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Photo of the Week # 41

I am furiously writing my Ph.D thesis at the moment. I am close to submitting. I swear! Although, everyone I know says I sound like a broken record when I say this.

Anyway, while I have been doing all this writing I haven’t had much time for blogging, for which I apologize. However, in the interest of breathing some life into this dusty old thing I have decided to re-introduce the photo of the week series. Only this time I’ll be mostly using pics from the EGU geology image repository Imaggeo. It’s fantastic and totally open access!

To get things started lets all admire this really cool example of long range dust transport from the Sahara desert to Greece. While this photo is at the micro scale. I can just imagine this same image as an aerial view of dust blowing across the ocean and the sand in the background as the coastline.

Photo: Konstantinos Kourtidis, Demokritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece Saharan dust was transported northwards, and is visible on this outdoor table in Xanthi, Northeastern Greece. The dust was brought down by a rain shower on the morning of the 23rd of March, and, as the rain evaporated, dust became visible on the objects the rain had fell on. (link)


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.