Category Archives: History

Man-made metamorphic rocks

There’s a cup of tea next to me, steaming gently. I’ve already written about the history of the drink, how a Chinese herb ended up defining Englishness and having the power to create riots in Ireland. But what of the cup? It’s a posh one … Continue reading

Categories: Getting under the surface, History, metamorphism

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

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

What’s in a (geological) name?

The Earth Sciences are often about bringing order to the wonderful overflowing complexity of the natural world. The geological way of doing this is often to classify.  A hill-side of rocks, often a bewildering mess to an amateur (or first … Continue reading

Categories: History