Now that I’m unemployed, it’s time to get serious about being able to work from home. I have the beginnings of a consulting business (EPOCH Isotopes) and am building a rescue for senior and hospice cats (Mew-Mew House). A home office is going to be essential.
First steps are to empty out my office at my former place of employment and bring all that stuff home.
This week was the annual week of the Mount Hope Cemetery field trip
for my Introduction to the Geological Sciences course. It’s a short walk
from the classroom, so it’s ever a great opportunity to see “rocks in
the wild.” In this case, I consider them ‘feral’ rocks, because they’ve
escaped containment and have been living in the elements for many, many
One favorite stop is “Bubblegum Rock,” a large chunk of pink quartz.
Students checking out “Bubblegum Rock”
Students are challenged to figure out the origin of the rock. Some do. Some don’t. But all are fascinated by it.
This piece of quartz is an example of a pegmatite. Pegmatites are huge minerals that grow under very specific circumstances. In the case of these giant quartz grains, they were the result of extremely slow cooling of magma well below the Earth’s surface.
This is one of my favorite videos. Both audio and video illustrate the magnitude of the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan that resulted in a massive tsunami that killed thousands of people and destroyed a nuclear power plant.