Author Archives: Metageologist

Traces of glacial ice and water

There’s an immediacy to the study of the Quaternary (the last few million years) that is rather seductive. Most geology is (after John McPhee) studying ‘the former world’ but the Quaternary is close enough in time that it is still … Continue reading

Categories: England, Glacial, landscape, Scotland

Andalucia: a history of stuff

Andalucia is a province in Spain, at the far south west of Europe. Its long and varied human history has seen it linked to the middle East, north Africa and the Americas. The creation of these links brought new foods, … Continue reading

Categories: History, mountains, subduction, tectonics

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 patternsĀ – 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