My location makes it perfect to do both.
For astronomy: Mauna Kea has several observatories, as it in the ideal location for observing space. The middle of the ocean, barely any light around, one of the highest mountains in the world.
For geology: Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It would be lovely if I could do some sort of field work at the national park or with geologists.
I have to figure this out. There is an engineering internship in Oahu I am considering, so we’ll have to see if that’ll work :D
Curving sands in Iran’s salt desert, Dasht-e Kavir. Summer evaporation in the desert leaves behind a high concentration of minerals, making Iran one of the world’s most important mineral producers
Rhodochrosite (by anthonyfalla)
quartz crystals in polarized light, shot through a gypsum filter to shift the wavelengths down the Michel-Levy color chart.
Geologists say Fifty million to 200 million years from now Earth’s continents will smash into each other, forming one huge continent. There are several possibilities including that the Atlantic Ocean will close up, reversing the trend that broke apart the last supercontinent … or that the current spreading zone in the Atlantic will push the continents 180 degrees around the world to close up the Pacific instead.
Read article here
One of the most enjoyable parts of studying geology is looking the rocks under the polarizing light microscope. More than minerals, when I am stared at the microscope I see a world full of colors and possibilities.
This rock is a dunite, an igneous rock rarely found in the continent, but one of the majors constituents of Earth’s mantle.