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4th Rock from the Sun: Human Exploration of Mars – the Planetary Geology Research Projects 2016

Forty years ago, in the summer of 1976, NASA placed two spacecraft in orbit around Mars and then safely got the Viking 1 and

Paddle Trip Report 1 – Through the Foothills

We successfully completed our 8-day paddle trip from the foothills of the Blue Ridge to Williamsburg. It was all the adventure I’d hoped for.

Mystery at Midway Mills

Virginia’s Piedmont is an expansive area of gently rolling terrain whose underlying geology is quite complex. The old metamorphic and igneous rocks of the

The Road to the Moho

I spent last week in the Sultanate of Oman, working with my colleague Professor Anne Rasmussen to setup a William & Mary study abroad

Wadi Bani Ghafir at Sidaq Gorge – Water versus Rock in Oman

In January I had the good fortune of visiting Oman to explore the country’s magnificent geology.  November 18th is Oman’s National Day and in this

Glimpses of the Past: the Catoctin Formation – Virginia is for Lavas

In 1969 Virginia embraced the travel slogan Virginia is for Lovers and at various times during the last 45 years William & Mary geology students have

Dispatches from Oman: Ophiolite to Aflaj

The New Year finds me half-a-world away from William & Mary on a research trip to Oman.  I am here starting a project focused

Mountain Mayhem

As I’ve noted in these posts before, Geology Departmental field trips are unique as they bring together the W&M geologic community in a way

Dissection of a Mid-term Exam

It’s mid-term exam season at William & Mary.  On Friday, October 1st 170 students in my Earth’s Environmental Systems course sat for their first