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Initial post: Aug 13, 2010 4:41:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2010 9:36:03 PM PST
Okay, I got your attention. But isn't it the truth? What do I mean by rule. You need water? Geology. You want to talk about soil? Start with Geology. Discussion of climate change? Can't discount Historical Geology.
Material for, and assessment of your new house location? Geology.
Hundreds dead in this landslide, more dead from that flood? (Engineering Geology and hydrology: bad location, again). Like your car? (Mining) Geology. EQ tears apart your SoCal town? You know the answer. We can talk quantum physics all day, and discuss how horrible o-chem was for medical school, but whatever happened to Geology? I think I know. Your thoughts?

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 2:15:01 PM PDT
K. Battor says:
Where I live, here in Kansas City (missouri), Stupidity rules over geology. The city is rather hilly. At rush hour on snowy days, the traffic lights on the tops of hills are always red. You have to almost run the light or get stuck. Of course the next light turns red right when you get to it. So stupidity trumps any force of nature.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 4:53:10 PM PDT
If you want stupidity on the road during rush hour, come visit CA. No stop lights needed!
You've got the New Madrid fault nearby to consider, and you had the Great Flood of '93 that KC survived pretty well, but a 7.2 just hit New Zealand's South Island today; I'll bet you'd take stupid lights over collapsed buildings!
See on Amazon the book Missouri Geology: Three Billion Years of Volcanoes, Seas, Sediment and Erosion (1992).
The great thing about geology is that it's pretty much everywhere, and most people don't know what lies up in those hills, right under their noses.

Thanks for posting.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 7:20:27 PM PDT
K. Battor says:
Yeah, I heard about the New Madrid fault but that is part of the environment. Stupidity kills more people than anything else (see World War I).

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 11:43:55 AM PDT
I'll agree with the stupidity part. Why on earth would anyone want to live on an active volcano, or in a fault splay? Then the people living there believe the rest of the world should feel bad for them because their house is gone, or they were buried in debris. I'm sorry but when you choose to live in an area with these natural hazards don't cry to the rest of the world because the earth moved on you. You decided that's where you wanted to live, and I'll stay in a relativly stable location with out all the activity.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 12:21:22 PM PDT
So you think that the impoverished of this planet actually chose or decided to live in geologically hazardous regions of the Earth?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 12:35:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2010 12:38:49 PM PDT
No they don't choose to live there. That is what they were born into. I'm talking about those who move to these locations because of the view or because movies where made there. I have a feeling that the impoverished people of our planet would move else where if they could afford to do so and were educated about the risks of living in these areas. If you were told you are living in an area where the mountain is going to fall on you and were given the chance to move to a better and safer location would you choose to move or stay? I understand many people around the world don't have this option, but then there are those who like to think that the earth is a controlable thing that won't hurt them.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 5:50:51 PM PDT
If someone said you could live as a very wealthy individual with your family in SF, CA (knowing the history of earthquake activity in that city) AND you had earthquake insurance for a luxurious 5 bedroom home that was paid for, would you rather live in Ruby, Wisconsin, or SF?
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