A few weeks ago, Lockwood took me on his Oregon State University geology tour. He’s written it up for ye, and I’ll just pop in a few (billion) photographs so you can do more of a sort of virtual tour thing. I’ve got so many photos I’ve decided to break it up into parts so as not to crash any computers.
I like this campus. For one, it never seems choked with people. Two, they didn’t shy away from using lots and lots of natural stone. This makes geologists squee.
Stop 1: Interzone
Lockwood tells you to look at the sidewalk. That’s because you’ll find yummy bits in the concrete.
And, drumroll please, my favorite one ever:
I love opal so much, you have no idea. Having it pointed out to me in a worn-down old sidewalk was one of those great moments that make you become inordinately excited.
Stop 2: Kearny Hall
So here we have a nice contrast between fire and water: a nice diabase on the bottom (fire) and sandstone on top (water – or wind, possibly).
Stop 3: I haven’t got a picture, so we’ll move right along to…
Stop 4: Owen Hall
Lots of geologic art in here, which I shall get to when I get round to the series I’ve planned on geologic art. In the meantime:
Trust me when I say I wanted to pick up that ball of serpentinite and run home with it. Problem being, it weighs many times more than I do. So picking it up is not possible, and running is right out. But it’s delicious. You can learn more about serpentinite here. Also, I’m sure someone curated a list of links when the geoblogosphere was fighting to keep it as California’s state rock – if someone could leave us a link to that list, I’d appreciate it!
Stop 5. Covell Hall
This is where unisex bathrooms would’ve come in handy, but it’s okay, ladies: the second floor restroom may be all boring and modern manufactured materials, but the first floor has got exactly what we want: stylolitic limestone! Check this stuff out. ‘Tis awesome, and our stylolites are better than the boys’ stylolites.
So here’s this lovely little courtyard, and a big ol’ chunk of half-polished diabase. I like big ol’ chunks o’ rock, especially when people have been wise enough to label them as “art.” They are artistic. They are beautiful.
Here endeth Phase I. Phase II will see some really wild crystallization, and some of my favorite rock in the world (like most of them aren’t, right?).