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Are curious about your home — your home planet, that is? Welcome to the podcast that explains it all, It’s Sedimentary, My Dear. Every other week, hosts Jane and Ellen “dig deep” into the secrets buried in the rocks and minerals that make up planet Earth.

It's Sedimentary, My Dear: A Geology Podcas‪t‬ Ellen & Jane

    • Earth Sciences
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Are curious about your home — your home planet, that is? Welcome to the podcast that explains it all, It’s Sedimentary, My Dear. Every other week, hosts Jane and Ellen “dig deep” into the secrets buried in the rocks and minerals that make up planet Earth.

    Episode 10: Glaciers - Do you want to build a really big snowman?

    Episode 10: Glaciers - Do you want to build a really big snowman?

    Hosts Jane and Ellen finish each other’s… sandwiches in this “Frozen” episode about glaciers. Glaciers are a body of moving ice that has been formed on land by the compaction and recrystallization of snow. They take forms like valley, ice sheet, or outlet, because, really, who’s going to tell them not to. Learn why glaciers are more likely to form at the equator than at 30 degrees latitude north and south, and find out how glacial budget has its pluses and minuses. Let it go and enjoy this frosty episode.

    Our main source for this episode is Process geomorphology (5th ed.), Ritter, Kochel, & Miller.
    Music for It’s Sedimentary, My Dear is provided by Solar Sleighs.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact us through our website sedimentarymydear.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 9: Baby, It’s Coal Outside

    Episode 9: Baby, It’s Coal Outside

    We’re devoting this episode to the season’s most dreaded stocking stuffer, coal. Travel back in time to the Paleozoic era, where coal starts as rotten plants. Add heat, pressure, and time, and quick as a wink from old Saint Nick - you’ve got coal! And like Santa’s naughty or nice list, learn how coal is graded into four types: lignite, sub bituminous, bituminous, and anthracite. Return to the present, where coal provides 38.5% of the world’s electrical power, and glimpse at the future of alternative fuels. BYO hot chocolate. 

    Sources:How is Steel Produced? by the World Coal Association: https://www.worldcoal.org/coal/uses-coal/how-steel-produced
    Annual Energy Review by the US Energy Information Administration: https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/ 
    How Much Do You Consume? by the US Department of Energy: https://www.energy.gov/articles/how-much-do-you-consume  

    Music for It’s Sedimentary, My Dear is provided by Solar Sleighs.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact us through our website sedimentarymydear.com.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 8: Tsunamis

    Episode 8: Tsunamis

    What’s big and deadly, and travels faster than a jet plane? It’s a tsunami. Hosts Jane and Ellen explain how ocean waves become tsunamis. They talk about the basic properties of waves, and the differences between tidal waves and tsunamis. They also talk about some famous tsunamis. (Spoiler alert - don’t expect a happy ending.)
    Sources:
    Introduction to Oceanology by Paul Webb, offered online by Roger Williams Universityhttps://rwu.pressbooks.pub/webboceanography/chapter/chapter-10-waves/ 
    Japan Revives a Sea Barrier That Failed to Hold by Norimitsu Onishi for The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/world/asia/japan-revives-a-sea-barrier-that-failed-to-hold.html 
    Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Kenneth Pletcher for Encyclopedia Brittanica Onlinehttps://www.britannica.com/event/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-of-2011

    Tsunami alert twitter feeds from the US National Weather Service:
    https://twitter.com/NWS_NTWC 
    https://twitter.com/NWS_PTWC 

    Music for It’s Sedimentary, My Dear is provided by Solar Sleighs.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact us through our website sedimentarymydear.com.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 7: Missouri Geology Field Trip - Elephant Rocks State Park

    Episode 7: Missouri Geology Field Trip - Elephant Rocks State Park

    Jane interrupts our scheduled discussion of tsunamis to take us on a Magic Schoolbus-like field trip to Missouri’s Elephant Rocks State Park. Along the way we learn a bit about Missouri’s history, and culture (mort importantly the three Bs of St. Louis: Beer, Blues, and Barbeque). We also learn cool stuff about the geology of this Gateway to the West state. Granite domes & tors abound! And in the immortal words of Miss Frizzle, “Seatbelts, everyone!”
    Our sources for this episode are:
    Process geomorphology (5th ed.), Ritter, Kochel, & Miller.
    Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (9th ed.), by Tarbuck & Lutgens
    The Missouri State Parks page for elephant rocks state park: https://mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park
    Field Trip No. 6: Rapakivi Granites and Related Rocks in the St. Francois Mountains Southeast Missouri by Kisvarsanyi and Hebrank
    Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri, 2nd ed, revised by Vineyard

    Music for It’s Sedimentary, My Dear is provided by Solar Sleighs.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact us through our website sedimentarymydear.com.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 6: Earthquakes — Shimmy Shaken, Not Stirred

    Episode 6: Earthquakes — Shimmy Shaken, Not Stirred

    So you think you’ve got problems… imagine what happens when the earth’s crust is under stress and strain. Learn about the forces that cause earthquakes, and how structural geologists measure them. This episode is guaranteed to give you the shimmy shakes. (Guarantee not legally enforceable, but it’s still pretty cool.)
    Our main source for this episode is Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology (9th ed.), by Tarbuck & Lutgens
    Music for It’s Sedimentary, My Dear is provided by Solar Sleighs.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Episode 5: Rocks That Kill — a Halloween Spooktackular

    Episode 5: Rocks That Kill — a Halloween Spooktackular

    In this episode, we learn that some rocks have more than a killer attitude — they’re actually deadly. Lock all the doors and turn down the lights as hosts Jane and Ellen tell spooktacular tales about the many horrible ways rocks can kill you. Whatever you do, don’t listen to this episode…alone! Bwahaha! ☠️
    Our sources for this episode are:
    Killer Clothing Was All the Rage in the 19th Century, by Becky Little for National Geographic
    Arsenic Pills and Lead Foundation: The history of toxic Makeup, by Becky Little for National Geographic
    Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals, by Chris Pellant

    Music for It’s Sedimentary, My Dear is provided by Solar Sleighs.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact us through our website sedimentarymydear.com.
    WARNING: In this episode, we talk about minerals that are dangerous to human health. If you choose to handle or experiment with them, you do so at your own risk. If you do, we recommend handling them in a lab setting under the supervision of a trained professional.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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Alamo_brass ,

Geology is the best science!!

Thank you for sharing the wonder that is geology! The explanations are wide-ranging, yet concise, and the presentations make the science of geology readily accessible to the listener. Love the use of non-jargon-y terms like referring to lithification as the ‘hot squish’. Keep up the great work, and looking forward to more episodes.

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