Win a Geology Book Contest: Best Geology Pun

Cross-posted on Georneys.

A few weeks ago a publishing company contacted me (and many other geobloggers, I think) about reviewing a book by Gillian Turner called “North Pole South Pole: The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of Earth’s Magnetism.”

I was somewhat skeptical at first that a publisher would actually send me a free book (could this be some sort of scam?), but I decided to write back anyway. I do love books, especially when they are about geology. I requested two copies of the book- one for me and one to give away to my blog readers. To my delight, the two books arrived in my mailbox yesterday.

I am currently very busy in lab trying to finish up the last of my thesis data collection, so I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be able to read the book and write my review. I imagine I won’t have time to read the book until I’m on the mass spectrometer next week. However, a quick browse through the book and some online reviews makes me think this book might actually be pretty good.

Would you like to win a copy of Gillian Turner’s book? Good news- you can! Just post your favorite geology pun below or over at Georneys. Whoever posts the geology pun that makes me laugh the most will win this book. You have one week- I will select a winner on Wednesday, March 16th. As long as you don’t live in Anarctica, I’ll ship you the book shortly after that.



Evelyn is a geologist, writer, traveler, and skeptic residing in Cape Town, South Africa with frequent trips back to the US for work. She has two adorable cats; enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking; and has a very large rock collection. You can follow her on twitter @GeoEvelyn. She also writes a geology blog called Georneys.

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  1. March 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm —

    You want geology puns? Give me a minute. I’ll dig some up.

  2. March 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm —

    I met a stoner who said he once lost his apatite. I think that’s a lode of schist.

  3. March 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm —

    Excellent start. I hope many more bad geology puns are cummingtonite.

  4. March 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm —

    IANAG so I really don’t know a lode of geology puns.


  5. March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm —

    When I was in college, our geo lab had a large chunk of schist sitting around. I put a sign under it (only visible if you took it and moved it) that said, “Hey, it’s not gneiss to take a schist in the lab!”

  6. March 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm —

    but schist puns will be a dime a dozen I’m sure…

  7. March 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm —

    @mikerattlesnake: I know some things about rocks but I vishnu more schist for sure.

  8. March 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm —

    I never got into geology. Seemed too crowded, as so many geologists are out standing in the field.

  9. March 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm —

    Geology ROCKS!

  10. March 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm —

    Or the inevitable…, geologists make my bed rock.

  11. March 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm —

    It was his fault the conversation eroded. He assumed I was saying I had too much on my plate, but that wasn’t what I sediment.

  12. March 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm —

    I can’t claim this one – it’s from a t-shit I bought back in the…well… Mesozoic.

    NSFW if your boss doesn’t like cartoons of Mesozoic reptilian perversion.

    Main site with lots of great science t-shirts here:

  13. March 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm —

    If you want to have impact, donate for the crater good.

  14. March 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm —

    Chrome isn’t letting me edit for some reason…so here was another one of my favorite t-shirts.

    Actually, the whole Geology section is filled with many wonderful Geology puns.

  15. March 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm —

    We voted on which cheese to serve at the party. Debris won by a landslide.

  16. March 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm —

    Orogeny recapitulates plate tectonics.

    (Actually, I think this is backwards, but meh! I’ve already won Tim Minchin tix this month…)

  17. March 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm —

    The Earth’s crust was bland until she got a basalt shaker.

  18. March 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm —

    I’ve started calling myself an A-geologist, because I don’t believe in the divinity of Geode.

  19. March 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm —

    hehehe…. these puns are all clastics!

  20. March 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm —

    I hope limericks count because I put pen to paper and think Mary had a little lamb…

    Mary found rhombohedral crystals of calcite,
    Whose color was white as snow,
    And everywhere that Mary went the exposed calcite was sure to erode.

  21. March 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm —

    @greenstone123: Love! Did you know I work on eroding calcite (and other carbonates) for my PhD?

  22. March 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm —

    No, I didn’t know. :) Just a happy coincidence and awesome for you. Good luck!

    Now I feel good about my first post here.

  23. March 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm —

    An educational and I hope, witty limerick…

    Twinkle twinkle little Larimar,
    How I wonder what you are?
    From the mineral class pectolite,
    Luster silky, what a sight!
    Twinkle twinkle little Larimar,
    What a pretty gem you are!

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