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There's Always Something New to be Learned: Beavers on the Tuolumne River

I will freely cop to the fact that I am not a particularly observant person. This is quite an admission for a guy who has been blogging for ten years about geology, the science that requires skills of observation almost like no other. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: Driving Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World

Driving through the most dangerous (kind of) plate boundary in the world is actually not very easy to do. Subduction zones, with the exception of the volcanoes, are mostly deep under the sea. But Central California is a unique case,Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: I toured a marble quarry on Vancouver Island; It's almost as if they didn't want us to see the rocks.

I've been digging through the archives of Geotripper on the occasion of my tenth anniversary of geoblogging, looking for some of my favorites. In 2015 I spent a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest, resulting in several blog series, but a favorite moment was my tour of this "quarry" which some of you may recognize as something else. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geoblogging: The Toughest Fish in the World

I've spent the last two weeks going through the archives of ten years of Geotripper. I've been enjoying picking out a few bits here and there that I really enjoyed writing. One of these was the story of the toughest fish in the world, and the very surprising place where it is found. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: You can tell the world is an incredible place when these are the runners up...

This month I've been searching the archives for my favorite posts after ten years of geoblogging. The last two posts involved the ten most incredible places I've ever stood. What's striking is that as wonderful as these places are, I was quickly able to come up with ten (eleven, actually) more sites that weren't any less spectacular. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: What are the Most Incredible Places You've Ever Stood (the Final Five)?

Yesterday we looked at five of the most incredible places I've ever stood. The post had become very long, so I decided to cut it in half. What follows are the final five of the most incredible spots. We've been working our way through...Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: Where are the Most Incredible Places You've Ever Stood?

I've been dredging through the archives of ten years of Geotripping, sharing some of my favorite posts over the years. I've reached 2014, and I found this series on the most awesome places I've ever stood. Such lists of course are highly...Show More Summary

A Look at Ten Years of Geotripping: That Slope Won't be a Problem, Will it? The Wrightwood Mudflow

I'm continuing my search through the archives of ten years of geoblogging, and posting some of my favorites. I've been at Modesto Junior College for nearly thirty years, but I grew up in Southern California and I've had precious fewShow More Summary

A Look at Ten Years of Geotripping: Into the Great Unknown...Blogging About the Greatest Adventure

The Greatest Adventure...Life is funny. Experiences and events will sneak up on you, and you'll look back and say that was incredible. Sometimes you finally get a chance to see a place for the first time, and it turns out to be awesome. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: Popeye, the Ichnology Man...Dinosaur tracks on the Colorado Plateau

And then sometimes there's just the off-the-cuff stuff, the momentary inspirations that either work or they don't. This post from 2012 is what happened when I ruined my photograph by having my shadow in the way, and then saw a recognizable shape in the shot later. Show More Summary

A walk around Lake Merritt in 2100, after sea-level rise

Everybody walks around Lake Merritt. I do it all the time. But I got the wacky idea of a walk that circles the lake without “touching” it — sort of a “floor is molten lava” version — and pedestrian paths count. Here’s what that would look like. That’s a fun walk through some fine neighborhoods, […]

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: "Surely they didn't build it there?" The 2nd biggest disaster in California history

There is a part of California's history that is not celebrated. The failure that took place at St. Francis Dam on March 12, 1928 took more than 600 lives, but few people have ever heard of it. I discuss this event on the first day of...Show More Summary

Looking Back on Ten Years of Geotripping: Permission to Play...Picking Up Rocks in Central California

Andrew Alden is one of the earliest and best of the geobloggers, and he provided much of the inspiration that lead me to consider blogging in the first place. He currently blogs at Oakland Geology, and much of his earlier material can be found at ThoughtCo. Show More Summary

Looking Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: "They're, uh...They're Not a Very Exciting People, Those Geologists"

I borrowed the quote in the title from a Cracked.com article (referenced below) as a starting point to some musings about the adventures in life that are possible for people who don't happen to be astronauts or Himalayan mountain-climbers. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: Geotripper Emerges From the Apocalypse...

This week is my commemoration of ten years of geoblogging. I've been digging through the archives for some of my favorite posts of the last decade, and we've reached 2011. We had a series of epic trips that year, one with my students...Show More Summary

Geology & uranium potential of Proterozoic rocks of the Central Arizona Arch and the Tonto Basin, Arizona

We are releasing a second suite of Phil Anderson’s geologic mapping and research of Proterozoic rocks, which includes geologic mapping and geochemical sampling of the Central Arizona Arch that covers roughly 3,000 square miles in central Arizona. Study area & example of sampling. See our full blog post with links to the newly released maps at http://blog.azgs.arizona.edu/

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: The Strange Controversy over a Strange Rock

It's been ten years of posting in the geoblogosphere for Geotripper. This week I've been dredging the archives for some of my favorite posts. The summer of 2010 brought one of the stranger political controversies I've ever been involved in. Show More Summary

A Look Back at Ten Years of Geotripping: The Story Told by a Single Rock

I'm commemorating a decade of blogging by dredging the archives for some of my favorite posts. 2010 was a turbulent year. We were still in the depths of the Great Recession (at least in our area), my summer trip was cancelled for the...Show More Summary

Betsy DeVos: A Disaster for Student Civil Rights

Thanks to DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education is failing students -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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