Category Archives: geology

New maps added this week: November 3-7, 2014

Stig Nygaard : Aerial view of Greenland seen from flight DL 0069 (Copenhagen - Atlanta).
Stig Nygaard : Aerial view of Greenland seen from flight DL 0069 (Copenhagen – Atlanta).

We added almost the complete set of Geologisk kort over Grønland last week!

Geologisk kort over Grønland (Geological map of Greenland)
Grønlands geologiske undersøgelse (The Geological Survey of Greenland)
G 3381 C5 S100 D4
60 Ø.1 Nord. Lindenow Fjord. 1998.
70 Ø.1 Nord. Hurry Inlet. 1981.
70 Ø.1 Syd. Kap Brewster. 1986.
70 Ø.2 Nord. Kap Leslie. 1980.
70 Ø.2 Syd. Vikingebugt. 1984.
70 Ø.3 Nord. Rødefjord. 1983.
70 Ø.4 Nord. Rolige Bræ. 1977.
70 Ø.4 Syd. Vestfjord. 1984.
71 Ø.1 Nord. Fleming Fjord. 1983.
71 Ø.1 Syd. Carlsberg Fjord. 1980.
71 Ø.2 Nord. Sydlige Stauning Alper. 1977.
71 Ø.2 Syd. Gurreholm. 1976.
71 Ø.3 Nord. Frederiksdal. 1975.
71 Ø.3 Syd. Renland. 1976.
71 Ø.4 Nord. Charcot Land. 1975.
71 Ø.4 Syd. Krummedal. 1975.
81 Ø Nord. J.C. Christensen Land. 1986.
82 Ø Nord. Nordkronen. 1986.
82 Ø Syd. Wandel Dal. 1986.
83 Ø Syd. Harder Fjord. 1986.

60 V.1 Nord. Nunarssuit. 1967.
60 V.1 Syd. Nanortalik. 1973.
60 V.3 Nord. Søndre Sermilik. 1996.
61 V.1 Nord. Neria. 1975.
61 V.2 Nord. Midternæs. 1974.
61 V.3 Syd. Narssarssuaq. 1973.
62 V.1 Nord. Bjørnesund. 1985.
62 V.1 Syd. Nerutussoq. 1976.
62 V.2 Syd. Nigerdlikasik. 1976.
63 V.1 Nord. Buksefjorden. 1983.
63 V.1 Syd. Grædefjord. 1982.
63 V.2 Nord. Kangiata Nuna. 1981.
63 V.2 Syd. Sinarssuk. 1980.
64 V.1 Nord. Fiskefjord. 1989.
64 V.1 Syd. Qôrqut. 1984.
64 V.2 Nord. Ivisârtoq. 1988.
65 V.2 Syd. Isukasia. 1987.
67 V.1 Nord. Agto. 1984.
68 V.2 Nord. Ikamiut. 2006.
68 V.1 Syd. Kangaatsiaq. 2004.
68 V.2 Nord. Kangersuneq. 2005.
69 V.1 Nord. Mellemfjord. 1987.
69 V.1 Syd. Uiffaq. 2000.
69 V.2 Nord. Pingu. 2001.
69 V.3 Nord. Ataa. 1995.
70 V.1 Nord. Agatdal. 1974.
70 V.1 Syd. Qutdligssat. 1976.
70 V.2 Nord. Agpat. 1987.
71 V.1 Nord. Svartenhuk. 1991.
71 V.1 Syd. Igdlorssuit. 1983.
73 V.1 Syd. Tasiussaq. 1984.
74 V.1 Nord/Syd. Kuvdlorssuaq. 1985.
70 Ø.2 Nord, Kap Leslie ; 70 Ø.3 Nord, Rødefjord Text. 1988
71 Ø.2 Nord, Sydlige Stauning Alper ; 71 Ø.3 Nord, Frederiksdal Text. 1980
71 Ø.4 Nord, Charcot Land ; 71 Ø.4 Syd, Krummedal Text. 1982
61 V.1 Nord, Neria ; 61 V.2 Nord, Midternæs Text. 1990
63 V.1 Nord, Buksefjorden Text. 1983
64 V.1 Syd, Qôrqut Text. 1993
68 V.1 Nord, Ikamiut ; 68 V.1 Syd, Kangaatsiaq Text. 2010

Internationale hydrogeologische Karte von Europa (International Hydrogeological Map of Europe)
International Association of Hydrogeologists

Plate Boundary Model PB2002
Peter Bird
G 3201 C55 2003 B5

Mining and Mineral Processing Operations and Significant Mineral Deposits
Australian Mining Industry Council
G 8961 H1 1987 A8

Your sense of humor is chalk-like

We catalog many books and maps about the Cretaceous period and system. Around Austin, Texas, we have a variety of sedimentary rocks that originated during the Cretaceous period when a great inland sea, full of creatures, covered much of Texas. Geologists may have fun going out to the hill country springs and outcrops to answer questions about these rocks and fossils and formations. But we librarians have unexpected questions too. What is this publication up to? And is the word Cretaceous capitalized? You would think that this would be a simple answer, but scientists can be wacky. The OED does clarify that in a geological context Cretaceous is capitalized. For your amusement, here are a few examples of the use of cretaceous and an example of jejune thrown in as a bonus definition.

cretaceous, adj. and n.

a. Of the nature of chalk; chalky.

b. Chalk-like. humorous.

1708 J. Philips Cyder i. 54 Nor from the sable Ground expect Success Nor from cretaceous, stubborn and jejune.

1808 S. Smith P. Plymley’s Lett. vi, I love not the cretaceous and incredible countenance of his colleague.

B. n. (usu. with the).
Geol. The Cretaceous system or period.
1910 Encycl. Brit. VII. 415/1 With the opening of the Cretaceous in Europe there commenced a period of marine transgression.

jejune, adj.

