Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Sunset Crater

The next up on my tour of the National Parks in pictures:

View of Sunset Crater with the sign.

Lava flows in the surrounding area.


Another view of Sunset Crater.


View off in the distance of another volcano on the plains.

Panoramic view of the cinder cone fissure which ends with Sunset Crater off to the right.


You can see the rest of the National Park Pictures at my website.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Geological Quote of the Week - Bird Frisbee

This quote is from a book about evolutionary convergence.

"Continuing work has shown that the resolution of oilbirds' echolocation is rather crude, at least when it comes to avoiding discs deliberately suspended in their flight path."

This just makes me of scientists throwing disks at birds and watching them crash.


Morris, S.C., 2003, Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


And as always you can check out my other Geological Quotes at my website HERE.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Walnut Canyon

The next up on my tour of the National Parks in pictures:


View of the cliff dwelling from the entrance. They are made where the softer shales have eroded away.

You can see the bedding of the sandstone and shale a little better from this angle.

View over the valley.

Walking along the remains of the cliff dwellings.

View inside one of the houses.

A more complete wall on the other side of the meander.

And the walk back up begins.

View of some nice cross bedding from the entrance.

View down one of the meanders of the river. The cliff dwellings are on the meander to the right.


You can see the rest of the National Park Pictures at my website.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

CBS Sunday Morning - Professional Paleontologists are Starting Early

So here was a nice story on CBS Sunday Morning this past Sunday about a kid who wanted to be a professional paleontologist so bad that he applied for the position of curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science when Kirk Johnson left. The position was stolen from the poor kid by Scott Sampson but there was a happy ending in it all.




The video can also be found at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50143923n