Monthly Archives: December 2012

Joshua Tree National Park

After visiting Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve, my coworkers and I ended our day off work at Joshua Tree National Park. With the sun getting low on the horizon, we wasted no time seeing as much as … Continue reading

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Mojave National Preserve

After a week of work in California, my coworkers and I spent the first part of our day off visiting Death Valley National Park. From there we continued our whirlwind Mojave Desert tour through Mojave National Preserve. We limited ourselves … Continue reading

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Death Valley National Park Revisited

I first visited Death Valley National Park in California a couple of years ago on an undergraduate geology field trip. Since then it’s been one of my favorite national parks for a number of reasons. First, it’s a vast, remote expanse … Continue reading

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Pinnacles National Monument Park

While in California on business last week my coworkers and I found time for a brief visit to Pinnacles National Monument.  Nestled in the Gabilan Range in the west-central part of the state, this site preserves a wonderland of scenic … Continue reading

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Serious seafood

As a midwesterner I’ve always been almost completely ignorant of seafood. I’ve had some decent Great Lakes fish and some good imported salmon, but the more exotic offerings like squid and snail at local places like Red Lobster have always … Continue reading

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Taiwan: Yehliu Geopark

After visiting Yangmingshan National Park, my wife and I continued our Taiwan vacation at Yehliu Geopark. Although there was much to see on this stretch of the northeastern coast, it’s best known for the fascinating rock formations that have been shaped by … Continue reading

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Taiwan: Yangmingshan National Park

My wife and I recently returned from a vacation to Taiwan. One of the high points was Yangmingshan National Park, located in the mountains northeast of Taipei. This region is undergoing collision and subduction of various island arcs and tectonic plates. … Continue reading

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