2. Deficient in nourishing or substantial (physical) qualities; thin, attenuated, scanty; meagre, unsatisfying; (of land) poor, barren.

“cretaceous, adj. and n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 31 October 2014.
“jejune, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 31 October 2014.

New maps added this week for October 20-24, 2014, from Oregon to the Rains down in Africa

Cartes des Pluies Annuelles en Afrique, IRD
Cartes des Pluies Annuelles en Afrique, IRD

Geologo-strukturnai︠a︡ karta s ėlementami neotektoniki, Mongolʹskai︠a︡ Narodnai︠a︡ Respublika
G 7896 C55 S1000 A4 K-47-M-50 GEOL MAPS

Geologic Map of Oregon
Compiled by G.W. Walker and P.B. King, U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
G 4291 C5 1967 W3 GEOL MAPS

Carte des pluies annuelles en Afrique (Annual rainfall map of Africa)
IRD, Institut de recherche pour le développement
G 8201 C88 2012 I5 GEOL MAPS

New Maps added this week, from Mississippi Delta to Mongolia : October 17-20, 2014

International Geological Map of Asia, Scale 1:5,000,000, CGMW
International Geological Map of Asia, Scale 1:5,000,000, CGMW

We have some new geological and hydrogeological maps this week:

Black Bay 30 x 60 Minute Geologic Quadrangle

Mississippi River Delta 30 x 60 Minute Geologic Quadrangle

International Geological Map of Asia
G 7401 C5 2013 C6 SHEET 1-12 GEOL MAPS

Geological map of South America, 1979
G 5201 C5 1979 M47 ROLLED GEOL MAPS

Mongolyn gidrogeologiĭn zurag 1:1,000,000 (Hydrogeological map of Mongolia 1:1,000,000)
G 7896 C3 S1000 Z4 K-47-M-50 GEOL MAPS

Before asteroids hit the earth…

Last Policeman
Last Policeman by Ben Winters

… you should read the Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters.  The final installment, World of Trouble, was published this summer. The Last Policeman introduces Detective Hank Palace who continues to solve crimes even though asteroid 2011GV1 is due to annihilate the earth as we know it in six months.


If you’re not familiar with Ben H. Winters, he has an eclectic body of work, ranging from middle-school mysteries (The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman) to classic embellishments (Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters) to horror (Bedbugs).

Read this summer! We’ve been regularly adding to our GeoFiction reading lists and will soon highlight books for the caver in you.

Where in the World Contest : November 2013

Earth PuzzleYou still have time to enter our Where in the World contest! Each day this week, we’ve posted a new photo of this mystery location. Identify the location and win a mystery prize! Visit the Geology Library and look at the 5 photos on our bulletin board.

Send your answer to

To be eligible to win, you must be a UT student. In the case of a tie, the most detailed answer, including place names, formation names, coordinates, or description of the imagery, will win. Deadline is December 2, 2013.


Dinosaur Thrills!

When I first started compiling a list of fiction related to geoscience, I had no idea how many fictional dinosaur books there were nor how many common ways authors found of introducing dinosaurs into the story to thrill readers. Here’s how some authors brought dinosaurs to life, with example titles. Beware, there are many thematic cross-overs!Dinosaur

Dinosaur point-of-view

These stories are told from the dinosaur’s perspective and may or may not include interactions with humans. This category includes the possibility that dinosaurs are aliens or that aliens are dinosaurs.

Raptor Red by Robert Bakker
Dinosaur Wars by Thomas Hopp
Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer
Fossil Hunter by Robert J. Sawyer
Foreigner by Robert J. Sawyer

Re-discovered dinosaurs

Dinosaurs never died out completely. Some dinosaurs lived on in hard-to-find places or evolved into something unexpected.

Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear
The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
West of Eden by Harry Harrison
Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison
Return to Eden by Harry Harrison
Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Planet Survivors by Anne McCaffrey

Revived dinosaurs

Scientists decided it was a good idea to recreate some of the most terrifying creatures that ever roamed the earth.

Carnivore by Leigh Clark
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Bone Wars by Brett Davis
Two Tiny Claws by Brett Davis
Carnosaur by Harry Adam Knight

Time-warp loopholes

Humans travel back in time, dinosaurs travel forward in time, or a rift in the fabric of the time-space continuum causes a jumbled timeline that has dinosaurs and humans existing at the same time.

Footprints of Thunder by James F. David
Dinosaur Thunder  by James F. David
Thunder of Time  by James F. David
Cretaceous Dawn by Lisa M. Graziano
Hell Creek by Lisa M. Graziano
Cretaceous Sea by Will Hubble
Sea of Time by Will Hubble
Safari World by Dale Martin
End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
The Dechronization of Sam Magruder by George Gaylord Simpson
Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick

Your stars, they wound me

Astrobleme, or star wound, is a vivid synonym for impact structure. I came across this term in Philippe Bouysse’s Explanatory Notes for the Geological Map of the World.

Bouysse also included this quote on the title pages:

«Ce qui est simple est toujours faux. Ce qui ne l’est pas est inutilisable.» Paul Valéry (Mauvaises pensées et autres, 1942)

Geological map of the world sheet 1


The universe within : discovering the common history of rocks, planets, and people by Neil Shubin

The Universe Within by Neil Shubin has just arrived! By the author of Your Inner Fish, this is a light, fun read, with a variety of anecdotes about time, the universe, world travel, science, and scientists. Good for browsing or reading straight through on a lazy afternoon. The mini biographies that pepper the book are tantalizing, e.g. the “Harvard Computers,” women astronomers who collected raw data and worked to interpret them.