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End-of-year meme

December 26, 2009

The same end-of-year meme that went around last year is back — post the first sentence from the first post of each month — I wondered if doing the same thing as last year was uninteresting but then I couldn’t think of anything else to do, so here it goes:

January 2009: This week’s Friday Field Foto is from a short research cruise on went on a few years ago just off the coast of central California.


Push core samples of deep-marine mud, offshore central California (© 2009

February 2009: I was originally inspired to propose this theme after reading the book Year Million, which is a collection of essays from scientists, technologists, futurists, etc. speculating a million years into the future (most of the essays, not surprisingly, are about the fate of the human species and our civilization).

March 2009: I am back in the States and very slowly reconnecting myself to the internet. The contrast from little to no connectivity while traveling and doing field work to full connectivity back at home is a bit overwhelming . It may take me a week or so to get back into the swing of things. To get things started, here are some photos from this recent trip. I’ve chosen photos that I think nicely portray what it is like to hike around some of these mountains.

Rio de las Chinas from Cerro Cazador (© 2009

April 2009: This week’s Friday Field Foto is a close-up view of the Keystone Thrust in southern Nevada.

Keystone Thrust contact, near Valley of Fire, southern Nevada (© 2009

May 2009: This week’s Friday Field Foto is from Kilbourne Hole in southernmost New Mexico — very close to El Paso, Texas. This was my last field trip as a student back in 2007 — see more photos from that trip here.

Cross beds from pyroclastic density currents, Kilbourne Hole maar volcano, New Mexico (© 2009

June 2009: A special volume from GSA (Geological Society of America) titled Earth Science in the Urban Ocean is now available.

July 2009: I just returned from a trip to Svalbard, which is an island group in the Arctic Ocean about 1000 km from the geographic North Pole.

Braid-delta from the air, Svalbard (© 2009 clastic detritus)

August 2009: Most of my readers know that I have a passion for submarine geomorphology (e.g., the Sea-Floor Sunday series).

September 2009: This week’s Friday Field Foto is from some Miocene sedimentary rocks exposed along the Atlantic coast of Tierra del Fuego.

Miocene sedimentary rocks, Tierra del Fuego (© 2009

October 2009: This week’s Friday Field Foto doesn’t highlight any specific sedimentary structure or relationship … I just think it’s pretty :)

Pine Spring Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains, west Texas (© 2009

November 2009: I was alerted to this image from a reader and also saw it linked to on and just had to share it.

zoomed-in view of mixing sediment plumes in Gulf of Mexico (image credit: NASA Earth Observatory -

December 2009: Earlier this year a reader sent me a photograph of some rocks they had come across asking me what I thought they were or might represent.

Have a nice holiday break and a Happy New Year!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2010 11:04 am

    Wow. Your wrapup has great photos to go along with it.

  2. January 6, 2010 4:33 pm

    Hi Brian. Regarding your April Foto contribution, I can offer a slight clarification: If it really is the Keystone Thrust, then the nearby park you are referring to is Red Rock National Monument. If you are close to the Valley of Fire State Park, then the fault is the Muddy Mountain Thrust fault located in the Buffington Pockets area. This fault might technically be the Keystone Thrust, but it is displaced to the right by the Las Vegas Valley Shear (or alternately it is not the same fault but rather is a different frontal Sevier thrust that is offset along a lateral ramp, but I digress…). Here are a couple photos of the Muddy Mountain Thrust near Colorock Quarry in the Buffington Pockets: (Andy Barth, my undergrad advisor, for scale) (this photo-pan is by Wayne Narr)

  3. January 8, 2010 11:37 am

    Eric, thanks … I’d have to look up on a map and try to remember where exactly we went. But Buffington Pockets sounds familiar.

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