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Archives for August, 2009

I almost missed the lastest Accretionary Wedge! In my defense, I was doing work related to the Wedge’s theme – I was frantically getting ready for classes to start today, and I swore not to go through the accumulation in my RSS reader until I was ready to go. So, 13 hours after my first…

We need some new geologic metaphors

I’m already on the record as being highly amused by the use of “set in stone” to imply permanence. I find “tectonic shift” and “glacial pace” equally hilarious, given that glaciers can move faster than plates. (Fast tectonic plates move at cm per year; fast glaciers can move at miles per year.) In fact, geology…

When I was little, I was vaccinated for the things that were recommended at the time: polio, measles, German measles (rubella), diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis). I had the mumps and chicken pox when I was little, and was re-vaccinated for measles before college (because the late 60’s vaccine wasn’t effective enough, I think). My…

We’ve gotten a lot of responses to our survey about women in geoscience and blogs, and we’re going to wrap it up soon, so we’ll have time to analyze the data before the Geological Society of America meeting in October. If you haven’t participated in the survey yet and you want to, here’s the information:…

I’ve been trying to get some xeriscaping established this summer, and I’ve been very pleased with the plants that are growing. This one, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, is supposed to become a groundcover, and it’s spreading quite well. But with the flowers have come some interesting pollinating… things… that I can’t identify. The leaves in the picture…

Water expertise on Sb, now official

Anne Jefferson, a hydro-geomorpho-climate geologist at UNC-Charlotte, has officially joined Highly Allochthonous as Chris Rowan’s co-blogger. Anne’s been unofficially co-blogging there for a while, but it’s great to see her role made more official. And it’s especially great to see someone with expertise in water and surface processes on Sb. (Anne and I are also…

The August edition of Geological Society of America’s monthly online news, GSA Connection, has just been posted. There’s lots of useful news, but this one might be crucial: Sign up now if you need childcare during the Annual Meeting! If minimum attendance is not met, the program may be canceled, so please don’t delay. KiddieCorp…

Geobloggers (and tweeters) are very social, but we often exist in our own world apart from the rest of the science bloggers. Here are some opportunities to remind the rest of the science-blogging world how cool we are: 1st: ScienceOnline 2010 is a conference devoted to science on Web 2.0 and to open-access science. This…

I’ve recently taken to using the magic of the internet to give my students access to readings, assignments, and images outside of class. It’s great – if my sophomores lose their map, they can print another one. If a student misses class, there’s no excuse not to do the homework anyway. If students can’t draw…

Jim Lehane‘s comment on my last post just reminded me that it’s Accretionary Wedge time again. Jim’s hosting the geology carnival, and he’s got a back-to-school theme: So your mission is this: “What out of the box ideas do you use to teach people about geology or geological concepts?” No need to limit yourself on…