I’ve updated the page with Fancybox for WordPress. I looked at a few others to see what new plugins were floating around out there; however, I figured a standard, tried-and-true plugin module would be best. So, at first glance, the existing images you interact with have all been upgraded. These will be tweaked because I notice there’s some display competition between Fancybox and the Flickr Gallery Badge. Once I get the interface dialed-in, I’ll start to open up the Main Gallery on the Photography page tab. Stay tuned…
Generalized Cross Section of Erie Canal and Grimsby Sandstone
Never underestimate what ants, rabbits, and groundhogs can tell you about the soil type in the subsurface. Ants can usually give you a really good view of what larger-grained particles [fine to coarse sand] are in the first 12 inches of the surface. This was the case on the north side of the Erie Canal in Western New York. The canal itself was dug into the top of the Grimsby Sandstone and blocks were used as sub base material on the old towpath. You could walk along the towpath during the summer and see little 2-6-inch diameter ant hills comprised of blood red sand. The sand was a pretty uniform medium sand, tinted red from oxidation of the ferrous iron. Badda-bing.
Rabbits, groundhogs, and other little borrowing furries dig even deeper, ejecting soil away from the entrance to their homes. This is extremely handy if you want to look at unweathered soils. Example: Around here in Central North Carolina, the old surface soil appears tan to light brown with maybe even a hint of ocher. However, you get digging around in there with an excavator and turn that soil over . . . → Read More: Ants, Rabbits, and Groundhogs
I’ve seen and heard in more than a few instances during the last week or so about people in the Gulf States observing oil in their rain water. However unlikely, this does warrant further inspection since we’ve not seen an event quite like the Gulf Oil Disaster before.
One thing that is extremely frustrating to a far-off bystander such as myself is the helplessness I sense from the individual citizens of the Gulf States. On one hand, the government is apparently unwilling to help for political reasons. On the other hand, BP is actively enforcing some form of media black-out. So where does that leave We The People other than unemployed and at the mercy of enormous bureaucracies? On the wrong end of the stick as we’re experiencing more and more lately.
Let’s just blow off the “the government” and blow off “BP”. The only group you can count on right now is yourself, your family and friends, and your local community. The hype has gotten out of hand, so assume for the duration of this disaster event that there will be no helicopters in the skies and no checks in the mail. In other words, time to suck it . . . → Read More: Does Gulf Coast Rain Water Contain Oil?
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend. The fireworks, fun games, and grilling are all fun; however we should always remember what the date means. The spirited entrepreneurs of the 13 Colonies cast aside a currency system that incurred debt and taxation without limits. They defied a King and governing body which applied laws but rarely followed them. And they took up arms for the ultimate goal of controlling their own individual lives, communities, and destinies. They won and a nation was born.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions from folks with private wells who are not hydrogeology types. They are curious about various aspects of groundwater, wells, and pumps. So I’m going to try and post up some useful knowledge for them. This week will be a bit of crunch all around though due to the holiday weekend, some business closings, and other obligations.
July 3, 2010 Raleigh Fireworks – photo by J. Sents
I got a great couple of questions from my friend Tuesday. She asked,
If dinosaurs are millions of years old, how do we even have their bones? Based on the mathematical equations they give us, those bones would be totally deteriorated, would they not?
A bit more involved, the answer is but painless it will be. The first question is one of fossilization. Dinosaurs were the “rulers” of the Mesozoic Era on the Geologic Time Scale. Mesozoic means middle + life, and is named such because it falls between the time of Ancient Life [Paleozoic], and New Life [Cenozoic]. The fossil record and correlation were all we had before modern dating methods such as radiometric dating became available.
Fossilization of something is more difficult than one would think. A good handful of conditions and processes must occur/not occur in order to fossilize something in the first place, and then prevent it’s destruction over long periods of time. When something like a dinosaur is killed and quickly buried in a substantial thickness of sediment [say from a flash flood], it’s cut off from scavengers, weather, bugs, etc.
So what happens? Well the organic parts will decay quickly. Where these remains are, . . . → Read More: Fossil Questions