Category Archives: outcrops

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: 101 Geo-sites

Following the lead set by Callan Bentley, the list of “101 American Geo-sites you’ve gotta see” (as published in a new book by Albert Dickas) has been circulating the geoblogosphere. While it seems a bit exclusionary to our non-USian geo-colleagues, … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, outcrops, photos

Scenic Saturday: a pilgrimage back to the grand granitic tors of Dartmoor

The high and rugged scenery of Dartmoor is as wild and untamed a landscape as you’re likely to find in the United Kingdom, and would seem to have more in common with the Scottish Highlands than the prim and proper … Continue reading

Categories: geomorphology, outcrops, Palaeozoic, photos, rocks & minerals

Scenic Saturday: from desert to verdant grassland in 10 miles (and 1000 m)

Why large climatic contrasts occur over short distances on Hawaii – and why this is scientifically important. Continue reading

Categories: geomorphology, outcrops, photos, volcanoes

Scenic Sunday: a hike across Hawaiian lava

Fortunately, the schedule for my recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii included a couple of days of field excursions – I think the conference organisers realised that they would happen regardless, so they decided to make them official … Continue reading

Categories: outcrops, photos, volcanoes