Author Archives: Metageologist

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

Radioactivity and the earth (and moon?)

We tend to think of radioactivity as an artificial thing; some argue that the first nuclear explosions in 1945 should mark the start of a new human-dominated geological epoch called the Anthropocene. These man-made explosions have left distinctive radioactive traces … Continue reading

Categories: geochemistry, impacts

Where on Google Earth #416

I happened to recognise Brian’s picture of a section of the Richat Structure in Mauritania¬†straight away, so here I am hosting this excellent geological competition. Where on earth is this place? To find out, get to Google Earth and get … Continue reading

Categories: Where on Google Earth

Story of an atom: diamond

This is the third part of a story told to me by a Carbon atom in my brain. It started with her tale of¬†how she ended up on earth, followed by an inside view of the Carbon cycle. So like … Continue reading

Categories: diamonds, excessive anthropomorphism, imaginary conversations, subduction