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Castles, Kings and Ice: A Whirlwind Tour of Latvian Geology

Our own RQ tormented me a little bit this summer. She kept sending nifty tidbits of geology from her summer excursions in Latvia. And she's got lots! By popular demand*, we're going to have a super-swift overview of Latvian geologic yumminess, with the promise of more where that comes from...

October 15, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Darwin's Encounter with a Chilean Earthquake

Last week, Chile suffered a massive magnitude 8.3 earthquake. You can read the USGS's summary here, and an overview of the science behind it here. Thanks to excellent earthquake preparedness, even a quake that massive followed by a fifteen-foot tsunami, while dealing quite a bit of damage, had a surprisingly low human toll...

September 23, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Is the West Coast Toast? Let's Talk Cascadia!

Where I go all white-knuckle and stark terror is on Seattle’s few double-decker roads. Whenever I have to take the southbound I-5 express lanes, I’m staring up at the freeway above, and out toward the Cascadia subduction zone off the coast, and begging it to please oh please not choose this particular instant to rip...

August 5, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Tiger's Eye: A Deceptive Delight

Heyo, it's International Tiger Day! Yeah, I know, we don't do biology around here, but that's okay - I've got just the rock for the occasion: A raw bit of Tiger's Eye! I'll bet you've seen this polished...

July 29, 2015 — Dana Hunter

A Disaster, or an Opportunity

Recently, there was an all-day party at the new homestead, which featured Don Ehlen's outstanding collection of gorgeous and fascinating insects. I want to relate something Don said as we talked science, the universe, and everything...

July 23, 2015 — Dana Hunter

I Brought Ye Some Baker

Ya'll can thank B for your Baker photos today, because he's the one who said, "Let's do it." See, when we got up Friday morning, the cloud cover was thick and low. Weather.com promised me partly sunny skies at Mount Baker, but I hadn't any faith, especially not with the Cascade foothills covered in clouds...

July 22, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Drool-Worthy Geology at Whatcom Falls Park

Sometimes, having your plans fall through is the best possible thing. B and I headed up to Mount Baker yesterday to get you all some lovely volcano photos. Alas, the haze in the air was so thick you couldn't see across a lake, so voluptuous volcanic vistas were not in the cards...

July 21, 2015 — Dana Hunter

The Awesome Power of Lava: Watch Metal Burn!

Remember when we poked some gentle fun at Hollywood and 'splained that most lava flows are so slow that you can outwalk them? I wish I'd known about this video back then, because it shows how even pahoehoe flows - you know, that thin, runny stuff - are often so ridiculously slow that an elderly sloth could escape their wrath...

July 19, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Seward Park: A Scientific Wonderland in Seattle

Seattle's not only a lovely city, it's got gorgeous parks and some bonza geology tucked away just about everywhere. Reader Galway asked for interesting places to take kids around here, so this summer, I'll be writing up some of my favorite places for you...

July 9, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Bad News for Hollywood

So, you know those disaster movies where volcanoes explode like Mount St. Helens, but also spew fountains of really runny lava like Kilauea on laxatives? I have really bad news for them, courtesy of Edward Wolfe and Thomas Pierson in Volcanic-Hazard Zonation for Mount St...

June 29, 2015 — Dana Hunter

How I Wish I'd Known It Was Erupting at the Time...

Now, a lot of you lately have been not-so-subtly nudging at me to get a book out about Mount Saint Helens. So I have created a not-so-subtle meme for you. You can download it, print it and hang it up in a prominent place...

June 24, 2015 — Dana Hunter
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