I'm a geologist and during my research on glaciers I became interested in history and the development of geological concepts in time.

On the Art of Mineral Identification

historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com — Fig.1. Lecture in mineralogy, from Bartholomäus Anglicus "Über die Eigenschaften der Dinge" (1390-1400), on the Characteristics of Things. May the chemist Torbern Bergmann (1735-1784) was one of the first naturalist to discuss mineral-hardness , however, as he believed that clay is also a mineral, he assumed that hardness was strongly influenced by the humidity of the environment and therefore not very useful.

Mineral Classification Made Easy - Mohs Hardness Scale

historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com — Talc - Gypsum - Calcite - Fluorite - Apatite - Feldspar - Quartz - Topaz - Corundum - Diamond - " Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness " should be familiar to rock-hounds and earth-science students alike, as it lists common minerals in the order of the relative hardness (talc as the softest and diamond as the hardest mineral).

Historic tsunamis in Japan

historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com — Fig.1. Kanagawa Oki Uranami - "The Hollow of the Deep-Sea Wave off Kanagawa" , coloured woodcut from the collection of "Thirty-Six Views of Fuji" (1831) by Japa nese artist Katsushika Hokusa. The contrast between the various elements reflects the harmonic order between Ying and Yang and the necessity of solidarity of men in case of natural disasters.

Roy Chapman Andrews und das Königreich der Kreidezeitlichen Schädel

geschichtedergeologie.blogspot.com — Moderne Pop-Kultur weiß zu berichten, dass einer der bekanntesten Abenteurer und Archäologen in der Filmgeschichte, Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. - besser bekannt als Indiana Jones (der in den letzten Tagen seinen 30 Geburtstag feierte), auf verschiedene reale Naturforscher basierte, einer von ihnen der Abenteurer und Säugetierkundler Roy Chapman Andrews.

Roy Chapman Andrews and the Kingdom of the Cretaceous Skulls

historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com — Modern pop-culture legends tells that one of the most well-known adventurers and archaeologists in movie history, Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. - or Indiana Jones ("who becomes 30" this very day), was loosely based on real naturalists, one of them adventurer and mammologist Roy Chapman Andrews. Fig.1.

Geologists in the land of the Kangaroo

historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com — Terra Australis - the southern continent had been "discovered" by Europeans already in 1606, but only in 1642 the size of the new "island" becomes clear and the first geological observations were made only in the early 19th century. October 1800 two ships - the " Geographe" and the " Naturaliste" - set sail from the harbor of Le Havre, France.

La disastrosa Ipotesi dell´Impatto cosmico

storiadellageologia.blogspot.com — L´ipotesi é stata resa popolare a seguito di una presentazione scientifica durante l´assemblea dei geologi americani nella primavera 2007, ma uno degli autori - il fisico Richard Firestone - è dal 1990 che cerca di promuove questa sua idea (anche con la pubblicazione di libri a tema).

From the Contracting Earth to early Supercontinents

historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com — Already when the first maps of America were published (1507 and after), geographers and naturalists alike noted the similar shape of the west-coast of Africa and the east-coast of South America. In 1620 the English philosopher Francis Bacon claimed in his " Novum Organum" that " it's more then a curiosity".

Die Geschichte der Geologischen Karte: I. - Aller Anfang ist schwer...

geschichtedergeologie.blogspot.com — Vor 200 Jahren - 1815 - veröffentlichte der Landvermesser und Autodidakt-Geologe William Smith die erste brachbare geologische Karte - zur Feier beginnt heute eine Serie von Blog-Einträgen, die von den Ursprüngen beginnend über Bergbaukarten zur geologische Kartierung mittels Satelliten führen soll...

Sauropodi sopravissuti in Africa ?

storiadellageologia.blogspot.com — L´idea di grandi dinosauri non aviani ancora vivi fu resa celebre per la prima volta dal commerciante tedesco e (noto eccentrico) direttore del giardino zoologico di Amburgobrontosauro superstite fu presa abbastanza seria cosicché l´esploratore tedesco, Carl Hagenbeck nel 1909-12, ispirato da presunti avvistamenti di strane creature in Africa.
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@ferwen Obi Wan Kenobi defeated General Grievous only by shooting it with a laser #epicfail lightsaber

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All I just want is a f*cking LASER - Charles Townes, 1964 nobel-price & developer of Laser-tech, died aged 99 pic.twitter.com/Kvvc69lIJJ

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