Wednesday, February 29, 2012

AW 43, your favorite geology illustrations

In the Company of Plants and Rocks is hosting this month's Accretionary Wedge and it is all about geologic illustrations.
All types of geological illustrations qualify -- drawings, paintings, maps, charts, graphs, cross-sections, diagrams, etc., but not photographs. You might choose something because of its impact, its beauty, its humor, its clear message or perhaps because of a special role it played in your life. Let us know the reasons for your choice!

From my first geology class I have seen every form of illustration to help us imagine all that underground stuff. Some professors must have been artists in former lives with their masterpieces drawn on chalk boards (did I just date myself there?) Others, like me never graduated beyond stick drawings. Some classes showed aerial photographs while others didn't. One thing though that most geology departments had in common though were collections of wearable geological illustrations.

Now most of the classes I teach are out on the Colorado Plateau. A few years ago, the Canyonlands Natural History Association had some T-shirts designed honoring the geology of the plateau parks. I naturally grabbed some different designs including the cross section of Utah route 12. I have worn and used this garment in more than one field class. If you haven't had a chance to explore along Utah 12, I strongly suggest a trip in the near future.

T-shirts also make such great gifts for the geologist on your list. My kids who live in California bought the California has its faults shirt for a Fathers Day a few years ago.

I had the pleasure to hike across the Grand Canyon last fall. Not wanting to carry too many books, we found the classic stratigraphic column bandana. It not only was light weight and full of information but doubled as a cotton cloth to get all wet and wrap around my neck as the temperatures started to climb. I also have one for the Colorado National Monument. I teach many classes along the Colorado River near the monument and this again is a great teaching tool while on the river.

Grand Canyon Rocks, what else can I say?

An excellent resource while exploring Central Utah.
This is always a conversation starter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

steep drop offs and narrow shoulders

I really haven't been any where different and had nothing interesting to blog about. So even though this is a kind of a cheater blog post, I thought I would share one of the new signs put up last fall just south of town.

I do love living here.