Geology is all around us, scarcely thought of as we go about our lives. Yet, it affects everything we do as a civilization, as a society and as individuals. While barely appearing to change from day to day, it works to alter the course of evolution. Preserving a record of creatures and landscapes both ancient and forgotten, the story of our past is written in stone and waiting to be read. I offer a view of how I see our world and its inhabitants, both past and present, as seen through my lens.
Special thanks are again in order, this time to Geocaching.com!
Geocaching used "Written In Stone...seen through my lens" as a geological reference for their geocache adventure called "Plums in the Pudding I: Mission Hill." They also added, "Dr. Jack Share, whose geological knowledge, reference and enthusiasm have been most valuable and inspiring."
What is “geocaching?” Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played by adventure seekers throughout the world equipped with GPS devices or a GPS-enabled phone. The basic idea is to go outside and locate hidden containers called geocaches using the GPS device. The GPS coordinates of geocaches are listed on the Geocaching's website (geocaching.com). All you need to do is plug (download) the co-ordinates into your device and head outside to find the cache. Over a million geocaches are hidden worldwide.
Once you are close, you have to discover the geocache on your own (it’s in a container and generally the size of a loaf of bread), and they can be very cleverly hidden. Once you find the cache, find the log book. If you take something from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value in its place, so that there’s something there for the next geocacher to find. When you’re done, rehide the cache exactly as you found it. When you return from your geocaching adventure, visit geocaching.com to share your adventures with the community.
The journey in discovering the geocache is often the greatest reward. Fresh air. Exercise. A nice hike. Great views. Entertainment. Camaraderie (take a friend). And even education.
Numerous educational references are given online for each Geocache. That's where we came in.
Thanks go to the on-line science and technology magazine WIRED.com and their blog entitled Wired Science!
Blog editor Brian Romans, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech, mentioned "Written In Stone…seen through my lens” for the week of January 9-15, 2012 stating that it caught his eye.
He also says, "Jack Share...writes an epic post about the Great Unconformity in the Grand Canyon. He includes tons of photos and this is only part 1. Wonderful stuff."