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Geology in Motion: World's oldest experiment is a geological fluid dynamics experiment!

Geology in Motion: World's oldest experiment is a geological fluid dynamics experiment! | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Talk about patience:

 

"The current scientist in charge of the experiment, Professor John Mainstone of the University of Queensland in Australia, has never actually seen the pitch drop. He explains that he checks it about 5-6 times a day, but does "need some sleep"! In 1979, he missed the drop after skipping his usual Sunday campus visit, and in 1988 he missed it by 5 minutes after stepping out "to get a refreshment." The last drop, in 2000, was supposed to be captured on a film setup, but the equipment failed. The drop takes less than a tenth of a second, so even if he was present, if he blinked, he would have missed it."

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Teaching Dragon How to Talk Geology (misleading image alert)

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Not that kind of dragon!  Here, a science blogger with joint issues humorously recounts the task of tutoring her Dragon voice recognition software in speaking geologeze.

 

Sample:

 

"In the interests of not having to stop to correct the dictation during geology posts, I’m going to try to confuse it right now. Let’s throw a list of geology words at it and see what it does.

 

Fall Cano.

 

Apparently, I need to teach it how I pronounce volcano. It got it just then, though. It’s amazing how quickly voice recognition software catches on. So let’s try this again:

 

Volcano.

 

Simple. Now let’s move on to difficult words."

 

Image credit:  "Dire Dragons," by Vance Nelson

 

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One of these days...

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...I'm gonna get me one of these.

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Geology saves the day--landslide stops robbery suspect

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BROOKINGS, Ore. (AP) — Officers in southwest Oregon say a teenager who stole a taxi at knifepoint tried to get away from a deputy by heading into the country, but ran right into a landslide.
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Diaper diapir - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere

Diaper diapir - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Commenter writes, "Thank you for modelling this rather than giving us field observations."

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Can you guess what this article is about?

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Haha--sometimes the funniest things pop up in my curation box with the search terms I give scoopit.  Here's a hint before you click on the title:  it sounds like it should be about economic geology, but it isn't.

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Virus, retrovirus

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Sorry, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this. Hilarious. Courtesy of Velica and with a hat tip to Robert Yerby for drawing it to my attention.

 

Reminds me of Paleontology class, where I would surreptiously snicker over the images that sprang to mind when discussing articulate and inarticulate brachiopods--I guess the latter went extinct because they could never hold their own in a conversation.

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Twofer--doctor and geologist joke in one

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It’s the cold, not global warming, that we should be worried about

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Seriously, the Telegraph (UK) makes the point that old people in Britain are freezing to death as hidden taxes make fuel more expensive.

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Found!

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As seen on the front page of a limited edition t-shirt site--http://www.teefury.com/

 

May be gone by the time you read this.

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Evolution or intelligent design?

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Every time I see this on the side of my hotmail inbox, I have to chuckle.  I can think of nothing more intricately designed than the innards of an outwardly simple, yet inwardly complex, coded html application.

 

Blatant analogy, anyone?

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Speaks for itself...

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Gneiss Cake for a Geologist

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Now that's the kind of layering I can sink my teeth into!


Via Catherine Russell
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Glacial striations, in fact and fun - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere

Glacial striations, in fact and fun - Mountain Beltway - AGU Blogosphere | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Geojoking, further down the page.

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