Monday, August 31, 2015

CBS Sunday Morning - Geology in the movies

Here is a recent story from CBS Sunday morning talking about the new film San Andreas. The Sunday Morning team interview USGS seismologist Lucy Jones about what is and what isn't real. Very similar to my Geological Movie Reviews I had worked on.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Rocky Mountain NP

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

For our travels through Rocky Mountain NP, I have a lot of scenery photos, but not much in the way of strictly geological photos. It was mostly a scenic drive through the park. Also it has been a while since I was actually there so my remembrance of the features may be a bit hazy.

Obligatory entrance sign

Panorama of some mountains. 

Ok, I really don't remember what this was for. But it's rocks.

 View from the visitors center.


 More mountains

 I believe this is the same valley you can see from the visitors center.

 Yay, some geology. This is a cirque, a valley carved out by a glacier.

 Another cirque

 Some cirques, glaciers, tarns (a lake inside a cirque), and probably one or more arĂȘtes (knife-like ridges between glacial valleys).

 An edge of a cirque

 A paternoster lake, perhaps (a series of connected lakes in a glacial valley)

 Gotta love the continental divide.

 And of course, more mountains.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Zion National Park: Take 2

The next up on my tour of the National Parks is a revisited park. You can see part one HERE.

Obligatory entrance sign

 View down the Lower Fork Virgin River from the bridge that leads to the Emerald Pools Trail.

 Nice view up the cliff along the Emerald Pools Trail.

 The tired hiker on the trail.

 Under one of the many waterfalls along the trail.

 Some really nice crossbedding.

 View out of the Emerald Pools Trail into the main valley.

 Another view into the main valley.

 View of the Three Kings

 Loving some cross bedding.

Some more cross bedding.