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Earth Science Week: Geological Literature

October 15, 2013

Research & Collections

Yesterday was Earth Science Literacy Day. You can connect with some of the Big Ideas of modern Earth Science at the Earth Science Week website.  I’m going to spin that a bit into an Earth Science Literature Day, one day late.

During my last stay at the beach I made a cup of coffee with (barely drinkable) tap water.  It reminded me of one of Mark Twain’s companions, a man who loved big words for their own sake. They had made undrinkable coffee from the alkali waters of Mono Lake. Noone could drink a cup, because “It’s too technical for me.”  So at the top of the list is Mark Twain’s “Roughing It”.  It has accounts of the Nevada Silver Rush, the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Kilauea, and the joys of working a stamp mill at a gold mine. Everyone needs to know the story of the…

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