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December 22nd, 2008|

Does that rock have dip?  No, this is not another food metaphor! Dip is a technical geologic term meaning the orientation of a rock layer in 3 dimensional space. This property has to do with [...]


December 20th, 2008|

The last thing on anyone's mind around the Powder River valley is earthquake.  Granted we are in a pretty low risk area for earthquake but we are not in the lowest possible category.    In fact, [...]

Doug the Triceratops

December 18th, 2008|

Upper Cretaceous Dinosaurs are actually pretty uncommon in the world. The most common and most well known being the browsing Triceratops.   Triceratops was a giant of a fellow.  Much like the animal shown in Jurassic [...]


December 16th, 2008|

"Darn that old Gumbo!"  is a phrase you hear all too much this time of year.  But what is that "old Gumbo".  Geologically speaking, "gumbo" is a garbage basket term that refers to sticky soil [...]

Going back in time and looking up

December 14th, 2008|

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 [...]

Global Worming (no that is not a mistake)!

December 10th, 2008|

I never though I would see it come to this.  The scientific method has been thrown out the window for media bluster with politics in mind and a startling consensus is reached before any real research has even [...]

More on Global Warming

December 9th, 2008|

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 [...]

Geologic Potty Training

December 8th, 2008|

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 [...]

Global Warming again?

December 6th, 2008|

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 [...]

Global Warming

December 6th, 2008|

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 [...]

Common Sense Fossil Collecting Access

December 4th, 2008|

Article: How to Approach Fossil Collecting and How Not to Get Shot at Doing So. By Franklin E. Bliss Bliss Ranch So you want to collect dinosaur or other fossils and you are visiting an [...]

Now we’ve done it

December 3rd, 2008|

copyright 2008 Now we've done it.  We've gone and changed things too much.  A group of geologists now think that mankind has modified the earth so much in the last 200 years that they have [...]

A Mailbox on a Corner in Wyoming

December 3rd, 2008|

Article A Mailbox on a Corner in Wyoming My family and I have always lived in small communities with all the conveniences of modern life.  The small towns I lived in had a well developed social [...]

Ants in a Paleontologists pants

December 1st, 2008|

The other day I went out to a pasture about as far away from my house that I can go on my own property to pick up an ATV left behind for some fencing activity [...]


November 25th, 2008|

The good thing about living near the geographic center of the continent (Belle Fourche, SD) is that we don't have to worry much about Tsunami waves.  This does not however diminish the significance of the [...]

Black Hills

November 22nd, 2008|

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 [...]

Extinction of the Dinosaurs

November 20th, 2008|

Geologic Column By Frank Bliss Extinction of the Dinosaurs? I am an active participant of  a 600 member strong internet mailing list consisting of experts from many countries in the many fields of Vertebrate Paleontology. [...]

Yellowstone National Park

November 15th, 2008|

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 [...]

My first Post

November 12th, 2008|

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 [...]