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Going back in time and looking up

By | 2008-12-14T23:52:51+00:00 December 14th, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology, science generally|Tags: , , , , , , |

As we look up at the night sky, we see familiar patterns in the stars and the friendly face of our moon.  As a species, mankind has paid very close attention to the sky, often attributing great stories and legends to what we see.  A recent discussion I had on the internet had an interesting link [...]

More on Global Warming

By | 2008-12-09T17:38:57+00:00 December 9th, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology, politics, science generally|Tags: , , |

Copyright 2006 More cries of Global Warming in the News.  One of our Ex-Vice Presidents is even on the band wagon tooting his horn.  There is no question that we are enjoying warm/ dry summer temperatures that relate to the latest cycle of drought that mother nature has provided us. I seems that this year's drought is a continuation of [...]

Geologic Potty Training

By | 2008-12-08T17:41:37+00:00 December 8th, 2008|Categories: Collecting Fossils, Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology, science generally|Tags: , , , |

Earth scientists study any aspect that warrants close attention. Young ambitious graduate students will study almost anything.  As a grad student, I looked in detail at a two foot thick bed of 400 million year old lagoonaly derived limestone that covered about 100 square miles of south eastern Indiana, others were doing different tasks their professors dutifully assigned them.  One of [...]

Global Warming again?

By | 2008-12-06T23:55:10+00:00 December 6th, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ahhh for the good old days of global warming.... Back in 2005, I was ranting in the pages of the Powder River Examiner (and others)on the Climate Gloom/Doom Folks called Global Warmers and made the prediction that we will be wishing for the good old warm days around 2025. By then the new global cooling trend [...]

Global Warming

By | 2008-12-06T23:34:47+00:00 December 6th, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology, science generally|Tags: , , , , , |

I wrote this back in 2004   Time to sell the snowmobile! One of the really big and controversial topics of the modern age is global warming. As an earth scientist, I have been following the subject since its first appearance on the national news scene around 12 years ago.  Such discussions seem to be trendy [...]

Black Hills

By | 2008-11-22T23:12:08+00:00 November 22nd, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology|Tags: , , , , , , |

As you remember, a theme of mine is to remind you readers of the myriad ways that geology affects our lives.  Locally this is an easy task.  In this column, I simply point your attention a hundred miles to the east. The Black Hills are a local feature that we often take for granted.  How many times have you [...]

Yellowstone National Park

By | 2008-11-15T23:04:06+00:00 November 15th, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology|Tags: , , , , |

Yellowstone National Park We are around 400 miles as the crow flies from on of the great natural wonders of the world.  The geology that our first national park exhibits on the surface far outshines any scenic beauty that of course is very impressive as well. Even a child can tell upon a short visit, that [...]

My first Post

By | 2008-11-12T23:08:55+00:00 November 12th, 2008|Categories: Dinosaur Ranch News, General Geology|Tags: , , , |

This is the first of what I hope will be a series of discussions regarding earth sciences and particularly geology.  I have been a lifelong student of the earth since I first found a few fossils in a gravel pile as a child of 5.  I remember vividly the excitement of discovery of the unknown.  It [...]