No, really, I do. In the past, I’ve gone on geotrips with Lockwood and led people on geology tours. More recently, there’s been a Mount Rainier series. In the first one, the mountain erupted, and I was scrambling for a good vantage point to get you guys awesome photos – see, I dream of you, too! – while cursing the fact the geologists hadn’t predicted it. Even in the dream, I was flummoxed by that – we monitor Mount Rainier, and we know the signs that a volcano might be about to wake up, so there was no reason for us to be taken by surprise. Maybe Bobby Jindal became governor of Washington and decided we don’t need no stinkin’ volcano monitoring. Also, we’re expecting Mount Rainier to fall down, not blow up. So that was weird. In the second Mount Rainier dream, we’d predicted its eruption to a T, but I’d left evacuation too late and was scrambling to get important shit out while it went kaboom in the background, again cursing it for blowing up rather than falling down. Also, cursing all the buggers who hadn’t left me enough boxes to pack with. You bastards.
But the strangest dream was one where I was giving some sort of presentation, and someone had thrown an unexpected last-minute request at me, thinking they’d stump me – but I was able to create a slide and get samples and everything. Had that shit covered. I even remember the shit I was covering: hemipelagic sediments and the rocks formed from them.
(Fun fact: parts of the Galice Formation are hemipelagic. Get back to me in a bit and I can even tell you which bits. I think the bit above is a bit, but not entirely sure yet.)
So I wake up from this dream in which I, apparently, am an expert in hemipelagic stuffage, and think, “Wait, is hemipelagic even a thing?” Because I knew pelagic is, but hemipelagic? So I Googled it. Yeah, my dream was right: it is, indeed, a thing, and just like in my dream, it’s a thing you get before you get to pelagic sediments.
I even spent an inordinate amount of time modifying this diagram from the Extended Continental Shelf Project to show where, as best I can figure, hemipelagic sediments are formed:
Now I’m excited to get back to the Josephine after Franklin Falls et al. An ophiolite and hemipelagic sequences! Woot! Maybe after all that, I’ll know hemipelagic stuff well enough that if my dream comes true and some bugger wants me to do a talk with hemipelagic in it at the last minute, I can oblige.
I just hope my dreams about Mount Rainier don’t come true. Not being able to detect it waking up or roughly predict its eruption* wouldn’t just be embarrassing, it would be tragic. Contra Bobby “Why Watch Volcanoes?” Jindal, monitoring volcanoes and determining when they might go kablooey is one of those ways science helps keep vulnerable people from getting caught in the middle of a catastrophe.
*Keeping in mind that volcanoes are notoriously fickle, and can still take us by surprise, whether by making some noise and then going back to sleep, or waking up faster than expected.