Writing a Report on Rocks – Update #7

Oftentimes when I tell a friend or family member that I study geology, their first response is, “oh, so you look at rocks all day”. As much as I hate to admit it, the answer is yes, I do look at rocks all day. But I’m not just looking at individual rocks and making broad […]

Gladstone Geochronology – Update 6

I wrote yesterday about the insights gained from looking at thin sections to better understand the bulk composition of rock packages. Today, I want to write about one final key piece of the summer research puzzle: geochronology. Geochronology is a field of geology concerned with dating rocks, fossils, geologic events, sedimentation rates, and other geologic […]

Rock Descriptions and Thin Sections

A critical part of developing a geologic map is truly understanding the rock units we observe in the field. The way to do this is by developing rock descriptions. Rock descriptions, which are often initially derived at in the field and further expanded in the lab, are a tricky thing to nail down for a […]