Thursday, March 12, 2009

Earth Science Picture of the Day

Christine Churchill

The photo above showing feathery cirrus clouds in an azure blue sky was captured over Northern California on October 8, 2008. Cirriform clouds are found at altitudes generally above about 20,000 ft (6,000 m) and are predominantly composed of small hexagonal ice crystals. Because these crystals are widely dispersed (winds are stronger in the upper atmosphere than they are near the surface), cirrus type clouds take on a fibrous appearance, and they tend to point in the direction the upper air winds are blowing. When cirrus clouds streak the sky, the weather beneath them is fair much more often than not.

The Praxis for Earth Science Ed

The Praxis Series: Teacher Licensure and Certification

The Praxis Series™ assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.

For those that are juniors and higher, you need to be thinking about taking the Praxis for your majors and minors! It is up to you to find a time and place to take the test. Visit the Praxis website for information on dates available and pricing. 

The Praxis should be taken before you student teach and there are study guides available online and in the library for you to review with. If you have any questions you can post them under comments at the bottom of this message or if you do not have a blog, you can email me questions and I'll try my best to help!



Monday, February 23, 2009

Earth Science

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Geology Jokes!

You may be a Geologist if you hear or say these phrases on a daily basis.

Have a gneiss day

Rock on!

My rocks are gneiss, don’t take them for granite.

Look at that shiny shist

Gneiss Chert

Geology Rocks, I really dig it.

A geologist was accused for throwing a lava rock at a tourist. He’s been charged for Basalt and battery

“May the Quartz be with you”

Roommate: Why does that one have hair? You: That’s not hair, it’s Asbestos!

One Shist, Two Shist , greenshist, blueshist

“Meet me at the outcrop; I’m a little boulder there”

Protect Coprolites; they’re an endangered feces.

One mountain said to the other across the rift "Hey, it's not my fault!"

"I worked on an exploration team for 6 months and all I got was this lousy chert"

"Geologists can be very sedimental"

Geologists never lose their luster!

Geologists don’t wrinkle, they show lineation!

Old geologists never die, they just recrystallize.

Be gneiss or albite ya!

Paleontologists never Die they just slowly petrify

Geologists like to make up words.

"It's a hard rock life"

"all rock and no clay"

I never metamorphic who wasn't Gneiss

Geologists are gneiss, tuff, and a little wacke.

My sediments exactly.

I may have many faults, but they're all normal

Arr, it's a pyrite's life for me

"We're not trespassing. We're geologists."

Licking rocks gives me  an apatite.

"Re-unite Gondwanaland"

"Pass the Halite please!"

Some jokes just fluorite over my head

Geologist will date anything. 

Thursday, February 12, 2009


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