I realize I’ve been slacking (again) with the geology word of the week(ish)- my apologies! I’ve had an extra busy travel schedule past two months– one of the many perks of being a geologist, for those of you who might be considering the career.
I really enjoy travel, and I especially enjoy traveling for geology. First of all, it’s usually free (for me!). As a quick aside, if any of you are American taxpayers or contributors to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, I want to thank you for all of the free trips I’ve gone on thanks to your tax dollars/donations. Much appreciated. My parents think I have a scam- my dad jokingly threatens to call up the US Government/WHOI donors and complain about misuse of funds when I’m able to go on an interesting trip. He’s just jealous, I think. Secondly, I enjoy traveling for geology because it’s travel with purpose. I don’t randomly wander the globe, I go to a place with a purpose– to do a specific set of fieldwork, to attend a conference, to see a particular type of rock, and so on. Most of the time, the goal of the trip is to find a rock. Not just any rock, but a rock that I’ve deemed special for whatever reason. The hiking I do on these trips also has specific purposes: I’m trying to get to a place for a reason (cougha rockcough). When hiking for pleasure, I usually have a goal but often when I’m tired or hot or hungry, I don’t push myself to go as far as I originally planned. When I’m hiking to see a garnet peridotite, on the other hand… well, let’s just say I’ll hike all day and night if necessary. You get the point. Travel with purpose. I like it.
I am glad to- finally- have been home for a few days though after all my trips. However, tomorrow morning I leave for The Amaz!ng Meeting 8 in Las Vegas. So, I’ve got one last trip before I settle into about two months of labwork. I’m really looking forward to TAM, and I hope to see many of you there! Once I’m back from Las Vegas and settled into lab, I promise to give you (to the best of my abilities) two months worth of the Geology Word of the Week(ish) as well as some other tidbits. (Interesting Reading: Is sports betting legal in Kentucky?)
However, to keep you entertained in the meantime, let’s play a game! I’ll put some pictures and hints below, and you have to guess where I’ve been in the past two months. I will send a rock (perhaps a very small rock if you live overseas) to the first person to guess all of the places correctly. If you don’t want a rock, that’s fine. Perhaps it’s a bit of a lame prize if you’re not a geologist. Especially since there are very strict rules that you can’t sample the garnet peridotite I visited last month! Never fear, though, I have plenty of plagioclase peridotite and spinel peridotite… hmm… I think I better make peridotite one of my Geology Words of the Week(ish).
Good luck, and see you in Vegas, I hope!
“Where in the World is Evelyn the Geologist”
Trip #1: Second week of May. This should be an easy one… I visited an Earth Observatory near this:
Trip #2: Last week of May. My flight on May 24th was canceled because of a snowstorm. This awesome dinosaur statue was outside the building where I was working for the week:
Trip #3: First two weeks of June. I toured ophiolites in the mountains of two adjacent countries.
In the first country, I was very excited to drive through the town of Chur, which obviously stands for “Chondritic Uniform Reservoir.” I never realized in my isotope classes that this reservoir is actually a town here on Earth. Fascinating!
In the second country, I visited this beautiful little village… my favorite place we stayed!
Trip #4: Third week of June. I attended a conference in the beautiful convention center below:
Trip #5: Last week… I was kicked out of my apartment for a week (the landlord comes for Cape Cod vacation), so I spent a week writing a paper in the town where this famous guy was born: