Monday, June 30, 2014

Catpressions #1

Zayna says, "De fuzy blunket is gud for footprintz and napz."
Geologists don't always know what creatures left traces in various rocks. However, I'm pretty sure that I know who left the footprints on the gray blanket in our bedroom the other day... 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Zayna on the Map Pillow

Geokitteh Zayna relaxes on a map pillow.
I've been neglecting Geokittehs (I just realized I only had one post this year before today!) so I thought I'd post twice today to catch up a little.

Over the weekend I bought a couple of wonderful pillows (one of which is shown above) with a map of Africa on them. Like many geologists I know, I like decorating with maps. Geokitteh Zayna heartily approves of the new map pillows and has been seen napping on both of them.

Note: I also shared this picture on my geology blog Georneys here. 

The Geokitteh on the Geology Building

A petrified Geokitteh, watching over the geologists.
Gavin Kenny, a geology student and geoblogger at TCD On the Rocks, sent me this wonderful picture of the facade of the Museum Building at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. The Museum Building houses the college's Geology Department. Quite fittingly, a petrified Geokitteh stands watch over the department. Thanks for sharing this great picture, Gavin! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Catvection

Archibald seems to be convecting- very slowly-- around the side of the book.
Marisa's adorable geokitteh Archibald seems to be showing interest in mantle convection, which is the slow, creeping movement of the Earth's solid silicate mantle caused by convection currents generated by the transfer of heat from Earth's interior to Earth's surface. An intellegent geokitteh, Archibald knows that the Earth's mantle is not molten (liquid) but rather is a slow moving solid, like toothpaste or tar but much, much more viscous ("thick" or resistant to flow) and slow moving. Archibald also knows that mantle convection is responsible for the movement of Earth's tectonic plates, which are carried along by the slow movement of the mantle. Not only does Archibald understand mantle convection, he seems to be imitating it by slowly creeping around the side of the book. Or perhaps that's just catvection, which is the very slow movement of a cat into different positions during napping.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Geokittehs!

Samira and Zayna, the resident mascots here at Geokittehs, wish you a safe, peaceful, and prosperous New Year filled with may wonderful naps:
Sleepy, happy Samira.
Sleepy, happy Zayna... with mouse friend.
There are still several wonderful pictures in the Geokittehs mailbox that need to be shared. I will do my best (with the help of my co-blogger Dana, hopefully!) to catch up on the backlog in 2014. Please keep do sending wonderful Geokitteh pictures. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Schrödinger's Cat #12

I haven't posted a Schrödinger's cat for awhile. Here's an epic one featuring my parents' cat Moxie:

Recycalz da boxez? No. Mai boxez.
Srsly. Mai boxez. 
A couple of months ago, my dad made a pile of cardboard boxes to take to the local recycling center. Before he could take them away, Moxie claimed the pile as her cardboard tower... probably because she had some important physics research to conduct.

My parents still haven't taken the cardboard boxes to the recycling center and now have to explain to visitors while there is a giant pile of boxes in the living room. Geokitteh Moxie has her scientific minions (aka my parents) well trained, I think! 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Z-ayna Fold

The other day my cat Zayna lived up to her name and posed as a Z-fold:
Z-folded Zayna.

Here are a couple of Z-folds in rocks:
Z-fold #1. Picture courtesy of Callan Bentley.
Z-fold #2. Picture courtesy of Callan Bentley.

Maybe soon I'll find my cat Samira in a S-fold, such as the two folds in the rock below:

Double S-fold. Picture courtesy of Siim Sepp.


***Thanks very much to my fellow geobloggers Callan Bentley and Siim Sepp for allowing me to share their pictures of folds in rocks. You can read more about the Z-folds here and the double S-fold  here.***