I’ve been writing a lot for Eos magazine and last fall, I talked my editors into starting a new feature column called Living in Geologic Time, “a series of personal accounts that highlight the past, present, and future of famous landmarks on geologic timescales.”
The first installment, on the past, present and future of the Grand Canyon: Will Earth’s Grandest Canyon Keep Getting Grander? was published in November. The story was based on my experience on a 20-day rafting trip on the Colorado that I took in September and October, as well as discussions with USGS geologists about the future of the Grand Canyon.
The second installment—Climbing the Occasionally Cataclysmic Cascades—is out today:
So far, I’ve stood on top of about half of the major high points of the Cascades, and I intend to keep climbing. This spring I’m aiming to ski Mount Shasta! After all, there’s no telling how long the Cascade volcanoes will be gracious hosts. “The eight volcanoes that are considered to be the highest threat have all erupted in the [past] 7,000 years, and we would expect them all to erupt again within that kind of time frame,” says Cascades Volcano Observatory researcher Seth Moran.
Stay tuned for the next installment in April! Any guesses where it might be? Any requests for future columns?
Miss EARTH magazine? Me too! RIP. I’ve been writing for Eos since EARTH shuttered last winter. Here are link to some of my recent Eos stories on the Fluid Pressure Changes Grease Cascadia’s Slow Aseismic Earthquakes and Tracking the Grand Canyon’s Mysterious Springs. You can also search for Mary Caperton Morton at Eos.org to see all my stories from 2019 to the present. Thanks for reading!
So good to hear/read from you again! 🙂
Thanks Pit! I’m still here, doing my thing: hiking and writing! You are right, this poor neglected blog is overdue for an update! I’ll work on that. But right now it’s sunny here in the beautiful southern Sierras and I’m going hiking! 🙂
Go hiking! The blog can wait! 🙂
Thanks, btw, for the link to your article on the Grand Canyon. My wife and I were there last September, she in a wheelchair at that time, unfortunately. That’s why we are really planning to go back, hopefully this autumn.
I’m glad to know that your out and about and using your voice to inform us about what we all need to know more about. I look forward to reading Eos. I for one would like to about Lake Missoula’s breaches and their results upon the Columbia basin.
Hello, great to see you posting on blonde coyote again. How is Dio ? I love the story about how you found him
Dio’s great. Aging like a fine wine… he still goes on most of my hikes. We just went for an all day hike up Blue Mountain, in the foothills of the Sierras. Probably 8 miles round trip, up about 3,000 feet of elevation. Not bad for an almost octogenarian… he’ll be 12 this summer.
That’s great to hear, he has had quite a life !
It seems a long time since I’ve read a post from you. I seem to recall telling you about my kids’ reactions to a tarantula . . . and maybe dinosaur footprints? Sketchy memory!
Hi Mary, so good to hear of your travels again and am so pleased Dio is good and healthy to go with you. I shall look forward to more posts especially your travels to the Grand Canyon, a place I have always wanted to see for myself. Take care and enjoy your very exciting life.