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What makes a view great?

We all know of places we love because we can look out on a wonderful view. But what makes a view special? Sometimes views make great photos – they have combinations of colours, textures and composition that really work. Really … Continue reading

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The geology of children’s TV

Once my wife and I visited many art galleries and I developed a rule of thumb – the quality of an artist can be assessed by the way they paint rock. If a figurative artist has put an outcrop in … Continue reading

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When continents rotate

The earth’s surface is not fixed. Oceans come and go and continents are constantly moving, breaking up and reforming like blobs of oil on the surface of a stock-pot. Since tectonic plates are not flat (they collectively form the surface … Continue reading

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Awe in the Arctic

Last Monday night I found myself standing in the dark, on a frozen beach wearing a padded onesie and a furry hat. This is not how I usually spend my Monday nights, to say the least. It was in fact … Continue reading

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