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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mineral Monday: Bismuth By Request

By popular request (ok, by Rose’s request,) today’s Mineral Monday is bismuth! Bismuth is element number 83 on the periodic table, and there are so many weird facts about it, I really have no idea where to start. No, that’s a lie, I do. Let’s begin with a French chemist named Claude François Geoffroy. Geoffroy, who […]

Field Day Friday: Mammoth Cave

It’s been one of those weeks. One of those terrible, awful weeks that everyone just wants to be over and done with. One of those weeks where yes, thank you, I really would prefer to go hide in a cave somewhere rather than stay compulsively glued to the news. This week, my daydream rock-related getaway […]

Thursday Treasures: Ancient Coins at the MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is a treasure in and of itself. It is stunningly beautiful, and absolutely packed with some of the most incredible examples of art, from pre-history to the modern era. They have a new gallery of ancient coins which is apparently “the only permanent exhibition space for ancient coins in […]

Barchans on Mars

  Sand dunes are basically mobile piles of millions of tiny bits of rock, sculpted by the wind into fantastic shapes. One of the coolest shapes is today’s weekly geology word, barchan. The Encyclopedia Britannica has the following definition: barchan: also spelled Barkhan,  crescent-shaped sand dune produced by the action of wind predominately from one direction. One of […]

Another Earthquake in Iran, 600-year-old Murder Mystery, and Armor Piercing Cannonballs

  A Scottish Crannog Photo Credit, MB Griggs Today, the news is rightfully dominated by the marathon bombings in Boston, but while we’re mourning, reading about news in other parts of the world might be a helpful distraction. Here’s your weekly round-up of rock-related news.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download Geology For the second […]