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The Code of Hammering

Thursday April 17, 2014

hammer outcropAs field season returns in my part of the world, I'm gearing up for some nice outings. So it's time again to present my code of hammering. There are guidebooks that touch on matters of professional practice, and every rockhound group teaches its members hammer safety. But as an amateur geologist I practice a game between that of the professional and the rockhound. It incorporates a respect for the rock as something with its own aesthetics and right to exist as nature made it. See if you agree.
Outcrop practicing satori — Geology Guide photo

How to Look at a Rock

Tuesday April 15, 2014

I try to put up basic information here, but even so I'm way ahead of most people. Fortunately they keep writing me and visiting the Forum with pictures of rocks, and that tells me they need information that's even more basic. They say, "I've looked all over and can't find a picture that looks like this." That's not how to do things. Don't look at pictures, look at your rock. Look closely at it. Study it and take notes. Start here with Rocks 101: How to Look at a Rock. That said, I've added some pictures to the article just because.

The Geological Gems of Georgia

Monday April 14, 2014
Georgia geologyEvery state I study, investigating its geological highlights, I fall in love with. Georgia is definitely on my mind after compiling this gallery of geological attractions and destinations. As always, I had to leave out as much as I included because I couldn't find good photos. So, to quote another Southern belle, I must rely on the kindness of strangers to submit them along with names of more great places to see and study rocks and related subjects.
Panola Mountain — courtesy SixtyTwo Point of View of Flickr

This Week's Geo-Quiz: Ores

Sunday April 13, 2014

Geologists can be ecumenical about minerals: they're all interesting for various reasons. But some minerals are more equal than others, especially when money is involved. Ores are those big-money minerals that provide the essential metals of civilized life. So jump into this week's Geo-Whiz Quiz on ores and see if you are a truly well-grounded citizen. What could be a better way to get ready for Earth Day-the-way-it-should-be?

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