Geology on the Interwebses

I have been upping the number of people I am following on Twitter recently. This has a bit of a snowball effect, in that following more people brings the people that they follow into your view and you start following them.

The vast majority of people I have followed in the last few weeks have been scientists, specifically geologists/palæontologists/earth scientists or societies for them. While this is good, in that I genuinely find this stuff interesting, it also brings home how little I am keeping up with the field. What I do find worthwhile is that I am able to hear about interesting stuff, like Where on (Google) Earth.

WoGE is a bit of a puzzle/treasure hunt, wherein an image (or images) of a geologically interesting place are posted and the first person to respond with the coördinates of the place shown (and something about the geology) posts the next image.

Another, vaguely related, event is the Accretionary Wedge, whereby a number of bloggers within the earth sciences write on a particular theme each month. The range of views is an interesting overview on just how broad the earth sciences are: you get geophysicists, geologists, climatologists, palæontologists, planetary ecologists….

In a way, this is also opening me up to seeing what a number of other scientists and fields are doing. A large subset of people closely related to those I am following are interested in climate change and similar subjects. Astronomy and space science get a great deal of attention (I suspect because of the myriad of pretty pictures) but biology and general science is just as interesting, and almost all are inter-related. This is a very exciting time to be following science writers, especially because you can find them doing nearly any sub-field that you care to name.