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Geologists' Fancies Turn to Thoughts of Love

By February 14, 2013

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Yes, it's Valentines Day, and I've been collecting your stories of romance in the field. Today the Geological Society of London's blog posted a lovely poem written by Edward Forbes, who had recently been that society's president. It's called "Valentine, By a Palaeontologist," and it begins,

Borne upon Pterodactyle's wing,
This heart, which once you deemed of stone,
Model of maids, to thee I bring,
And offer it to thee alone!

The poem was read on this day in 1845 at a Society dinner, and it holds up well. Today's poetry is a little less convoluted and formal. For instance, the American Geosciences Institute's Twitter account posted this today: "Roses are pink, rhodochrosite is too, Halite is salty, & we love teaching Earth science to you! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY pic.twitter.com/1GL0NHEV"

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