As part of my new position, I need to teach a one-month class during January on some geological topic. I’ve been considering a number of options, but keep coming back to the idea of the geology of Iceland throughout time. Since we’re talking about liberal arts students at a Swedish Lutheran college that has a strong Scandinavian studies program, I would also like to integrate at least a week on Icelandic culture and how it was affected by the geology. There are a number of resources out there, but there are limits to how much my students will be able to read in the course of a month. Anyone have favorites about either Icelandic culture or geology?
Archive for June, 2010
After two years, I’m moving from PA to MN to start a new position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Concurrent with the physical move, I’ve decided to also start a new blog. My old posts will still be available at Mountain Cat Geology, but in the future I’ll be posting over here.
Lockwood started it. (I got it from Callan.) He grabs two new lists from National Geographic: the Ten Most Visited National Parks and the Ten Least Visited National Parks. Says he: Bold the ones you have visited, and italicize the ones you’ve never heard of before.
8: Grand Teton
7: Cuyahoga Valley (I have absolutely no idea where this is…)
6: Rocky Mountain
2: Grand Canyon
1: Great Smokey Mountains
10: City of Rocks NR, Idaho
9: Cumberland Island NS, Georgia
8: Florissant Fossil Beds NM, Colorado
7: Chiricahua NM, Arizona
6: Tonto NM, Arizona
5: Dry Tortugas NP, Florida
4: Katmai NP & Preserve, Alaska
3: Kalaupapa NHP, Hawaii
2: Hagerman Fossil Beds NM, Idaho (we went during field camp–they were actually working on digging the horse bones up and we stood in the hot sun watching for a bit)
1: Russel Cave NM, Alabama
My conclusion: I need to visit more National Parks / Monuments. I’ve hit a ridiculous number of the historical ones on the east coast (my mother has worked as a ranger in several around Boston and drags us to others on vacation), but I need to plan a trip to see more of the “scenic geology” ones 🙂