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GeoPoll # 2 – What geologic attraction would you like to see most?

The first geopoll was a huge success!! I was completely floored by the overwhelming number of responses and the time and care people took to give their opinion. The results of the last poll showed, overwhelmingly, that field work is of paramount importance to a good geology education. In fact, the top two choices with 160 and 157 votes apiece both involved taking students to the field. The third place choice was: an exposure to a wide variety of geologic disciplines. Clearly, the geoscience community is very aware of the integrated nature of our science and the importance of universities producing well rounded geoscientists that take a holistic view of problems. Finally, beer got 76 votes as an indispensable part of geology.

Sad, but true. (Glacial Till Blog)

For poll number two we enter the field. When I travel I always love to go places that offer attractions of the geologic kind as well. I have been lucky to have visited several places on this list and I think going to places and understanding how they formed and their unique geologic history is a very enriching experience and makes the trip even better. Most geoscientists that I speak to have a list of places that they want to go. So that is the question for this poll. Which geologic attraction is highest on your list to visit.

The Grand Canyon from the South Rim (Photo: Wikimedia Commons by Roger Bolsius)

Obviously, I can’t include them all so feel free to add yours in the comment box and I’ll do my best to add it as an option in the poll. Or, if you’d like to debate the merits of your choice back it up in the comments. To see the way the winds of choice are blowing click the view results link at the bottom of the poll. By the way, you only get to vote once on this one so make it count!

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Matt Herod is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on the geochemistry of iodine and the radioactive isotope iodine-129. His work involves characterizing the cycle and sources of 129I in the Canadian Arctic and applying this to long term radioactive waste disposal and the effect of Fukushima fallout. His project includes field work and lab work at the André E. Lalonde 3MV AMS Laboratory. Matt blogs about any topic in geology that interests him, and attempts to make these topics understandable to everyone. Tweets as @GeoHerod.


  1. Although the Grand Canyon is always on my list, I voted for a place I haven’t visited and am likely to see. Might see the GC again before going to Mt. St. Helens, though, who knows. Great poll!

  2. Like Silver Fox, Grand Canyon is at the top of my list but I’ve been there a lot. I voted for the place I most want to see that I haven’t visited, so Iceland it was! Good post.

  3. Loihi seamount at the base of Mauna Loa. Specifically to Pele’s Pit, the youngest of the three depressed areas at the summit of the new volcano. I would make it a point to collect some of the basalt. Loihi is 3000 ft. below sea level, so there’s that to deal with.

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