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Hot Rocks: the winning entries in Wired's geology photography contest.
posted by helloknitty (10 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
You'd definitely need at least an iron pickaxe to mine that Banded Iron Formation.
posted by Dr. Christ at 6:42 PM on April 6, 2011


Gneiss!
posted by Big_B at 6:54 PM on April 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


Thanks for this. It solved a mystery for me. I saw some of these rocks in Joshua National Park 10 years ago. They freaked me out a bit because I thought they were some kind of giant bee or ant nest. I didn't quite dare investigate too closely and I've wondered about them ever since.
posted by DarkForest at 7:05 PM on April 6, 2011


You know,
Some people take bedrock outcrops as a given, but growing up in the glaciated MW, we had to go some 30 miles to see actual bedrock, in an exposure cut down by a river to the living rock. I love to see the bones of our planet, especially the old ones....
-lcc
posted by primdehuit at 7:46 PM on April 6, 2011


I love these pics. Geology, like classical music or ancient chinese literature, is one of those nerd-hobby rabbit-holes I can see myself falling into and never emerging from. It tweaks all the right buttons: endless variety, classification and evaluation systems galore, cool and esoteric tools, and I can show off the collection to other interested nerds for nerd-points I can redeem on the internet.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:55 PM on April 6, 2011


I'm re-reading Assembling California, and although we're still in the Sierra (in the book), I'm already thinking about one of my favorite outcroppings, which is in the hills above the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes, I have favorite outcroppings. Seems like I'm in good company!
posted by rtha at 8:10 PM on April 6, 2011


rtha: "I'm re-reading Assembling California, and although we're still in the Sierra (in the book), I'm already thinking about one of my favorite outcroppings, which is in the hills above the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes, I have favorite outcroppings. Seems like I'm in good company!"

That book is sitting on my nightstand waiting longingly for me to finish the Harry Potter series, which I was recently convinced I had to read.... A month or two ago. Assembling California was recommended to me by someone who noticed I was reading Hard Road West.
posted by Big_B at 8:17 PM on April 6, 2011


When I was a freshman in high school my Earth Science class took a field trip to look for rocks that bore signs of Glacial Lake Missoula. Everyone was complaining beforehand about how boring this would be. By the end of the day almost all my classmates were enthused about what we had done, showing each other our finds, and it started an interest in geology I've carried with me.
posted by helloknitty at 8:22 PM on April 6, 2011


Big_B, I loved Hard Road West.
posted by rtha at 8:31 PM on April 6, 2011


Gneiss!

Eh, it's your loess.
posted by norm at 9:05 PM on April 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


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