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Star Wars Geology

Star Wars Geology

“There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: the American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy.” Bart Simpson in “Bart the General” (1990) Geology played a role in many past conflicts, but can war – even if only a fictional future war – play a role in geological fieldwork?

June 25, 2014 — David Bressan

Medieval Witch Hunts Influenced by Climate Change

August 3, 1562 a devastating thunderstorm hit central Europe, damaging buildings, killing animals and destroying crops and vineyards. The havoc caused by this natural disaster was so great, so unprecedented, that soon an unnatural origin for the storm was proposed.

November 3, 2014 — David Bressan
The Strange Medical Case of the Radioactive Landslide

The Strange Medical Case of the Radioactive Landslide

The landslide of Köfels (named after a small village in Tyrol) is one of the largest recognized landslides in the Alps – large enough to dam up a 92 meters (300 feet) deep prehistoric lake and divide in two the valley of Ötz.

October 16, 2014 — David Bressan
Book Review: Island on Fire

Book Review: Island on Fire

Island on Fire: The extraordinary story of Laki, the volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark By Witze, A. & Kanipe, J. PROFILE-BOOKS 224 pages | Hardcover 1st edition | April 2014 ISBN 978-178125-0044   Volcanoes are no unusual sight on Iceland and yet the eruption that started June 8, 1783 in the southern district of [...]

September 15, 2014 — David Bressan


“Swamp gas?” Mulder, F.W. in the "X-Files " (1993) Summer is traditionally Silly Season, when newspapers publish strange stories about aliens and monsters again and again to bridge holiday time - and so will July on "History of Geology" be dedicated to frivolous science stories...

July 8, 2014 — David Bressan

Journeys to the Island(s) of Monsters

After some monster science* the “History of Geology” blog will be dedicated to “travelling geologists” – the first post will introduce us to a woman who visited (and survived) the “island(s) of monsters”: (*anyway Discovery Channel makes a much better job promoting silly science) “Outside the harbour of the country, neither very near it nor [...]

August 8, 2013 — David Bressan

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. Can you believe this little piece of quartz used to be worth half an ounce of gold per carat in the 1870s? Now you can get it for a song, because we found abundant quantities of it in South Africa, and it's been abundant ever since.

July 29, 2015 — Dana Hunter
Geologizing Asses

Geologizing Asses

“Humanity’s genius is to have always had a sense of its weakness. The physical energy and strength, with which nature insufficiently endowed humans, is found in animals that help them to discover new territories.” “Home” (2009) A post dedicated to the forgotten heroes of early geology -  asses !

September 6, 2013 — David Bressan
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble… The Thunderstone

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble… The Thunderstone

“When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” “Macbeth“  Act 1, Scene 1 2. – The Thunderstone Already the Roman scholar Pliny describes them as “Idaei dactyli” (the fingers from the mountain Ida).

October 28, 2013 — David Bressan

Dana's Super-Gneiss Guide to Last-Minute Geologic Gifts

Whether your Earth science-adoring loved one has been gnaughty or gneiss this year, I've got lots of gifts on this list that they won't take for granite! These gifts were hand-selected with the last-minute shopper in mind. You don't even have to leave home to make the holidays rock!

December 13, 2015 — Dana Hunter

No Wrapping Required

No Wrapping Required

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