Stuff from March 2012 GeoDaze!

March 29-31 of 2012 saw the 40th Annual GeoDaze here at UA Geosciences. This three-day extravaganza of talks, posters, receptions, field trips, and rock 'n' roll is an amazing feat of science, logistics, stamina, and outreach by our graduate and undergraduate students. The Distinguished Speaker this year was Kate Huntington, of UW ESS, who gave a great talk on clumped isotopes, paleoelevation, and other stuff as the keynote. Here are a few photos from the field trip and camping excursion to Kartchner Caverns State Park, and the GeoDaze Party at the home of the gracious hosts Jon and Pamela Pelletier. All footage of RTI courtesy of Alexis Ault.

Bob Casavant, Natural Resource and Science Manager for Arizona State Parks led us on a great geomorphology trip on the day after camping at Kartchner Caverns. Here we are on an overlook, looking at a hill inside of which is a spectacular cave.

I love these guys. I believe this is the Short-Horned Lizard, held here by the fearless Jackson Overpeck. This is a different flavor from the Regal Horned Lizard I've seen around Tucson.

Bob Casavant with the Bolsa Quartzite of the Whetstone Mountains in the background. The lone mesquite tree on the ridge just his right has tapped into a wet fault zone in the Escabrosa limestone.

So here I've been spending all this time trying to date these diagenetic concretions in the Navajo sandstone (Moqui Marbles), and it turns out all I had to do was go to the giftshop of Kartchner Caverns State Park and read the ad that tells me how old they are. I wonder why my results are two orders of magnitude different.

Speaking of Fe-oxides, here's one more shot of Bob Casavant explaining the hematite mineralization along a fault zone in the Escabrosa Limestone.

Speaking of rock 'n' roll, here's a short clip (15 Mb) of part of Rayleigh-Taylor Instability's cover of Beat on the Brat.

RTI's interpretation of House of the Rising Sun; almost of the whole song (27 Mb).
A short clip of part of RTI's version of Head On (8.7 Mb), our cover of the Pixies cover of the awesome The Jesus and Mary Chain song. Apologies to all. A short clip of part of RTI's version of Should I Stay or Should I Go (9.2 Mb), featuring yours truly screwing up the second verse.
One more short clip of part of RTI's version of that song who's title I probably shouldn't put here (12.3 Mb), which we probably weren't ready to play yet but what the heck.

By the way, RTI is:

Roy Johnson on lead guitar
Willy Guenthner on bass
Esther Posner on sax and vocals
Rick Bennett on drums
Pete Reiners on guitar and vocals

Also thanks to Eugene Lauria for sound engineering, and Andy Cohen for keyboards and vocals when he's not off at some fancy meeting.