Introduction to Geology

Although I don’t get to teach this course very often, it is always energizing to be engaged at the most eye-opening level. I gave up long ago trying to be encyclopedic, and now enjoy the luxury of letting myself get off on tangents to share my own excitement over continuing to learn how everything ties together.

We were in a McDonald’s parking lot for a bathroom stop on an intro field trip a few years back when I called the group over to show them spectacular poikilitic hornblendes in large gabbro blocks bordering the property, launching off into how well the rocks preserved the discontinuous part of Bowen’s reaction series. As I finished up, one of my students piped up, “I just realized, you can do this anywhere, can’t you.” In fact, it’s hard not to, even with strangers walking past a statue made of megacrystic porphyry, or any other weird and wonderful stuff.

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