Author Archives: Thermochronic

Geology and Scrabble

I don’t play many on-line games, but ever since my mom and I joined Facebook, we’ve been going back and forth in a regular Lexulous game. Lexulous is a tile based word game, basically the same as Words with Friends … Continue reading

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Let’s Call a Denier a Denier

***Update – In a huge win for everyone who isn’t a doofus, the AP has now officially changed the language it will use to refer to people who don’t accept modern science. From the AP blog: To describe those who … Continue reading

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All Salt is Sea Salt

OK I’ll put an asterisk in the title because I suppose some salt can come from dried up lake beds but really, doesn’t this drive other geologists nuts? This afternoon I was following a recipe that suggested I use Himalayan … Continue reading

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Climbing Up the Middle of a Pluton

I am by no means a climber, but I love rocks and have a great appreciation for people who choose to spend hours and hours with their faces inches away from rocks. I have climbed a few times, and I really got a kick … Continue reading

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The Heartland Institute: Comically Ignorant Poop Factory or Greedy Lying Dumbasses?

Ignorance is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. In many ways it should be the main one, seeing as it is ignorance that is the root cause of so much of the evils assigned to the better-known four. I am not of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Thermo 2014 in Chamonix

I know that meetings are different from vacations. Meetings are busy, and even when they are in fantastic places, you rarely see more than the convention center and a few restaurants within walking distance. In addition, you usually don’t get … Continue reading

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He Thermochronology Reading List

I was always jealous of geoscientists who started their education in the 70’s; for them, there was only a 10 year backlog of plate tectonics relevant geoscience literature to catch up with. Even under sane circumstances it gets harder and harder … Continue reading

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Things to Listen To Update

A while ago I posted about what I like to listen to when doing the inevitable important-but-dull tasks that occur all of the time in science. As an update, I’ll just link to a recent Slate article rounding up their … Continue reading

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The Partial Retention Zone

One of the most important concepts in thermochronology is the Partial Retention Zone (PRZ for short, referred to as the Partial Annealing Zone in the fission-track world). The term PRZ is used to refer to a variety of things, all … Continue reading

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The Hot Hand, Freakonomics, Climate Denial, and Closure Temperatures – Assumptions in Models

I started listening to a few sports podcasts rather religiously about 3 years ago. I self select for shows, avoiding anything that involves someone with a nickname or who yells all the time, basically avoiding anything that takes sports too … Continue reading

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