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
Understanding time is something that geoscientists are just great at doing. But we get a little sick of people not understanding the boundaries of fantasy and reality….so here it is! And you can get it on a T shirt here.
Most people believe that one of the major hazards of volcanoes are lava flows. They are surprised to find out that almost no one has ever been killed during an eruption by lava flows – and that sadly most
Mapping lava flows using satellite images is a wonderful activity that you can do in your classroom. In some locations, the color of the flows due to the weathering of the lava and the amount of revegetation can be