Craters of the Moon Nov. 2016

CRATERS OF THE MOON Just a few miles west of here you will find the eastern boundary of a geologic province like no other. Most often referred to as the Snake River Plain, this unique landscape cuts a swath from the Oregon-Idaho-Nevada border all the way across Idaho...

Teton Quadrangle Nov. 2016

You can’t tell where you are going unless you know where you have been. ~ Unknown SPARRING WITH SERAPH In the dystopian sci-fi movie The Matrix Reloaded, Neo, the main protagonist, must spar with Seraph, the gatekeeper, before consulting the Oracle for a big-picture...

Earth Mars Oct 2016

TERRESTRIAL ANALOGS In their insightful book Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe, Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee propose that life may be ubiquitous in the universe, and give many good reasons why this could be so. For example, they note that some...

Iceland Oct. 2016

A VICTORY FOR THE PROLETARIAT There are – in the same loose sense of the term that there are only two kinds of anything – only two kinds of Earth crust. Continental crust is the stuff of… well, continents. Oceanic crust is the stuff at the bottom of...

Satellites Sep 2016

Man must rise above the Earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives. -Socrates     THE GREAT COSMIC QUILT In 1729, Isaac Newton theorized that if a cannon ball could be shot into...