This is my contribution to Accretionary Wedge #48, the geoblogosphere's monthly carnival. July’s host is Charles Carrigan at Earth-like Planet; the topic is "Geoscience and Technology". I’m an amateur geologist, so was stymied at first. Then a light came on when I realized just how much digital technology is involved in my geo-vacations. Here's the usual recipe:
1. Pick destinations from one of the many great geo-tripping resources online.
The first that I discovered was the Virtual Geologic Tour of New Mexico by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. Pick a region, and you get a map with geo-destinations (example below). Another click will bring up an article about the geology of a site, usually with a map, stratigraphic column and photos.
Left: ideas for Nevada geotrips, click to view. Below: planning a trip to Easy Chair Crater, courtesy NBMG.
Geotripper’s The Other California: What to See When You've Run Out of Postcard Destinations, is another good source of ideas (below; postcard by Scope Enterprises, Inc.).
2. Download literature to laptop. Maybe take some books along too ... just a few.
3. Assemble digital accoutrements.
That would be a computer, backup drive, cell phone, updated iPod, GPS, battery charger, various cables and a power inverter. And a camera of course!
I found the inverter (lower right in photo), the final and critical part of this system, just before departure last April. Figuring out what I needed turned out to be a major hassle, and then the solution was soooo easy, courtesy Walmart.
And it all worked great!
4. Go to cool geo-destinations, take photos ...
|Evening in the Fisher Valley, Utah.|
|Evening at the San Rafael Swell, Utah.|
|Early morning light on the high Sierra; from the White Mountains, California.|
5. ... and don't forget to write!
The hardest part about blogging on the road is taking time off from wandering to write. I hope to do more next time.
Here are posts that I managed to finish on my most recent trip:
Is that mantle on the mantle?
All my Relatives are Miocene Fossils
We too are ephemeral ... just like mountains
Ancient Plants on Ancient Rocks