Author Archives: Metageologist

Deep time and dead things in the wall

Here in Cadiz, I’m surrounded by death and I don’t mind at all. It’s the geologist in me thinking this – in every other way this is a lovely life-affirming holiday. It’s just that every surface seems to be filled … Continue reading

Categories: sediments

Winds of change

There’s a fabulous new site that shows wind patterns - it gives you a whole new perspective on the globe. One of the most striking things is the regular patterns across the oceans. Until quite recently long-distance travel was dependent on … Continue reading

Categories: History, not geology

New Scottish Oil field discovered (470 million years too late)

Scottish oil is topical. Most of Britain’s oil and gas deposits sit under the seabed around Scotland but the revenues are shared with the whole of the United Kingdom.  If Scotland decides to become an independent state (there’s a vote … Continue reading

Categories: Scotland, sediments

Getting a nose for folds

Folds are found everywhere layers are. Folds are the natural consequence of pushing a rug, cooking lasagna or deforming sedimentary or metamorphic rocks. Sniffing out folds, ‘getting a nose for them’, is part of any geologist’s training. Here’s a Google … Continue reading

Categories: England, tectonics