Author Archives: Metageologist

Metageologist

About Metageologist

Simon Wellings trained as a Geologist but professionally has metamorphosed into something else. He retains a keen interest in Geology, facilitated mainly by the wonders of the Internet. Simon now blogs at Metageologist.

From Erratics to an erratic

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Having found my feet here, Chris @highlyallochthonous has kindly given me a space of my own on all-geo.org. I’ve a stack of posts ready to go, so posting will be less erratic. Hop on over and have a look. At … Continue reading

Categories: Uncategorized

Accretionary wedge #35 – Porphyroblast

Metageologist

I like long words (I might even say I was egregiously polysyllabic in my discourse) and when Accretionary Wedge #35 asked me for my favourite geological word I knew it had to be one of those compound names based on … Continue reading

Categories: Rocks & minerals

Chalk is weird

Metageologist

Sometimes you live with something and regard it as normal, dull, quotidian, jejune, blah or maybe just meh. Then one day you suddenly get a moment of clarity and realise that actually, it is really weird. Subtly weird perhaps, but … Continue reading

Categories: Rocks & minerals, Uncategorized

Impact and Geology: spherules rule

Metageologist

One of the most striking changes in Earth Science in the last 20 years has been the way meteorite and associated impacts (or bolides and astroblemes, if you prefer) are viewed by Geologists. In the dark days of the 1990s … Continue reading

Categories: planets, Rocks & minerals

Impacts and Geology: deep peace?

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Metamorphic rocks typically come from deep in the earth and form slowly. Simple physics shows that transferring heat into large volumes of rock (a key driver of many types of metamorphism) takes millions of years. Rocks that form the deep … Continue reading

Categories: planets, Rocks & minerals

Impacts and Geology: from lahar to suevite

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As I’ve¬†written before, the last 30 years has seen a big change in the way Geologists think about the Earth; this planet of ours does not sit in isolation in the Universe but is frequently hit and changed by meteorites … Continue reading

Categories: planets, Rocks & minerals

Meteorites and Geology: big holes in the ground

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How many meteorite craters haven’t we discovered yet? Continue reading

Categories: planets