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A little creature that has done a lot of damage...
First time visitors to Hawai'i will at some moment see a mammal on the islands. The creature is common enough to be taken as some kind of squirrel, but it most certainly is not one. It's not a rat either, but it is representa...
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They'll tear across the road out of the corner of your eye.
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There has not been a more pessimistic speech given by any major party Presidential nominee since perhaps — well, there's never been a speech quite like this. Everything is terrible, according to Cheeto jesus. There is too much crime, too many illegal aliens, too many muslims, too much everything ...
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Something is missing from large areas of the Big Island of Hawai'i: rivers. But there are a few, and they have made some beautiful waterfalls.
Tooling around on the southern parts of the Big Island of Hawai'i, one may notice something. Despite the fact that Hilo and the Puna District villages get more rain than any other towns in the United States, there aren't very...
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There was a monster in the water at Laupahoehoe, Hawai'i in 1946. It wasn't Godzilla...
There is a small bay a few miles northeast of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i called Laupahoehoe. It's a raw section of the coastline, with waves that crash violently against the ragged exposures of basalt. I stand at the p...
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I'm still on the road so posts are few, but I occasionally get to a computer. Today's picture is a Cormorant flying in front of a wave-cut cliff exposing pillow basalt at Waikiki Beach. I've been writing a lot about Hawai'i o...
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There are some young mountains in the United States. In fact, I am older than at least four of them.
Mauna Ulu, a mountain that originated between 1969 and 1974 So much of geology is incremental. A rock slides from a cliff top, a river carries sand grains downstream, a glacier slowly pushes debris down a mountain canyon. Eac...
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It's been an ugly night and an ugly week. Here is a small bit of beauty instead.
It's a week of ugly and tragic news. I'm not ignoring it, I'm following closely. But I'm also choosing to find some small bit of beauty in the midst of tragedy. Common Waxbills (Estrilda astrild) are native to Africa south o...
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Lai'e Beach on the island of Oahu, with a coral beach sand stained by iron oxides Sand is white or gray. If you live in Florida or some other low-lying coastline, the sand tends to be nearly pure quartz, leading to the white ...
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Hawai'i has a great many colorful and interesting birds. Most of them are introduced/invasive, including the African Silverbills that I saw at Laupahoehoe.
Our journeys through the Hawaiian Islands brought us to the beach park at Laupahoehoe northwest of Hilo on the Big Island. The park preserves the memories of a tragic event in 1946, a tsunami that took the lives of 20 schoolc...
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Today's bird is not a regular in California, though it is reported sometimes in the extreme north of the state. The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) ranges across North America, but mostly in the northern tier of...
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They're so easy to photograph that I have almost no pictures of them at all...
I'm on the road (again), so posts are sparse. I still have a fair number of Hawaiian birds to share, but in the meantime, here's a Western Gull (Larus Occidentalis) from Road's End Park in Lincoln, Oregon. Gulls are notorious...
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Will someone save the unconformity? It's going to gone soon! Well, okay, there's not much to be done about it, being that the exposure seen here is on the shoreline of one of the most violent storm-ridden coasts in California...
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Geology professor at Modesto Junior College in Central California
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I am a teacher of geology at Modesto Junior College and former president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Far Western Section. I have led field trips all over the western United States, and a few excursions overseas, but my homebase is the Sierra Nevada, the Great Valley, and the Coast Ranges of California.
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