Use this thread to discuss ideas for a second edition of this carnival…
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I would be willing to host, if the deadline could be Oct 7 (or so) instead of Oct 1 – I’ve got a bad grading weekend ahead of me, and (although I don’t talk about it on the blog) kid responsibilities that need to be addressed before blogging.
I thought that someone (The Other 95%?) had offered to host, and the theme was going to be the intersection between geology and biology?
Thanks for getting ahold of me. I am still happy to host the intersection of rock and life theme. But I am hosting 2 carnivals (Carnival of the Spineless and Tangled Bank) in October. So November would be great for me!
For me personally, geology matters enormously in studying biology. I research community ecology at hydrothermal vents. i am working on a chapter right now comparing communities associated with basalt versus andesite substrates and seeing clear cut differences. I would like to hear other peoples perspectives, especially those classically trained in geology, on the intersection of rock and life.
I’m quite willing to host if it’s needed. I’ll throw my website to the traffic wolves. December would be best, though, since I’m pretty busy in October and November (thesis writing, research schedule and work in October, conferences in November). So that’d be TAW #4.
I like the idea of posts regarding how the earth wants to kill us. I’ve got a life meets geology post ready to be written too, so I’m all over the ideas thrown out so far. In addition, here’s some of my own;
Geology in the Movies: Could be tied to the misconceptions theme. You could write about Deep Impact, Volcano, The Core (#shudder#), The Day After Tomorrow, planets exploding in Star Wars, etc, and point out just how wrong they are and why.
Living in the past; Write about how different life would be you we were living where you are now, but 1, 10 and 100 million years ago. I think it’d be a good way to give a perspective on how “quickly” and how dramatically things can change.
My Pet Rock: We’ve all got a favourite rock or mineral. Why is it interesting, how does it form, and where does it occur on Earth?
Great Debates in Geology: We all seem to be involved in some form of research, or at least most of us have been at some point. Give a basic outline of one major debates in geology where you’ve got some insight into the fors and against from all sides of the debate.
If the deadline for this one is Oct 7 instead of Oct 1 I’ll be much more likely to write something. And I’m hosting Scientiae in November, but I could take January. Some theme ideas:
Alternate Geological Universes – what would our (individual) research look like if we (collective) hadn’t figured out plate tectonics? What if the initial amounts of key constituents of the solar system (e.g., 26Al) had been slightly different? What if we didn’t have beer at conferences?
Famous Figures – write about a graph or photo you’ve seen/used a lot.
Dumb Analogy Contest. Whoever submits the best educational use of an off-the-wall analogy wins.
Spontaneous Moments of Outreach – stories and advice.