Author Archives: Chris Rowan

No. Whatever it is this time, it really can’t predict earthquakes.

One of the courses I’m teaching each semester here in Kent is called ‘Earth Dynamics’: an introductory-level geology course aimed at the broader undergraduate population. With that in mind, I try to identify and highlight areas where the topic at … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, ranting, society, teaching

4 weekends in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

We may have been a bit remiss in sharing it with the Internet, but we’ve been enjoying our weekends here in Ohio, as late summer has faded into autumn (or Fall, which even Chris admits is a nicely evocative name). … Continue reading

Categories: photos, ranting

Talking ANDRILL

The Antarctic Geological Drilling Project – ANDRILL – is an ambitious program of drilling down to the sediments deposited around Antarctica in the past few tens of millions of years, to unravel the history of the Antarctic ice sheets: how … Continue reading

Categories: Cenozoic, climate science, past worlds

What the kids are interested in these days

One of the courses I teach at Kent is an introductory geology course called ‘Earth Dynamics’. In my first lecture of term last week, I gave my new class a brief survey to get an idea of their previous exposure … Continue reading

Categories: academic life, teaching

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