Also, I handed in all my assignments a day late and still got an A- in the course. BOOM BABY.
Tomorrow morning I depart for my second geology field school!
I’ll be heading down to the States once again. Last August we braved the desert sun of Montana, and since that was a real hit, I thought, why not brave the desert sun of NEVADA, too?!
I’ll be hiking around Carlin Canyon for the next couple of weeks, checkin’ out some rocks and fossils, mapping geologic contacts, and delineating what I’m told is a very complex and interesting geologic history.
Here I go!
Hello, and thanks! I like certain types of geology for different reasons, so this is not an easy question.
Sedimentary is certainly not my favorite, although its not without its merits. I live near the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies (a geologist’s playground of uplifted carbonates), so when I go hiking I often collect simple marine fossils from the shales and limestones therein. I also have a secret love affair with surficial processes such as rivers and glaciers, so investigating those types of sed deposits can be kinda neat. Besides that, I don’t think sed is particularly appealing, especially on the scale of rocks and minerals.
On the other hand, I find igneous and metamorphic pretty cool regardless of scale, and I think that’s because they tell particularly interesting stories - magmatism and mountain-building and all that fun stuff :) And speaking superficially, metamorphic and igneous rocks/minerals are beautiful! I could (and do) spend countless hours sitting at petrographic microscopes marveling at all the phenocrysts and funky textures I can find. One thing I find awesome (if a little complex) is applying geochemistry and textural/mineral evidence to delineate melting & cooling histories of igneous rocks. Gets me so revved.
I’ve gotta run, but you get the point! Thanks for the question.