One of the most-common uses of mathematics in introductory geology courses is in looking at rates. Here are some basic examples:1. Sediment is accumulating in a deep ocean basin at an average rate of 2 mm/1,000 years. How much sediment will accumulate in a million years?2. Assume an average erosional rate of rock to be 0.1 mm/yr. How many years will it take to erode away a 3,500 m high mountain peak?3. A basaltic lava flow cools from 1,200° C to 20° C in 36
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I ran into a friend after many years. Her son used to come to our academy for soccer and rugby coaching. She mentioned that a common friend had recently put up a link to my blog on his Facebook wall and after reading a few of my posts had showed my blog to her son, reminding him who I was.Her son who is now a teenager exclaimed.. "but Mama how is it that a rugby coach can be clever enough to write a geology blog?" My friend is now trying to persuade her son to meet me again. I on my part have
So, it’s that time of year again. Fall AGU is the largest Earth Science conference on the planet, and is where you will get previews of new science results, get a sense of what other experts think about current topics, and indulge in the more social side of being a scientist. The full scientific program [...]