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Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Landing Place of the Thunderbird and the Grimy One, the Volcanoes of British Columbia

Nch'kay (Mt. Garibaldi) near Squamish, B.C. Photo by Mrs. Geotripper t'ak't'ak mu'yin tl'a in7in'a'xe7en and Nch'kay ("Landing Place of the Thunderbird" and "Grimy One") are the Squamish names for two of the most striking volcanoes in British Columbia. Show More Summary

Historical Society seeks curator with geology expertise for Tempe museum

The Arizona Historical Society is seeking to fill a Museum Curator 2 posting for the Natural History Collection in Tempe. The posting is listed in the official website for the State of Arizona government jobs. Anyone interested in viewing/applying...Show More Summary

Cloud iridescence in Central California

I was out and about running errands in the late afternoon yesterday when I glanced at the sky, which was full of high-altitude clouds. The small opening in the clouds (just left of center) caught my eye because there were some colors visible. Show More Summary

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Exploring North America's Southernmost Fjord

One of the nice things about vagabonding, traveling without a set itinerary, is that one can make allowances for weather. That's a major consideration with a journey through the Pacific Northwest. We stayed an extra day on VancouverShow More Summary

1175 Hill, an Oakland local hero

When I was writing for, I started a photo gallery of peaks. My philosophy was that there are lots of mountains besides the famous ones, like Mount Diablo, that are local heroes. Even a minor eminence can be the center of a neighborhood, and a hillock the heart of one kid’s fantasy world. I […]

Hanson Scott Award for Outstanding Leadership

I was surprised and honored to receive the Hanson Scott Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Western Regional Partnership at its annual Principals' Meeting in Reno last week.The award is named for former Brigadier General Hanson...Show More Summary

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Stone Rings, Glaciers, and "Dinosaurs" on the Coast of the Salish Sea

We've got a mixed bag on this post...Our vagabonding trip along the Cascadia Subduction Zone involved a desire to spend most nights camping, but we now we had reached Canada, our gear was all wet, and we were in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Victoria. Show More Summary

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: The Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

As we reached Port Angeles and boarded the ferry to Vancouver Island on our vagabonding journey along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the landscape underwent a dramatic change. For one, a bunch of it was underwater, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, the Puget Sound, bodies of water collectively known as the Salish Sea. Show More Summary

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: The Diverse Landscapes of Olympic National Park

We continued north and east from the Hoh Rainforest on our vagabonding journey through the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Mountains have been raised along the entire convergent boundary, but the ranges on the Olympic Peninsula are in a class by themselves. Show More Summary

I Wish I Had Thought of This...

Source: Scienze Geologiche I immediately fell in love with this mapping concept from Scienze Geologiche that I saw on Facebook this morning. All I can say is "Bravo". I pay homage to a brilliant idea with my own offering on the Western United States according to Geologists. It lacks beer. Sorry! California needs a map all its own, though.

Tying the cost of flood insurance to the level of risk

Two new reports from the National Research Council look at the issue of tying the cost of flood insurance to the level of risk associated with the structures being insured.It turns out about 1/5 of the 5.5 million policies issued under the National Flood Insurance Program are below the base flood elevation and thus have higher risks. Show More Summary

Bio-mediated geotechnics center established at ASU

Arizona State University says they were awarded its second Engineering Research Center from the National Science Foundation, making it one of only two universities in the nation to lead two of the prestigious centers.NSF announced that...Show More Summary

Gold King mine waste water heading to Lake Powell

Officials in New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona are analyzing the potential impacts of 3 million gallons of waste water from the abandoned Gold King mine in Colorado [right, credit US EPA], as it moves down the Los Animas River to the San Juan River and eventually to the Colorado River and Lake Powell. Show More Summary

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Into the Rainforest, Seeing Something Strange...Rain

So, after a Dismal day of Disappointment, the vagabonders hit the road, going north onto the Olympic Peninsula. It was my first time on the west side of the peninsula, and my first foray into the Hoh Rainforest of Olympic National Park. Show More Summary

Survivor trees

I’ve been poking around Oakland’s edges lately. In southernmost East Oakland there’s not a lot of geologic history, but there are some big old trees, survivors of optimistic times, plus nice views of the hills and sky. This is one of our largest and oldest jacarandas, on 92nd Avenue. (There’s a comparable one on Pippin […]

Bouldgers and mud close US891A north of Grand Canyon

The Arizona Dept. of Transportation warned drivers that US 89A is closed Monday morning north of the Grand Canyon as crews work to remove mud and boulders from the road following heavy rain on Sunday. [photo credit, AZ Dept of Public Safety]The closure is in place from five miles west of Marble Canyon (milepost 545) to Jacob Lake (milepost 579). Show More Summary

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Putting on a Happy Face at Dismal Nitch and Cape Disappointment

Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment. Yes, the cliffs are basaltic like those in Hawaii, but the spot was named for a Hawaiian sailor who lost his life here in a shipwreck (one of many). How does a place get a name? Cape Disappointment and especially Dismal Nitch seem to just scream to tourists to "please visit us". Show More Summary

Flood warning for Havasu Canyon campgrounds

The National Weather Service is warning that heavy rains are expected to cause flooding on Havasu Creek and flood campsites and foot bridges. This time of year there can be hundreds of campers in the campgrounds in the scenic canyon on the Havasu Reservation just south of the Grand Canyon. Show More Summary

New Director at Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality

Henry Darwin, Director of the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality, is taking the job as Chief of Operations for Gov. Doug Ducey, replacing Ted Vogt, who is returning to the private sector.ADEQ Deputy Director Misael Cabrera [right,...Show More Summary

The New Tuolumne River Trail is Coming!

In one sense, this is a local story, about a trail that I can walk to from my house. On the other, it is of interest to anyone who travels into the region, on their way to Yosemite and other more famous tourist destinations in the central Sierra Nevada. Show More Summary

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