Category Archives: geology

Scenic Saturday: a good place to map

As part of Earth Science Week, yesterday was geologic map day – a celebration of the importance of maps in geology. This had me waxing nostalgic about the weeks I spent teaching mapping in the Cantabrians of northwest Spain, before … Continue reading

Categories: fieldwork, geology, photos

Does Siccar Point need saving?

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Categories: environment, geology, outcrops, society

Hotspot volcanism on Hawaii: textbook vs reality

Just like an iceberg, the parts of the Hawaiian Islands that you see above the ocean surface are dwarfed in volume by the stuff below the waves. For a start, any volcano that forms in the middle of the Pacific … Continue reading

Categories: geology, outcrops, photos, tectonics, volcanoes

Scenic Saturday: seeing geology everywhere

One of the gifts of a geological education (or one of the curses, if you are one of our long-suffering friends) is that our habit of looking for patterns in the landscape – the evidence of past worlds preserved in … Continue reading

Categories: geology, geomorphology, photos

Drawing sharp boundaries in a fuzzy world

Humans are natural splitters. We have an innate tendency to look at the world and mentally sort everything into different categories, and grades, and entities: this is one thing, that is another; it was this, now it’s that. Our perception … Continue reading

Categories: general science, geology