Author Archives: Chris Rowan

Scenic Saturday: our stripy oceans, explained 50 years ago today!

A slightly different Scenic Saturday this weekend, as we celebrate an important milestone in geological science: a look at the South Pacific through a geophysical lens. The colours on this map show fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field produced by … Continue reading

Categories: geology, palaeomagic, tectonics

Scenic Saturday: a ravishing roadcut

In the coming semester, I’m teaching a Tectonics and Orogeny course, which will include a field trip to the Appalachians to check out the closest accessible example of tectonics and orogeny look like up close. A successful field trip comes … Continue reading

Categories: outcrops

Is your child experimenting with…geology?

Or: why should palaeontologists get all the subversive fun Continue reading

Categories: geology

The pulse of the Earth’s surface

On the Earth, matter is always in motion. We all learn about the water cycle at school – the fact that, thanks to energy from the sun, and the Earth’s surface being in a temperature range where water can exist … Continue reading

Categories: geology, links

A land of basalt and chalk

We’ve just spent a great week exploring Ireland, which included very sunny days on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. Anne sometimes teases me for picking holiday itineraries based more on the the prevailing geology more than the prevailing weather, … Continue reading

Categories: outcrops, photos, rocks & minerals, structures, volcanoes