Before I delve too far into this post, I want to give a belated congratulations to Neil over at Microecos for winning “Where on Google Earth” #216. It was more difficult to find than I thought it was going to be and he managed to nail it on the head. He just posted “WoGE #217”, so head on over there and check it out.
It’s been a little crazy around here, to say the least. Between being on campus every day, doing homework, studying and working, my time has been rather sparse. As such my plans to keep the blog going with original posts has fallen by the wayside. Hell, even my Twitter account is seeing some neglect. But I am going to change that. I have some blog posts that I’m slowly working on and hopefully I can get something original posted prior to the end of the week. I’m going to make it my goal to put out one original post a week and maybe a couple geology/astrogeology pictures of the day peppered in between the main posts. Just something to help me practice and maintain my writing skills.
One of the posts that I’m currently working on deals with landslides. In my geomorphology lab, we’ve been building tilt boxes and experimenting with different substrates and sediment sizes in order to determine angle of repose and slope failure. We’re also looking at how saturation levels influence debris flows. With forecasters calling for a wetter than average Fall and Winter, parts of the Pacific Northwest are bound to see an increase in debris flow. So, I’m finding the information from this lab to be quite timely.
A couple other posts I’ll be working on will be about some up coming research opportunities. In January I’ll be helping out at the Cascadia Meteorite Lab classifying various samples for a donor. I’ll also be working on my meteorite sample from last summer. All this will require use of the electron microprobe and other cool instruments. On another completely unrelated project, I’ll have the opportunity to work with my geomorphology instructor looking for tsunami deposits at the mouth of the Columbia River. And there will be kayaking involved!
So, those are a few things that will be coming up in the future and I plan on blogging it. It’s going to be exhausting and probably stressful, but rewarding at the same time. But it provides the perfect excuse to keep a six-pack of beer in the fridge at all times.