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Comment: Kitchen counter geology: Bringing rock identification to a new audience

Teaching professionals in the natural stone industry to identify rock types proved a rewarding experience for both the students and the teacher.

05 Jun 2017

Slipping point: Snow scientists dig in to decipher avalanche triggers

Scientists are studying avalanche triggers to understand how, where and when avalanches may occur. They’re starting to get a handle on the structure of packed snow and how avalanches fail and propagate.

15 Feb 2016

Travels in Geology: Skiing into the heart of an Andean Volcano

What is it like to descend into a volcanic caldera? The author — a geoscience education consultant and ski instructor — travels to South America to find out.

17 Mar 2015

Andean ski volcanoes

The caldera of Volcán Puyehue is an amazing experience, but it’s not for the uninitiated. Several other Andean volcanoes offer brilliant skiing and genuine adventure in a more straightforward setting. Here are three popular options in the region.

17 Mar 2015

Getting there and getting around the Andean Volcanoes

The towns of Puerto Montt, Temuco and Osorno make suitable jumping-off points for the region, and all are accessed via a short (and scenic!) flight on LAN Airlines south from Santiago, Chile. The volcano ski season lasts from early September through mid-October.

 
17 Mar 2015