Countries visited meme

Blame Julia and/or Brian for this one: go to this site and click on all the countries you’ve visited. Here’s my world map:

visited 23 states (10.2%)
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I really need to do something about those gaping holes in Asia, South America and Africa. Of course, when it comes to the US, I’m almost embarrassed to put this up – especially when you consider that my coverage of California and New York is limited to San Francisco, LA airport and New York City.

visited 6 states (12%)
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Of course, from a professional standpoint, the more interesting question is how many of the countries above I can say that I’ve visited geologically, in that I’ve actually seen and thought about the rocks; there is a lot of truth to the old adage that the best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks, and every part of the world as it’s own unique stories to tell and insights to offer. I know I’ve benefited from having had the opportunity to compare and contrast the geology of New Zealand (lots of young rocks in a tectonically active region), the UK (primarily middle-aged rocks, which bear the imprint of both mountain building and rifting events) and South Africa (lots of elderly, well-preserved rocks). On the whole, though, there’s an awful lot I still haven’t seen.

visited 10 states (4.44%)
The fact that my score under this criterion is a fair bit lower suggest that I’m possibly not quite as rock-obsessed as some people might claim…

Categories: bloggery, fieldwork

Comments (4)

  1. Bob O'H says:

    I get a larger surface area, although it’s not entirely fair.
    I’m not even going to put up my map for the US.

  2. Bob O'H says:

    Ha! I must remember that ScienceBlogs doesn’t use Textile…
    Perhaps that’s what they’ll upgrade to. 🙂

  3. Chris Rowan says:

    Who knows? We’ve only been told in a general way about the shininess of the new upgrade…
    Until then, I just fixed your link the old fashioned way.

  4. Kevin N says:

    You’ve been in Montana, and all the other states you haven’t been in don’t count as much!