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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?

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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.

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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.

Most visited:
10: Glacier
9: Acadia
8: Grand Teton
7: Cuyahoga Valley (I have absolutely no idea where this is…)
6: Rocky Mountain
5: Olympic
4: Yellowstone
3: Yosemite
2: Grand Canyon
1: Great Smokey Mountains

Least Visited:
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 🙂

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