Thursday, January 29, 2015

Drunk on Geology - Inversion IPA

The next up in the Drunk on Geology series is Inversion IPA  produced by Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Oregon.

An inversion is a naturally occurring phenomena when the temperature goes from normal (warmer near the Earth's surface and cooling upwards) to inverted (colder near the Earth's surface and warming upwards). This frequently happens in areas where a warm front is able to ride on top of a cold front. When the colder air is trapped in place for some reason, this condition can persist for a lengthy amount of time. In Salt Lake City, where I live, this condition occurs because Salt Lake is in a "bowl" surrounded by mountains. The cold air if frequently trapped in the valley when there are no storms to move it out. This causes the inversion, which wouldn't be a problem, except all of the pollution from cars and factories are contained in the valley as well, making the air often very unhealthy to breathe. The picture below is a view of today's inversion. There are mountains and a city usually in that shot.


Salt Lake City on a nice day of inversion.

A nice beer to calm all paranoia about what the inversion is doing to my lungs.

 A nice picture showing what an inversion looks like from above is pictured on the box.

I have been waiting for a "nice" inversion day to post this Drunk on Geology post. The worst days often occur during December and January, however this winter had been a rather mild inversion year.

I just wish they had included some words on what the meaning of an inversion was on the box or the bottles.  



Friday, January 16, 2015

Random Picture - Natural History Museum of Utah at night

Going through my old photos and here is one I wanted to post.

The museum was lit up for a special event, so when I left I was able to see the mammoth from outside the main entrance. I had been wanting to capture this shot for a while (I have a horrible time trying to not move while taking pictures on my iPhone) so I brought my camera specifically for this shot.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - The Pony Express Trail

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


Last year my family and I headed out to find some geodes in the Utah desert. Along the way we traveled along the Pony Express Trail. Although this trail spreads on through many states, here is a small portion of it, near Dugway, UT. 

 View looking east, as we passed through Dugway Pass.

This post marked the location of the Pony Express, which ran from 1860-1861.


Recreation of the Simpsons Springs site. It is clear when you enter the building though that many animals now use this as a shelter from the heat of the day.


Panorama of Simpsons Springs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dinos in Pop Culture - A "Real" Dinosaur Train

Last year my wife had purchased me tickets to the "Dinosaur Train" put on by the Heber Valley Railroad, here in Utah. It was a cute event where they had a variety of dinosaur related activities, and where you could talk to volunteers from the nearby museums. 

 One of the activities was digging in the sand for dinosaurs.

 It is hard to see but here is my daughter pulling out a Pachycephalosaurus.

 The train that was not in use with a giant inflatable dinosaur on the front. I want one.

 The actual train. It had a variety of dinosaur related decor inside.

 One of the main dinosaurs. Unfortunately he never actually went on the train with us, where there were other dinosaurs with us for the trip.

Pulling away as the sad dino wanders off by himself.