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Salt is my favorite mineral

Salt is my favorite mineral

Author’s Note: This part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt required students to find a mineral in their local area and explain what it is. Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. Featured Image: The Great Salt Lake Desert as seen from Interstate 80 near Wendover, Utah. (Personal photo) Okay, no, I didn’t go out in nature to find this mineral,…

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Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Author’s Note: This part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt required students to find a news article, post it on our blogs and explain how plate tectonics played a role in the situation. Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. Featured image: Damage and flooding in Sendai, Japan as a result of the 2011 Japan earthquake. (Source: U.S. Navy) The article…

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Thermal Springs of Nevada

Thermal Springs of Nevada

Author’s Note: This the first part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt is “Where have you seen geology in your daily life?” Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. Geology, like weather, is all around us and has a profound influence on our daily activities. Sure, most geological processes seem to occur in the background without much day-to-day change, but when you…

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What difference does elevation make for air pressure?

What difference does elevation make for air pressure?

Saturday, my wife and I took a few kids we go to church with up to Mount Rose and Lake Tahoe while their mom had a work meeting in Reno. After spending some time playing in the snow where Highway 431 crosses the mountain (elevation 8,911), we drove down to Kings Beach for some hot chocolate. As we descended to the side of the lake, the oldest kid we were watching was unable to make her ears pop despite several…

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Halloween forecast for Reno

Halloween forecast for Reno

Nevada Day is here and that means Halloween is right around the corner. As you head out for Halloween-related activities for the next few days, expect dry conditions and near-average temperatures. We will be leaving the month with dropping temperatures as winds in the upper atmosphere shift to bring cooler air south out of Canada. But enough of that here’s what the evenings have in store for activities this weekend and on Halloween. Friday evening Friday will see a high…

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Personal Update

Personal Update

My wife and I recently moved from St. Anthony, Idaho to Fernley, Nevada. Fernley is in the greater Reno area on Interstate 80 and has about 25,000 people. With this move, my blog will begin to cover more weather events relevant to Nevada and California and less for Idaho and Montana. I will continue to cover events relevant to the Pacific Northwest, as well as other things that catch my fancy. I am excited for this new chapter in our…

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