Monday, November 26, 2007

Where on Google Earth #74

Since I found Ron's Star Dunes here is the next Where on Google Earth Challenge #74.

We've been a little desert heavy in WoGE, but I just couldn't help myself. Let's just say I was inspired by March of the Penguins... No, it's not Antarctica. If the person who solves this can't explain, I'll be sure to post about it. I've been a little light on posts lately anyway.

Again, the Schott Rule is in effect. Good luck everyone. Remember to try and explain something about the geology and/or how you found it.

(I am not sure how to create a .kmz file for the last WOGE #73, but if I figure it out I will add the file.)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Judgement Day...

Last week we had a Judgement Day party for PBS's release of Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial. We had a potluck meal before the show, plenty of beer during, and then a lively discussion afterwards.
But, now everyone can watch it online. Just go here and it is broken up into twelve chapters.
Oh, and if you haven't read the Judge Jones' decision, it is worthwhile.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Best invention?

Time Magazine has listed what they think are the best inventions of the year. In particular, this one bothered me. The idea is to inject the microbe Bacillus pasteurii, urea, and calcium into the ground in order to precipitate calcite. But, they want to use this technique to solidify sandy soil for earthquake hazard mitigation by turning sandy soil into sandstone.
I just don't see this as a reasonable hazard mitigation strategy. Why not better buildings? Better zoning? What do you think?,28804,1677329_1678027_1677996,00.html