45 episodes

James the Geologist and Bryan Baggins dive deeper into various geological topics with rock hammers in one hand and a whiskey on the rocks in the other. Grab a drink, take a seat, and enjoy the conversation with our hosts and esteemed guests.

Stay cool, tune in, and keep it on the rocks! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/geology-on-the-rocks/support

Geology On The Rocks James Hobbs

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

James the Geologist and Bryan Baggins dive deeper into various geological topics with rock hammers in one hand and a whiskey on the rocks in the other. Grab a drink, take a seat, and enjoy the conversation with our hosts and esteemed guests.

Stay cool, tune in, and keep it on the rocks! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/geology-on-the-rocks/support

    Answers You Wanted Questioned!

    Answers You Wanted Questioned!

    Episode 45

    A season finale! This episode closes out season 4 with a dang bang! We finally get around to answering some of the questions we have received, such as jobs and career paths in the geosciences, what our favorite geologic structures are, identifying minerals in the field, types of rocks you might encounter in various depositional settings. Carly even shares with us a story about what happens when you give her a geology fact. Between the bars of our main discussion we present another mineral minute sponsored by the hydrated phosphouranlyte mineral, Dewindtite.

    Until next season, stay tuned, be cool, and keep it on the rocks!


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    DANG! Environmental Ethics

    DANG! Environmental Ethics

    Episode 44!

    DANG! What better start to an episode could you ask for as we begin our discussion discussing tornadoes and drunk pigs? Our main topic discusses some of the most common environmental problems we face today. What makes it difficult is the nature of the "problems" have changed: where such problems were once primarily scientific and technocratic in nature, they are now almost exclusively problems of politics. The future of the environment, at home and abroad, appears less certain than ever before even at a time when its potential to bring serious negative consequences for all humanity is more well-known than ever before. Problems that affect large groups and require collective action are recognized as some of the most perplexing political conundrums. Even outside the context of American politics, the environment presents challenges of a unique character. By their nature, environmental problems are ‘big’ problems that likewise affect ‘big’ groups of people and require ‘big’ solutions. Clean air cannot be achieved merely through the regulation of one industry in one part of the country, or through the passion of one highly motivated group or individuals. Between the bars of our main discussion, we present to you another mineral minute and before signing off we close things out with another That Freaking Rocks. Sprinkled throughout are tangents that we navigate in this environmental conscious and inclusive episode!

    Until next time remember to stay tuned, be cool, and keep it on the rocks!


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Sherock Holmes

    Sherock Holmes

    Episode 43

    In this episode, GOTR takes the skeletons out of their closets and goes on a deep into all things forensic geologies, the mysterious interface between geology and forensics. While there was no exact date when scientific methods were first introduced to solving murders, there is no doubt geology had an early influence. Uniformitarianism is a concept that establishes a crucial link between geologists and forensic scientists, where the use of clues are used to work out a past sequence of events to determine what happened. We go through how a crime scene might be controlled for, and clues are handled. We then cover the various types of evidence forensic geologists might find helpful while finding tangential paths to travel down. Between the bars of our main discussion, we present to you another mineral minute, and on the back half, we close things out with a case full of drugs, government coverups, and murder! So grab your favorite whiskey or drink of your choosing and enjoy!

    Whatever you do, remember to be cool, stay tuned, and keep it on the rocks!


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Desserts & Wine

    Desserts & Wine

    Episode 42

    This delicious episode explores the amazing world of desserts and wine! We sculpt the the auditory landscape by discussing such musings as climatic conditions that create desserts, geographic distribution of the Earth’s desserts, weathering, dunes, and surface morphologies. We do a little talk on each of our favorite deserts and wind are. We navigate how we can use desserts to explore our not so distant past and explore caves, karsts, coprolites, and wall etchings to see how the desserts we see today are not the desserts of the past. Between the bars of our main discussion we present to you another mineral minutes and instead of a that freaking rocks, we talk about dunes! Come join us and get just as lost in the tangents as we do! Some of our favorite characters make an appearance and we introduce to you a few new ones!!

    Until next time be cool, stay tuned, and keep it on the rocks!


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    It's Morphin' Time

    It's Morphin' Time

    Episode 41

    It’s snowing down here in the Lone Star State, and geomorphology is the name of this episode’s game, which is fitting as there is a shift in the landscape here at Geology on the Rocks! Geomorphology, simply put, is just the study of Earth’s landforms and landform evolution. Traditionally, the subject has been studied qualitatively, which is the description of landforms, and quantitatively, which is process-based and aims to describe forces acting on Earth’s surface to produce landforms and landform change. And like every other branch of geology, many sub-disciplines within geomorphology include tectonic, fluvial, storm, aeolian, floodplain, glacial, groundwater, climate, tsunami, and many others. Geomorphologists interpret multiple forms of information from various sources to create a logical and rational argument that is appropriately supported by evidence. 

    But, of course, much of that is going to depend upon the experience and training of the person (or team) making the interpretations. Therefore, interpretation can be thought of as indeterminate of really not having a definite end result as many interpretations might be valid. Combinations of attributes, relationships, processes, drivers, legacy effects, and sequences of events can create these contingent circumstances that are a complex sequence of events in response to particular events. We go on to discuss what mental faculties it takes to make a less wrong interpretations, and on the back half, we apply those techniques. As always, between the bars of our main discussion, we present to you another mineral minute and close things out with a little friendly competition. Let us know who said it best!

    Until next time remember to be cool, stay tuned, and keep it on the rocks!


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Life & Times of the Spiffy BIFs

    The Life & Times of the Spiffy BIFs

    Episode 40

    This episode is dedicated to all those who ever thought that banded iron formations were boring and basic as we here at GotR do a deep dive into these really Spiffy BIFs. We discuss such things as what are they? Where do they come from? Is there any geological significance? What do they tell us? Every time we think that we are going to just have a nice, easy topic, the more and more we read about it and reflect on our own assumptions, it turns out to be so dang complicated and could be several different things at the same time. But we do our best to be as thorough as possible while trying not to get lost in the weeds of this seemingly simple topic. Keep in mind that 1. geology and the history of Earth is a rather complex subject matter, and one should always proceed with caution when interpreting the precipitation mechanisms in BIFs. So take a seat, grab your rock hammers, and favorite whiskey with your favorite podcast duo, and come take an adventure into the wonderful world of BIFs with your favorite podcast!

    Until next time remember to be cool, stay tuned, and keep it on the rocks!


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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

M3ggoMy3ggo ,

GOTR

My big bro and Brian are Very entertaining and educational! I enjoy listening to these episodes. I laugh along and gain knowledge in each episode. Keep up the great work dudes!!

VolcaoneOlivineQuartzGuy ,

Killing it!

Theses guys are really interesting to listen to and help bring the complex goings ons in the geosciences and talks about them in a such a way that makes sense. Good job, guys!!

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