Understand something of the earth beneath your feet and the landscape in front of you. These sites provide a chance to see geologic sites and also see expert interpretations.
Geology of Southern England's Jurassic Coast
- many pages with detailed strata and sometimes questions to challenge yourself
(click photos to enlarge), by Ian West of Southampton University.
I've only explored one small section, killing most of a Saturday a while back, finding many treasures such as a great labelled pic of cross-bedding, flood deposits and rhizoconcretions
, a pebble bed deposition
diagrammed photo, Triassic rhizoconcretions
(yes, root structures over 200 million years old), a radioactive nodule
, one of many, and reduction patches avoiding each other
, for starters.
That site won a prize in 2008 from the Geological Society of London, but there is a lot of good detail in some other instructors' pages:
Professor Railsback at University of Georgia has numerous outstanding resources. His main page
was down this week, but it's back and the virtual field trips (VTF main page link)
are worth a look, e.g. an impressive eroded anticline
, or how travertine cups form
(as at Yellowstone), sands of the world
with micro-images for your future geo-detective work, organized by tectonic setting, and quite a few pages giving you the chance to play detective, e.g. with an earth flow
or the Moab fault
(also a field trip). Railsback's pages were linked previously
for his for Monument Valley discussion and catalogue of building stone.
A few more websites, not all from instructors:
A field trip from Vancouver Island through BC and Alberta
to the Burgess Shale and Rocky Mountains to Dinosaur Park among others, by Steve Earles at Vancouver Island University.
First-responder's view of massive and extensive recent earth and debris flow
at Meager Creek, BC - flickr set:
More than meager details
to understand what you're looking at.
Another worthwhile one, an introduction and virtual field trip to the Permian Reef Complex
, Guadalupe and Delaware Mountains, New Mexico-West Texas.
Rocks of central New York State
, pics start on second page.
And how the Grand Canyon
Geology of Dinosaur National Monument
in case you need to know where the continents were at different periods.
And just a rich bonus to get started with geology in Google Earth, San Diego State University KML Geology
And now I'd better go study for my geomorphology exam. (Not that I was supposed to study from any of these.)