Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Czech Geological Survey

The outreach branch of the Czech Geological Survey (English version) impresses me enough that I should write them fan mail. I popped in more out of casual curiosity than any expectation to find a scientific office engaged in serious outreach, … Continue reading

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U-shaped Hanging Valley near Spiez, Switzerland

A U-shaped hanging valley photographed on the train between Spiez and Interlaken, Switzerland. This is the classic shape of a glacier-cut valley (as opposed to V-shaped valleys, cut by rivers, or Y-shaped, cut by rivers, uplifted, and cut again). The … Continue reading

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GPDRR 2011: Wednesday

I once again spent most of the day loitering around the IGNITE stage, although I did duck over into the building next door for the roundtable on the relationship between science and practice. My highlights: FREEMAN System FREEMAN is the … Continue reading

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GPDRR 2011: Tuesday

The official highlights page (videos) for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference in Geneva covers almost none of the material I scribbled in my notebook. From the IGNITE stage, my go-to destination when I’m between events, I had … Continue reading

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London, United Kingdom

Enough people have done geotourism posts for London, and taken enough photos, that I really have nothing to add beyond the resources I found most entertaining: British Geological Society resources Guide to the Geology of London and the neighbourhood via … Continue reading

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Geotourism: Bulgaria

After a brief visit in Bulgaria that involved a bit of incidental geotourism, I have a few thoughts on further geoscience-themed excursions in the country. It’s excellent for geologists in that beer is cheaper than water, the long history leads … Continue reading

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Sofia, Bulgaria

The difficulty of doing geotourism in Bulgaria is that most research resources are written in Bulgarian, which I do not speak. Therefore, the science content is going to be a bit thin. Geology of Building Stones It’s a frequent tease … Continue reading

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Belogradchik, Bulgaria

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Belogradchik is a UNESCO and European Geopark in northwestern Bulgaria. The same region contains the Magura and Kozarnika caves. Geologic Context In the early to middle Triassic, the region was an subarid upland, flooded by a sea during the middle … Continue reading

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Ice Crystals at Sunset

My flight was mostly over clouds, and mostly during a perpetual sunset, so I did very little airplane geomorphology. Instead, I spent hours mesmerized by the stretching and bending of light by the atmosphere (with a brilliantly red sunset) and … Continue reading

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Geoscience at YVR: International Departures terminal

The Vancouver airport international departures terminal between Gates 60 to 70 features more relaxing-for-an-airport geoscience than any other airport I’ve visited. A 60 m freshwater river terminates at the base of a 114,000 L saltwater aquarium of approximately 850 sea … Continue reading

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