Author Archives: Chris Rowan

The Napa Valley quake, and why California is (geologically) not part of America at all.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Napa Valley region north of San Francisco was shaken by a magnitude 6 earthquake, the largest to hit this region since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. An earthquake in … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, tectonics

Scenic Saturday: Crossbeds on the Edge

Some of the famous features of the Peak District are not really peaks at all – but there is nothing more scenic than a wander along one of the ‘Edges’. These sheer cliffs, scattered along the eastern and western edges … Continue reading

Categories: geology, geomorphology, Palaeozoic, photos

Fieldwork should be safe and welcoming for all. Currently, it’s not.

How prevalent is sexual harassment and assault during fieldwork? A paper in PLOS One that grapples with this question is getting some justified attention in the press and online at the moment, and the answer is of concern to anyone … Continue reading

Categories: academic life, fieldwork

Now you see it, now you don’t: the disappearing and reappearing waters of the River Manifold

We’re just back from a couple of weeks in the UK, which included a week exploring the scenic Peak District in northern England. Interesting geological features abounded from day one, when we took a hike along part of the very … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geology, hydrology, photos

A ton of 2+ year-old AGU journal articles are now open access!

All you have to do is wait two years after publication… Continue reading

Categories: geology, public science, publication