The Virtues of Being Close to the Ground

I stumbled today on Kim Hannula’s delightful blog, in particular her post about hiking with her four-year-old son:

He pointed to something that looked like white hairs on an over-excited yeti. Fibrous ice crystals, holding up pebbles and leaves and bits of frozen dirt. Every shadowed spot was covered with them, when we stopped and looked. On the hillsides, on the trail… everywhere.

They looked, actually, like vein fillings – fibrous vein fillings. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised – ice is, after all, a mineral, if one that melts readily under earth’s surface conditions. And like fibrous veins, I think I could figure out a deformational history from some of them.

(P.S. If you know of any other good geology blogs, mention ’em in the comments.)


  1. Thanks! I’ve been reading your blog with interest lately, especially the parts about Albuquerque’s water issues.

    There’s going to be a geology carnival hosted at my blog tomorrow. I’m hoping that it will bring out more geo-bloggers.

  2. There are going to be carnivals on the 15th of every month, hosted by a different person each time. I’ll post tonight where the next one is going to be, so people will be able to find it.

  3. Thank you John.

    We were at Spud Lake this year too, she writes topics I’m interested in & I rode Page Mill many times. How do you do it?



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