Category Archives: Geology

Exploring the earth; rocks, minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, and much more.

Borax Bead And Flame Tests

You can perform simple qualitative analysis to detect certain metals in various substances using borax bead, and flame tests. The inoculating loop for these tests is very easy to make. Continue reading…

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Geologists Discover the World’s Largest Volcano – Underwater

Tamu Massif's peak – in orange.  The associated footprint is larger than the area of the British Isles.
(source: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program of Texas A&M University)

In area, “it is… approximately the same as the British Isles or Olympus Mons on Mars, which is considered the largest volcano in the Solar System.” Continue reading…

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The Citizen Scientist, Way Back When

Some of you may know that in the beginning, there was The Citizen Scientist, an electronic newsletter of the Society for Amateur Scientists. Continue reading…

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Amateur May Have Found Lost Egyptian Pyramids After All

These structures were spotted last year by amateur satellite archaeologist Angela Micol. She used Google Earth 5,000 miles away in North Carolina. Photo credit: Mohamed Aly Soliman

Mysterious, pyramid-like structures spotted in the Egyptian desert by an amateur satellite archaeologist might be long-lost pyramids after all, according to a new investigation into the enigmatic mounds. Continue reading…

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The San Andreas Fault: What it is, Where to Find it and How to See it.

Figure 2. The San Andreas Fault slices across most of California. Copyright © 2006 David K. Lynch.

The San Andreas Fault is the sliding boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. It slices California in two from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border. Continue reading…

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New Pew Poll Profiles America’s Science Literacy

A new poll from the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine offers
a degree of insight into American scientific literacy on natural
selection, the age of the earth, and climate change Continue reading…

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Massive Landslide Shuts Down Kennecott Copper Mine


For those of you unfamiliar with this operation, besides the Great Wall of China, the open-pit mine is the only other manmade object visible from space. It measures about a kilometer across and four kilometers deep. Mine engineers had monitored signs that a shift in the ground was coming, and on Wednesday night it came. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Sequestered Science

USGS photo.

Like many of you, I’ve watched the budget debate going on for about as long as I could stand it, so this doesn’t really come as a surprise as such. Continue reading…

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CSL Provides Unprecedented Access to Scientific Literature

The Citizen Scientists League is providing access to thousands of scientific and academic journals and other publications. CSL is proud to be the first such organization to offer this kind of service. Continue reading…

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Wanderings for October

Have you ever thought that a Slinky, that wonderful childhood toy, could be used to build a scientific instrument? Well it can! The Slinky is used to build a simple vertical seismometer. Continue reading…

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