffet line heating cans. That's Sterno:



Steno is one of the founders of modern geology. If modern geology has giants in it's past, Steno would be one of them. He defined the main laws of stratigraphy including the Law of Universal Horizontality (rocks were deposited horizontally) and the Law of Superposition (Rocks on top are younger than rocks below, this also applies to faults and other events). He is a name to know for all geology students to show that even though things seem obvious to us now-a-days, it was not always this way.

Friday, January 06, 2012

GeoJeopardy! Fridays #79

Time for GeoJeopardy! Fridays, because it's a new year, bring on the party.


- Volcanoes -


Popocatepetl, a volcano near this capital city, is a source of sulfur
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  Mount Taranaki in this country gets its name from a Maori word for "Barren Mountain"


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 Because of the May 18, 1980 eruption, this Washington volcano is now about 1,300 feet shorter

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Mount Etna is part of this mountain system



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Mount Erebus in this continent's Victoria Land region was discovered by Sir James Ross in 1841


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Sunday, January 01, 2012

500th POST!!!! - A Recap

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

This is my 500th post overall and I just wanted to say thank you to all my readers and anyone who has shared my posts with others. It also seems fitting that this post comes at the first of the year. A time for recollection but also for looking forward. To what could be.

For this post I just wanted to make a little recap of what this blog was, what it has become, and where it might be going. I started this about 5.5 years ago as DinoJim's Vent, a mixed blog of my own personal posts as well as some geology posts. As I became ingrained more into the geoblogosphere I separated the blog into 2 individual blogs, DinoJim's Rant and The Remnant.... The title had changed one further time to emphasize the focus on education and general geology as opposed to dinosaurs. The current title, The Geology P.A.G.E., has garnered more attention then I think either of the previous titles did and I'm glad I switched over.

My purpose for making this blog was to illustrate some of my ideas in geological education as well as publish some of the little things I like to do for my students. I usually don't like to read long blog posts or articles. I figured since I feel that way other people do as well, so that is why I have a tendency to keep most of my posts on the shorter side. Something to get in, get your information, and get out.

But I have noticed that most of my more visited posts include some of the more applicable uses for my geology lessons (you can see the entire most visited list on the sidebar) including Using Jello and Rice-Crispy Treats in Earthquake Education and my Geological Movie Reviews. These posts usually take me more time and I don't do them as often. So even though I do like to do more of the shorter posts I plan on spending some more time and create some of the longer, more cited posts.

So after 5+ years and 500 posts I want to thank all my readers again for their loyalty and here's to hoping for new and better content and more follows.