Interpreting the Earth

Practical and philosophical ways earth scientists interpret ancient environments, climates, oceans, volcanoes, fossils, earth events


How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments #1. Getting started

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments #2. Ruffles and Desiccation

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments #3. A Philosophical Interlude

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments #4. Someone passed by this way – Tracks, trails, impressions and foot prints

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments #5. Sand to Stone = Sandstone; A remarkable Transformation

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments #6. When Time Goes Missing

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environment. #7 Budget Surpluses and Budget Deficits

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environments.  #8 A Forty Million Year Old Fossil Forest

How Geologists Interpret Ancient Environment, #9. The Oil Kitchen Rules

Marrying Fossils, Isotopes and Geological Time

Throwing the celestial dice

Submarine landslides; danger lurks in the ocean deep

When nature casually flicks a finger at us

Liquefaction; more than a sloppy puddle at the beach

A Gaggle of Goose Barnacles

Biomarkers; forensic tools for hydrocarbon fingerprinting

The (not so) Great Dying; Permian extinctions

Burnt soles: black sand beaches in New Zealand

Darwin Day, with apologies to Abraham Lincoln

Polar bears do not live in the Antarctic, there are no Penguins in the Arctic. The asymmetry of the poles

Ropes, pillows, and tubes; modern analogues for ancient volcanic structures

Rip currents – you have been warned

Crème brûlée, jelly sandwich, and banana split; the manger a trois of layered earth models

The Burrens of County Clare; An understated beauty

Tidal waves; prisoners of celestial forces

Bluebottle entanglements; or how to ruin your day at the beach

Crossing the harbour bar

Difficulty breathing: The Atacama salt lakes

Beach microcosms and river analogues

Beneath the ice; Greenland’s bedrock