Thursday, February 8, 2007


Geolympics is the ultimate in field geologist competition. This yearly event should put to the test all the field practices geologist's are trained to perform with accuracy and time contraints as parameters of success. So far I have a few proposed geolympic events that I beleive will be a good fit.

1) The Brunton: Imagine 5 or so rocks with varying strikes, dips, slickenlines, etc. that need measuring whiled being timed. Then you throw in a little triangulation with 10 foot accuracy miniumum and back it with a trend and plunge on a few linear features and you've got yourself a nice little exercise.

2) Rock Demolition: Imagine a line of geologists armed with a basketball size chunk of granite and their favorite rock hammer. They are timed to see who can smash their rocks into chunks no bigger than a baseball. I shall dominate all in this little baby!

3) Twisted Map Folding: Imagine a new crisp map completly unfolded and a geologist blind folded who must then, by feel alone, fold the map into its original orientation while being timed. Personally I don't like this event because I won't be good at it.

4) Gear Up Gear Down: Imagine I stop starting all descriptions with imagine. Then imagine a geologist pulling up his/her truck when the clock starts and they must exit the vehicle and gear up with boots, hand lens, brunton, hammer with loop, acid bottle, map, rain gear, the works then when complete screaming ROCK IT! and then undressing again into street clothes, packing away the gear and firing up the truck again. Blammo, now that's what I call competition.

So, please get creative and post some prospective geolympic events keeping in mind they ought to be based on practices we actually do.

Peace Out...


Blogger Devin said...


February 23, 2007 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

I suggest a treasure hunt of sorts, given only a starting location and a list of distances and bearings. Or maybe given a map and starting coodrinates.

February 26, 2007 at 3:05 PM  

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