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.***

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

National Cat Day Picture Caption Contest

Apparently, today is National Cat Day in the United States! To celebrate, I thought I'd post a few adorable cat pictures and have a caption contest. There's no prize really-- just a fun time for all! Please suggest captions for the pictures below. Happy captioning and happy cat day!

Picture #1. Courtesy of my boss, a geologist who reads Geokittehs.

Picture #2. Courtesy of my boss, a geologist who reads Geokittehs.

Picture #3. My cat Samira.
Picture #4. My cat Zayna.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Petroleum Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties and Cat

Oh hai wur u readingz dis? Dis is mai book.
Melissa's geokitteh Ingrid Bexar is quite busy reading up on petroleum geology in this book. Ingrid is destined to be a petroleum geokitteh-- her fur matches the book's cover!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I Can Haz Paper Revisions?

I'm currently working on the revisions for my very first first-author scientific publication. Publishing is a long, tedious process (well, for me anyway...), and I'm very excited to finally be close to publishing! The paper is based on one of my PhD thesis chapters. As I've been working on the revisions, my geokitteh Samira has been diligently "helping" me.

Samira spent some time investigating a couple of pages of my PhD thesis earlier this evening. Unfortunately, after only a few minutes of investigation, she fell asleep on top of the thesis:
My PhD thesis makes Samira sleepy.
I guess that it's a good thing that I've re-written my thesis chapter for the paper. Hopefully I've spiced it up a little so that it's less soporific!

Samira also provided help with the reviewer comments. She tells me that they're nothing to worry about. In fact, after taking a look at them for awhile, she settled down and took a bath on top of the comments as well as some of my handwritten notes:
Samira says that she'll clean these comments right up for me... 
I've actually found the reviewer comments to be, for the most part, extremely helpful. So although Samira tells me not to worry, I'm keeping busy responding to the comments in detail. Nevertheless, I do appreciate Samira's support. She helps me to relax and tackle the comments one by one.