Chocolate Pebbles Make for Yummy Stocking Stuffers

28 11 2007

Candy Pebbles are a surprise mix of chocolates, fruits, nuts, and candies with a unique candy coated pebble shell.”

Not only do they look pretty good, they sound pretty darn tasty too! I might have to break down and get some. 🙂

Might be just the thing to stuff someone’s therma-check-polar-fleece-hiking-grades tocking.


New Geology T-Shirt, Free Shipping and $15 off!

27 11 2007

UnEarthedTees is offering 2 great deals:

  • Through Nov 30 we have free shipping on orders over $75, when you use coupon code freeship75.
  • Not getting $75’s worth? No matter, today and tomorrow (only!) you can get $15 off any purchase of $50 when you use coupon code frfam2007. (through Nov 28.)

So what’s new?
Well, being a big fan of detective-type tv shows, I had the sudden idea to create this new t-shirt design:

Without a trace mineral t-shirt

If you think there’s a pattern here, you may be right — I love parody:

CSILaw & Ore--Geological intent

More cool geology t-shirts live at UnEarthedTees!

New! Geology and Paleontology Yard Signs

15 11 2007

Finally public safety will now be improved with UnEarthedTees’ Trilobite Warning and Dinosaur Crossing signs for your yard. Perfect for geologists, paleontologists and earth science and dinosaur buffs.

Don’t become the victim of pesky liability suits due to marauding trilos on your property! See all of them here.

Trilobite crossing sign Trilo bites warning sign T-Rex Crossing sign

The Earth as Art

5 11 2007

The West Fjords are a series of peninsulas in northwestern Iceland. They represent less than one-eighth the country’s land area, but their jagged perimeter accounts for more than half of Iceland’s total coastline.

Earth as Art; Fjords

Source: NASA; Library of Congress

Deceptively Fresh Trees Evidence of Glacial Melt

3 11 2007

A geologist has radiocarbon-dated tree stumps found at the foot of glaciers in Western Canada and found them to be 7,000 years old. The stumps, which look fresh and are rooted to their original soil and location, appear as they do due to their being buried under glacial ice for 7,000 years.

Geologist Johannes Koch of The College of Wooster who ran the tests, said of the trees “They really indicate when the glaciers overrode them, and their kill date gives the age of the glacier advance,” Koch explained. They also give us a span of time during which the glaciers have always been larger than they were 7000 years ago – until the recently warming climate released the stumps from their icy tombs.”

While there have been many advances and retreats of these glaciers over the past 7000 years, no retreats have pushed them back so far upstream as to expose these trees. Koch points to global warming to explain the recent rapid glacial retreat.

“It seems like an unprecedented change in a short amount of time,” Koch said. “From this work and many other studies looking at forcings of the climate system, one has to turn away from natural ones alone to explain this dramatic change of the past 150 years.”

Koch presented his findings at the recent GSA Conference.

From Terra Daily, via UC Davis Geology in the News

Note: I blogged this while watching the horrific Dantes Peak on TV. Big nasty volcano!