Saturday, March 21, 2009

Geological Destinations - Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats

Geological Destinations
The Bonneville Salt Flats

I like to highlight some of the Geological Destinations that can be found across the country not specifically within a National Park.

Entrance to the park

Using my GPS to find where we are

The Great Salt Lick

Literally in the middle of nowhere, from behind

Literally in the middle of nowhere, from the right side

Literally in the middle of nowhere, from the left side

And literally in the middle of nowhere, from the front

Forgot my rock hammer to get a sample so I had to use a tire iron to no success.

The great Salt Lake Metaphor Tree, I don't know.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm Going to be a DOCTOR!!!!!!!

I just wanted it to be posted that I got into Grad school today at the University of Utah. I'm not sure what program I am going to be studying yet but it will likely be related to paleontology, just not vertebrate paleontology directly. Which I am actually happy about because as I have talked with people I have found out it would definitely be better to have a broader background when applying to jobs and since I wish to be a college professor at a small college one day, they are likely not going to want someone entrenched in Vert Paleo.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Geology in Pop Culture - Happy St Patrick's Day

Geology in Pop Culture

Since I am mostly Irish I figured I would provide a link to the the Yahoo! article explaining some of the Irish myths surrounding St Patrick's Day.

There is one that says that St Patrick was not born in Ireland, which I thought was common knowledge.

But an interesting thing that makes sense, although I never thought of it, was that St Patrick never drove the snakes out of Ireland. They were never there in the first place. Evolutionarily speaking this makes perfect sense, but again I had never thought of it before. The other stuff is pretty interesting as well and you should take a gander at it.