Category Archives: Walter Geology Library

Where in the World Contest : August 2013

Earth PuzzleIdentify a mystery photo and win a mystery gift certificate! Visit the Geology Library and look at the photo 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 September 9, 2013.

We’ll offer a “where in the world” mystery image contest once a month.

Demon duck of doom!

MegafaunaI wish that I had come up with the nickname for Bullockornis planei, an extinct flightless bird, but I didn’t. Speaking of megafauna from a different part of the world, the Geology Library recently added Megafauna : giant beasts of Pleistocene South America by Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, and Gerry De Iuliis at call number QE  881 M475 2013 Geology Library.

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


Vulgarly “The Moho”

Our new map “Tectonic framework of the Alps / Carte tectonique des Alpes” includes an ancillary map titled “Moho depth map = Carte de profondeur du Moho.” We got our moho working…

Tectonic Framework of the Alps

The OED gives the definition of Moho:

Moho: The discontinuity between the earth’s crust and the mantle which is believed to exist at a depth of about 10–12 km (6–7½ miles) under the ocean beds and 40–50 km (25–30 miles) under the continents. Also called Mohorovičić discontinuity.

1956  Adv. Geophysics 3 118  The now called the Mohorovičić discontinuity (vulgarly ‘The Moho’).

The Glossary of Geology defines it as:

Moho (Mo’-ho) Abbreviated form of Mohorovicic discontinuity, suggested by Birch (1952, p.229). Sp: discontinuidad de Mohorovicic.

Rocks, Landscapes, National Parks of Queensland

We recently acquired several geological guides for the Rocks, Landscapes, and National Parks of Queensland, Australia.

Each guidebook gives the geological origins and episodes of its particular region and then groups the parks by similar geological features. For example, Central Queensland parks are organized by limestones, meta-sediments, violent volcanoes, granites, sandstone belts, and sunken basins. With sketches, photographs, maps, and walking tours, these guidebooks are useful for real hiking trips and for trips of the imagination for those of us who have never been to Australia but have cataloged hundreds of books about its geology.

Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia:

Return from Oz

QE 344 A19

Ever wonder what was at call number QE 344 A19? Wonder no more! The Publication series of the Geological Survey of Queensland was cataloged at QE 344 A19. The QE represents the Library of Congress  Subject Geology, while the 344 is the geographical subdivision Queensland, Australia.

So now you may be wondering why you don’t see these publications in our stacks. It’s because we moved them into the Library Storage Facility (LSF). We recently received a massive gift of geological materials and have been madly processing, cataloging, and moving some materials in to the stacks and out to LSF to make room for even more books and maps.


Extended hours for Finals : December 7 – 18, 2012

Extended hours:

Friday, December 7, 8am-8pm
Saturday, December 8, Noon-6pm
Sunday, December 9, Noon-11pm
Monday, December 10-Thursday, December 13, 7:30am-11pm
Friday, December 14, 8am-8pm
Saturday, December 15, Noon-6pm
Sunday, December 16, Noon-11pm
Monday, December 17,  7:30am-11pm
Tuesday, December 18, 7:30am-7pm

Then we return to regular Intersession hours:

Wednesday, December 19-Friday, December 21, Intersession hours 8am-5pm