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Door twenty four

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With the end of the year almost in sight, we’re rounding off the #geoadvent blog season with a look back at the highlights of our blogging year – featuring mud, salt dough, a last minute Christmas present suggestion, and of course, dinosaur shaped cake….

 

 

 

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It’s been another busy year of geoblogging – thanks to everyone who’s shared, commented, read and liked! If you’re interested in contributing to the GSL blog, please contact sarah.day@geolsoc.org.uk.

Here are our highlights….

January

We launched the Year of Mud! With a chat with our President David Manning, and a particularly awful mud pun.

The mud cycle

The mud cycle

 

February

Broadchurch_titlecardWhile the rest of the country was in the grip of the increasingly implausible Broadchurch plot, Policy Assistant Flo focused on the important things, and took us through the geology of the show.

 

March

We all tried to remain calm as our hallowed halls were graced by the presence of Sir David Attenborough, who dropped in to launch the celebrations for the William Smith Map Bicentennial.

Sir David Attenborough and Victoria Woodcock with the newly discovered map

Sir David Attenborough and Victoria Woodcock with the newly discovered map

We even managed to snaffle an interview with the man himself.

April

Dahl

Dahl at the height of the 1975 craze for pet rocks.

Ted Nield mourned the loss of a lesser known geological hero – Gary Ross Dahl, inventor of the pet rock. Incidentally, if you’re still having a last minute Christmas present panic, something worth considering.

The pet rock, a smooth beach pebble, came on a bed of straw, complete with carry-case (perforated) and a 32-page instruction manual.

The pet rock, a smooth beach pebble, came on a bed of straw, complete with carry-case (perforated) and a 32-page instruction manual.

 

 

 

 

 

 


May

We reported on the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, with complete instructions on how to make fossil dough casts! (A tip worth knowing – better not to attempt to manufacture all 200 pots of dough at your own desk.)

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June

Arguably the highlight of the geoblogging year, we announced the results of the annual Great Geobakeoff, which were – of course – as spectacular as ever.

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July

Velociraptors Are Go

Velociraptors Are Go

Continuing our inexhaustible Jurassic theme, Geoscientist reviewed Jurassic World, and found – unsurprisingly – the dinosaurs to be the only characters worth getting interested in. Look out for that Mosasaurus in next year’s geobakeoff!

 

August

We announced the launch of the 100 Great Geosites app – now you can take our list of the UK & Ireland’s great geological highlights with you wherever you go!

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September

We’re not sure what happened in September, but apparently very little on the blog. Have a festive dinosaur gif instead.

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via giphy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

CoverWe announced the results of our 100 Great Geosites photography competition, the entries to which have been starring in the geoadvent blog all month. It’s too late, sadly, to get hold of a copy of the resulting calendar as a last minute Christmas present, but we reopen on 4th January, if you’re still after a copy!

 

 

November

Anomalocaris reconstruction c. Katrina Kenny, University of Adelaide

Anomalocaris reconstruction c. Katrina Kenny, University of Adelaide

Our flagship journal’s series on fossil Lagerstätten continued with news of a fascinating discovery of fossils in Emu Bay, South Australia, which are casting light on the early evolution of vision. Stay tuned for more fossil news next year!

 

 

 

December

..is not yet over, but the #geoadvent blog series most definitely is!

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A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year’s posts – in particular the photographers for their images and comments.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year  – see you in 2016!

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