Welcome to Earth Science Erratics

Like a rock plucked from its mountain and carried by a glacier into unfamiliar terranes, do you find yourself gravitationally pulled by the exciting force of the geoblogosphere, but unsure as to what happens next? Do you have something that you’d think you’d like to write about, but aren’t sure you have the time, energy, or material to build a moraine commit to a blog? Then come be an erratic with us!

Earth Science Erratics is conceived as a place for geoscientists or geosciences enthusiasts to be able to write one or a few blog posts, on any earth science topic of their choice, without the necessity of establishing their own blog. Think of this space as a field of erratics – a place where stones end up after the ice melts, but not in a thick enough deposit to constitute a mappable till unit.

We’d like to host an assortment of posts here – from the consulting geologist sharing tales of a field project in an exotic locale, to the grad student anxious to practice his science writing skills explaining a part of their discipline…from the amateur earth scientist who wants to write about the geology in her neighborhood to the researcher who wants to share her newly published results with an audience broader than journal readers.

We’ll work to seek out voices for this space, but we’re even happier to hear from volunteers. We’ll make it possible for you get the experience writing and publishing a blog post, by giving you the keys to the blog, but we’ll also hold your hand as needed and keep the technical demons under control. We won’t limit you to one post, and if blogging here whets your appetite for your own blog, we’ll cheer you on and throw you a launch party. But if all you want to do is write one or two or five posts, we’ll use the Highly Allochthonous blog, Twitter, syndication feeds, and the rest of our connections with the science blogosphere to make sure that those posts get the attention they deserve. We like hearing from new geosciences voices, and this is our way of trying to encourage those voices and make sure they are heard.

Plus, we think fields full of erratics are wonderful places to go exploring.

Field of erratics, northern Yellowstone

Field of erratics, northern Yellowstone (Photo by A. Jefferson)

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  1. Lockwod says:

    This is an absolutely wonderful idea, and I’m excited to see what comes of it. I guess I hope it’s not too overwhelming, for your sake, but I do hope there’s plenty of interested takers.

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