What are the essential pieces of field gear for a geologist – or in fact any geology enthusiast? What things should you have to explore the geology, look for minerals and get the most out of your field time?
Olivine is one of the simplest silicate minerals that can be found in igneous rocks on our planet. All the silicate minerals are made from the basic silicate mineral building block called the ‘silicon tetrahedron’ which is one silicon atom
So you have been successful in having your topic selected as one of the conference posters. Good job! Presenting a poster at a scientific conference is a real art. You want to be able to attract the eye of people
While high school students are taught about chemistry using simple examples of inorganic and organic substances, very few are exposed to the chemistry of the most abundant group of chemicals on Earth- the silicate group of minerals. Silicate minerals can
Too often scientists ignore talking to the public. They would rather spend all their “communication” time and energy talking about their science to their peers. They meet in hallowed halls and conference centers to communicate their science to their own.
A geological hammer is often seen as an essential part of any field geologists equipment. Often called rock picks or geopicks, the geological hammer is also a symbol of our profession. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like to
Cinder cones are volcanic features that are found at volcanic sites where there has been some form of fountaining activity. Fire Fountains are where lava has been ejected during an eruption up into the air where it cools and falls to the ground
If you are a geoscientist you are going to need field boots. Even if you are being a “geoscientist” just for a few days, then owning a set of field boots is still going to be on your list of
Taking solid field notes is a skill that many students are not taught. The days of a geologist’s life recorded in a well-worn, dusty but interesting book full of diagrams, maps and descriptions are all but gone. This task has
Mica has been used for many purposes over time and even in my short lifetime I have seen it in toasters, light fittings and as windows in coal-fired heaters. But what is this amazing mineral? Mica is a