AntiM wrote:I agree, not boring at all.
I was interested enough to learn the basics of geology, and my parents would stop when we we diving across country to read roadside markers. Fascinating to a kid lie me. I still have random rocks tucked away around the house, including some with fossils which MyLarry picked up on UP land. The railroad just churns up all kinds of interesting things. Utah is an interesting place physically.
Thank you, AntiM and aserendipity. Hats off to you, magicmarty, for raising a daughter the right way (stimulating her interest and ambition into a worthwhile career).
Hearing your interests, AntiM, lets me know that the geology bug has bit you too. If it takes hold, the fascination lasts a lifetime.
I'm an engineering geologist by trade, but have published in other areas as well - granite geochemistry, Ordovician stratigraphy, and meteorite impact craters. We have all three in Missouri, so I guess overall I'm just a Missouri geologist. But that's gone by the wayside now, too, since I've published a paper on the Sioux Quartzite of Minnesota. The point of it is that when the fascination hits you, and something bothers you, you investigate it, and hopefully learn something new.
My working mottoes are:
Investigate by choice, AND Veni, vidi, pertudi. (We came, we saw, we drilled.)
Discover by chance,
GEOLOGIZE by profession
I'm still working on a playa dust paper that I've been working on for three years now, investigating some of the backwaters of dust science, aeolian sediments, geochemistry, and mineralogy. One of the last papers I cross-referenced was one from the Persian Gulf (they have playas there, too, only they call them sabkhas). Two Iranians set up a bunch of graduated cylinders around the Persian Gulf and measured the amount, timing the amounts of windborne silt particles thrown around and found out that most of the movement is across the Gulf from Saudi Arabia to Iran. Rates of up to 2 millimeters a day of silt are deposited. We've had that and more on the Black Rock playa. I measured it on top of my truck hood in '08 when we had the dust storms during 'American Dream'.
My new fascinations are rare earths in southeast Missouri and the effect geology had on battle outcomes in the Civil War. Wierd? Yep. Fun? Absolutely.