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.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Check Out My Photo of the Inner Gorge and the Great Unconformity of the Grand Canyon on the Cover of "The Outcrop 2011"
I’m pleased to announce that one of my photos of the Grand Canyon’s Inner Gorge and the Great Unconformity has been chosen to grace the cover of the The Outcrop 2011, a Geoscience Departmental alumni magazine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The alumni newsletter has been published for over 30 years.
The article that accompanies my cover photo was written by Shannon Peters, an Assistant Professor and faculty member in the Department of Geoscience. His research area is sedimentary geology and paleobiology.
By the way, definitely check out the article in the April 19, 2012 issue of Nature entitled “Formation of the ‘Great Unconformity’ as a trigger for the Cambrian Explosion.” Shanan E. Peters and Robert R. Gaines of the Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, and the Geology Department of Pomona College, respectively, have written about a subject near and dear to me in my two recent posts and one forthcoming about the Great Unconformity.
Peters offered this wonderful quote, so appropriate to the subject of the unconformity. "The French composer Claude Debussy said, 'Music is the space between the notes.' I think that is the case here," he says. "The gaps can have more information, in some ways, about the processes driving Earth system change, than the rocks do. It's both together that give the whole picture."