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Geology in the Movies – Coarse-grained villain

March 23, 2008

Instead of talking about geologists in the movies, my contribution to The Accretionary Wedge #7 is a real quick post about my favorite geology-related villain in a movie — Sandman from Spiderman comics.


How awesome is that? This is a villain for a sedimentologist … he’s made out of particles between 0.0625 mm and 2 mm in diameter. I’m not sure what the sorting is.

I suppose the next-favorite geology-related villain would Lex Luthor as played by Gene Hackman in the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve. His whole plan was to jump-start the San Andreas Fault with some warheads. Yes!

image from here 


5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2008 4:27 am

    I have a special affinity for sand, and think it’s great that you thought of this sandy villian. A villian should, perhaps, be poorly sorted, and his particles should maybe be subangular to angular, not having been subject to enough time or the right energy domains to develop the good sorting characteristics and well-roundedness associated with the best beaches – but who knows?

    Two posts on sand in one day. Yay!

  2. March 23, 2008 5:35 am

    That, in and of itself, is all the reason I need to see Spiderman 3. (Nooot that I am behind in my movie watching or anything…)

    And I saw the original Superman for the first time in, like, ten years at least last year. I’d completely forgotten the plot, including the SAF part. When it got to that part, I nearly fell out of my chair. Gotta love those Carrizo-Plain-caving-in special effects!

  3. March 23, 2008 7:45 am

    I’d imagine Sandman is also pretty lithic-rich, or at least arkosic … definitely not a quartz arenite.

  4. March 29, 2010 2:53 am

    mung rats this is not the picture i was lookin for mungrats


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