06 June, 2011

Accretionary Wedge #34: Encore

So I post the Accretionary Wedge #34, pack up the tents and roll the carnival out of town, and what happens?  People who should've been part of the show turn up.  Seems we'll have to roll back in, then, because these acts shouldn't be missed!

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Due to Twitter not notifying me of a critical message, Anne Jefferson's brilliant "Bacteria in the sky, making it rain, snow, and hail" got left at the side of the road. And that's bad, because it's headspinningly weird! Biology contributes to hydrology which is part of geology contributes to biology and around and around we go!  The remarkable interconnectedness of all these things - life, water and rocks - can make dizzy.  Kinda feeling like I've been standing in the center of a really fast merry-go-round now...

Speaking of standing in the center of things that make you feel funny, Helena's Weird AND Scenic scenery at Craters of the Moon will leave your head spinning happily.  What's weirder than a landscape that looks like "black vomit" and is so heavy that it's sunk a 100km region right down?  Rafting volcanoes, dragon skin, a maclargehuge rift - that's weird and no mistake!

While we're on the subject of craters....  My Intrepid Companion likes to pretend he's got nothing to say about geology, but he does.  And he seems to think a maclargehuge hole in the ground caused by a meteor isn't weird, but when you think about how rare it is to find one this perfectly preserved on Earth, what with all our various agents of erosion, it totally is.  So, go feast your eyes on what happens when outer space geology smacks in to Earth geology.

Garry Hayes at Geotripper rather made my jaw drop with this one: Weird Geology: Accretionary Wedge #34...Our Human Nightmares.  Because I hadn't put geology and pareidolia together before, but he did, and it's fascinating.  Beautiful.  And just a little deliciously scary.

So you see, my darlings, why this carnival had to roll back in to town.  The world is far more weird (and wonderful) than we'd revealed in our original installment.  And over this next year, keep your eyes open for odd, outrageous, and ooo-inducing geology, because we've not yet exhausted this topic, and you could run away and join the weird geology carnival next summer.

1 comment:

Helena Mallonee said...

Thanks for such a fun topic! This became the basis for one of my ranger talks, so also thanks for the great inspiration! :D