Author Archives: Metageologist

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

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