Author Archives: Dana Hunter

Darwin, the Galápagos and the Evolution of Basalt

Take a voyage on the Beagle and investigate a very special type of basalt with Charles Darwin himself

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Explosive History: Vesuvius by Gillian Darley

History and geology meet in one truly sublime read

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The Long Reach of Mount Mazama

The remains of a monumental eruption blanket the Oregon landscape

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Worse and Worse: The Trump Administration’s Continuing War on National Parks

The damage to our National Park Service will be catastrophic if Trump gets his way

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2 Long Reads That Will Make You Rethink Our Relationship with Nature

Human reactions to the forces of nature have made New Orleans one of the most unnatural cities in the world. How long can we hold the line?

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Geologic Mayhem on Netflix

In the mood for disaster? Netflix has some good ‘uns for you!

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How to Get Mistaken for a Geologist

Geologists are cool! Here’s how you can play one on the internet.

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Geology Grab Bag: Earthy Disasters and Earthquakes from Space, Oh My!

Three incidents of earth on the move show us why geology matters to human settlements.

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Thrills! Chills! Mount Saint Helens Eruption Mayhem!

Let’s end 2017 with a bang!

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Betsy DeVos: A Disaster for Student Civil Rights

Thanks to DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education is failing students

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8 Ways the Trump Administration Has Been a Disaster for Science and Our Public Lands

It’s been a grim year

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Lava versus GoPro–Fight!

You may or may not believe what happens when a GoPro camera is pitted against pahoehoe

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9 Must-Have Volcano Books for All Your Gifting Needs

I’ve got an explosive holiday book list for you this holiday season!

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A Flat Earther’s Steamy Attempt at Proof

Plus, why some flat Earth enthusiasts claim forests aren’t real. Seriously

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Treat Bag Geology

Halloween comes early to Rosetta Stones. Let’s see what kind of goodies are in the bag!

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Disaster Geology: A Tale of 2 Mexican Earthquakes

A deep-dive into Mexico’s remarkable string of natural disasters

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The Trump Administration’s Effect on National Parks

It’s been a hard summer for our public lands

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Disasters Abound–but You Can Make a Difference

South Asia, Sierra Leone and southern Texas are experiencing catastrophic flooding and landslides. Here’s how to help

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Seniors, Get Your Lifetime National Park Pass Now

Get your lifetime pass before the price takes a quantum leap!

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Shingle Beaches: Pebble Paradises

Get to know shingle beaches in five easy sections!

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Rocks: A Handy Book for Tiny Geologists

Discover a fantastic book to give to kids as they explore the rocky world this summer.

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Sweeping Sands

Let’s visit some dunes I have known—including some frozen in time

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Born in Catastrophe: Silver Lake

A serene little Pacific Northwest lake has a violent origin

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Liesegang Banding: Automatic Art

Nature is a marvelous painter

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Permanent Impermanence, or How the Fudge Did That Fossilize?

Imagine the weather turning to stone…

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Bad Signs

What happens when a geologist with a Sharpie encounters wrong information on a public sign?

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The True Story of the Mar-a-Lago "Sinkhole"

What really happened at Mar-a-Lago on Monday—and what to do if it happens to you

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37 Years Ago, America’s Relationship with Volcanoes Changed Forever

The Mount Saint Helens eruptions was a scientific boon

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The Shocking Truth about Aftershocks

After an earthquake, some aftershocks go on for an astonishingly long time.

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The Inside Scoop on the Chilean Earthquake Swarm

According to locals, Valparaiso’s 6.9 isn’t worthy of being called an earthquake

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