About the author

Why metageologist? Well, firstly I don’t use meta in the sense of ‘beyond’, which is how some of my Arts educated friends interpreted it. I have no pretensions to transcend or transform geology. Instead I’m referring to the geological usage such as ‘metagabbro’, which refers to something that used to be gabbro but has been changed (by metamorphism) into something else. Appropriately for a blog, I’m talking about myself – once a geologist and now something else.

Here I (mostly) stick to Geology, drawing on my post-grad level education and experience as a publishing academic. I hope the fact I am a metamorphosed geologist lets me bring a different perspective on things too.

My aim is to educate, inform and sometimes amuse. I won’t be topical, I will be eclectic. Also I’m from England, so I will spell things funny and I will say things I don’t really mean for comic effect.

If you enjoy reading my posts, and get even a fraction of the enjoyment I get from writing them I’ll be a happy blogger.

If you want information on new posts, you can follow me on twitter @metageologist or you can join the select band following me on Facebook.

Finally a quick word of thanks to Chris Rowan and Anne Jefferson for making me so welcome here at all-geo.org. After a few years it feels just like home.


Comments (5)

  1. Welcome! We’re so glad you’ve graduated to your own blog!

  2. Dan McShane says:

    Very nice to have you posting. My initial work as a geologist was all metamorphism and now I am mostly doing dirt as a geomorphologist.

  3. Passerby says:

    At you original blog website, you posted on UK Chalk. Towards the end, you asked why there aren’t (more) significant chalk formations in the US.

    The US does have large chalk formations, as noted within the 4 comments to that blog post. This ancient global map, posted on Ian West’s Geology of Dorset webpage, yields the answer. Another may be found by Google searching on Kansas chalk. Most of the surface outcroppings have been eroded away. The chalk originated from ancient inland seas the bisected the main US craton (a fascinating topic in its own right), and it explains why large limestone formations can be found in the southern and central Great Plains areas.


  4. Jules Bradbury says:

    By chance, I came across your writing – as rich and complex as the diverse geology underlying the British landscape. Something in the way you write brings some presence of the place; the weight, the forces, the climate. Deeply physical; in a different way than MacFarlane. And with more humour ! Hugely enjoyable.

  5. Yvette Worrall says:

    Part way through introducing a group of 12 year olds in a Waldorf/Steiner school in /South Africa to the wonders of the mineral world, I have just come across your writings. Doing this block for the third time in 9 years, I find myself evermore enthralled.This time the subject has coincided with the death of a teacher who first inspired me with this. He too would have appreciated both your awe and wonder at the beauty and mystery of the processes and their results – and shared the humour! (note the give-away English ‘u’ in that word). I look forward to many musings and browsings. Thank you for having ‘met’ a geologist….

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