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Wednesday Wanderings

Today is absolutely gorgeous, so I wandered up to take advantage of the crystal clear skies & great views. Where am I?

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Wednesday Wanderings

I’ll keep with the India theme from last week and choose a few more pictures from the Giant Metre Radio Telescope (GMRT), which I visited last March as part of a whirlwind trip to Bangalore and Pune.  The telescope is located on the Deccan Plateau with the central cluster of antenna on some really lovely property owned by National Centre for Astrophysics (NCRA) and then branching out with a a few antenna up to 25 km away (map of the array).  At the center of the array, they have a heavily watered garden that includes a model of the distribution of the antenna:

model of the GMRT array located next to the central telescope

model of the GMRT array located next to the central telescope

We drove around the property a bit (all dirt roads), but didn’t have time to go and visit the antennas further out.  We did go into the central antenna, which was nicely air conditioned to make sure the electronics worked.  (March in India means that air conditioning is pretty welcome even if you do have to share it with servers.)

Because I was with astrophysicists and engineers, I didn’t have the chance to go and visit the local outcrops of the flood basalt up close and personal, so most of my pictures are of flowers:

just one of the many types of flowers cultivated at GMRT

just one of the many types of flowers cultivated at GMRT

I do have a few “geology” related pictures:

mud cracks in the grounds surrounding GMRT

mud cracks in the grounds surrounding GMRT

part of a rock sculpture in the garden at GMRT

part of a rock sculpture in the garden at GMRT

part of the garden rock sculpture

part of the garden rock sculpture

rock sculpture (?) at GMRT

rock sculpture (?) at GMRT

walls made up of basalt were everywhere

walls made up of basalt were everywhere

Inner courtyard at the research facility at GMRT.  I don't know whether the hexagon paving tiles were a nod to the local geology or not, but I thought they were a cool link to the flood basalts.

Inner courtyard at the research facility at GMRT. I don’t know whether the hexagon paving tiles were a nod to the local geology or not, but I thought they were a cool link to the flood basalts.

I’ve got some more “buildings constructed using cool basalt” pictures from Pune that I’ll share next week 🙂

 

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Wednesday wanderings

Its time to move on from the Italian rocks, but instead of reaching for recent blizzard pictures, I went for a different trip.  I dug out the following picture while working on my lecture notes for igneous rocks because of a student question about the rocks in this area.

where am I?

where am I?

Based on the randomness of where I took this picture, anyone who manages to name 1) what the picture is of and 2) where I took the picture from, I’ll send you your choice of type of Girl Scout cookies.

 

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Wednesday Wanderings

I’m going to finish off the month with one more picture from my recent Italian sojourn.

One thing I was highly impressed by in Italy with was the huge diversity of rock types used for statues, busts, church altars, flooring material, and building siding. I’ve got pictures on pictures that I took not really of the artwork, but of what it was made out of or what it was sitting on — unfortunately, with the semester starting so quickly after my trip, the majority are still on my D80. Hopefully when things calm down, I’ll be able to show them off a bit. But for now, this is an altar at the Chiesa del Gesu di Roma — note the diversity of rock types just in this one area of the church:

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I’m a bit late, so we’ll just go with another view of Vesuvius. This time the view is from Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg):

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Wednesday wanderings

I’m back in MA for the first week of the spring semester, so this week’s picture is from the warmer clime I just left. Points for both volcanoes names plus where I must have been to take the picture — warning, the latter is slightly tricky!

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Wednesday wanderings

I just got back from Naples & Rome, so today’s picture is another taken on the trip:

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Taken at Pompeii just outside the town’s walls. Not the difference in elevation between the current farm & the one abandoned after the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius.

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