Unfortunately my father is back in the hospital. Mom and he have been married forever - no seriously - forever...and he tunes her out like a champ. He refused to eat, and take his meds, fell twice in one day to boot. Mom got tired of his refusal to eat (falling because he is so weak from NOT eating) so she called 9-1-1. Needless to say when my Dad saw the gurney he was NOT a happy camper, thankfully a Turlock firefighter whose last name was Gonzales made him smile. They say as your parents get older and older, you become the parent. Boy Howdy if that is not the truth.
So geology! That is why my few friends come here to hear about...
Have to tell you that metamorphic rocks are what we are delving into right now. LOVE metamorphic rocks - from here on out - MetaM rx. Writing metamorphic rocks over and over in your notes gets pretty tiring. The DOWNFALL of MetaM rx is their names. No "real" geology student can resist the urge to pun using gneiss (pronounced 'nice') or schist. Going to a Tier 1 university apparently does NOT prevent such antics from the geology students here. Heard in lab today:
- "Why does this rock smell like sunscreen....it's kinda gneiss."
- "Who has A16? Oh, thanks that is gneiss of you to share."
- "Did you just lick that?"
- I can't believe I signed up for this schist.
Geology students apparently have a few attributes/skills I lack, which makes me wonder if I choose the correct field of study.
- You must be a beer drinker (almost a connoisseur is your older than 30).
- Your handwriting must equal a doctor's signature.
- You wear khaki hiking pants everyday of the year (close!)
- Baseball caps are essential accessories (I like my boonie thanks).
- Taking "shots" around the campfire at field camp is a MUST.
- You should have facial hair (okay I am almost there thanks to menopause).
Learning cross-sections are fun, challenging and are really not gneiss when they don't work out right. I had to do 4 before this one, and it is only my "draft" I am delivering to my professor tomorrow. It is the mapping field trip we took during school break a few weeks ago. Red Rock Canyon State Park. Thanks to my MJC geology professor Garry Hayes...I was the only one who had been there before which helped abundantly. Kept my old notebooks...and never take those for granite!
This is ONE of three things I am preparing for my Final Project. The Final is a geological topographic map with all the different contacts of rocks, nonconformities, and other geologic symbols of the structures we found on our field mapping adventure. The pink (Tertiary tuff) and the lavender colored section (Ts1) a tertiary sedimentary are easiest thanks to Garry, but the other "newer" stratigraphy layers are not familiar and took some thinking and remembering my "laws" of deposition.
So here's to having a fun challenge. I love learning geology. I love learning about our planet we are so blessed to have in our care. The layers tell us stories of time before us...millions of years of our planet changing and creating different landscapes. Different animals and climates all play into this time travel through this cross-section. How can you not be amazed to look at these homoclinic rocks from several million years of deposition (Miocene: 23 mya) and not wonder what it must have looked like. Many cool site available to learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the Ricardo Formation of the Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA.
California State Parks
Fossils Found at RRCSP
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Geology of RRCSP