Tag Archives: geotourism

Geoscientists Are Descending on Vancouver

Vancouver is drawing geoscientists into its grasp this October with the arrival of the Geological Society of America meeting. If you’re coming to the science-party, here’s a few ideas on how to spend your time outside the conference: Geo Tweet-up! … Continue reading

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Accretionary Wedge: Guidebooks Galore!

For the August 2013 Accretionary Wedge #59, I asked anyone who reads geology guides, goes on geotourism adventures, or collects fieldtrips to review their books for the good, the bad, and the downright handy. Hollis Marriott of In the Company … Continue reading

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Permanent Guide

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I’m getting a bit carried away with the July Accretionary Wedge on geologic and geographic signs. When visiting tourist attractions, I take photographs of the signs to identify where the subsequent photos are from, and to capture the popularly-accepted geologic … Continue reading

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Vancouver for Visitors

I know we have a huge number of scientists in town this weekend for AAAS 2012. If any of you visitors want to check out some local geoscience, here’s an introduction: Geological Context Fire and Ice are the local theme: … Continue reading

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Volcanism on the Sea-to-Sky Highway

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The Sea-to-Sky between Vancouver and Whistler showcases some gorgeous geology. Volcanics cut into fjords by glaciers lead to epic landslide hazards (and equally epic mitigation measures), but north of Squamish the terrain is a bit less harsh and the lava … Continue reading

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Geotourism: Lighthouse Park, BC

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Lighthouse Park is located in West Vancouver, BC, accessible by the #250 bus route. The shoreline is primarily quartz diorite, the exposed roots of long-eroded volcanoes from this subduction zone’s violently volcanic past. The granite is cut with (much younger) … Continue reading

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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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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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