Real Whales are not the Same as Cartoon Whales

Reading my news feeds this morning while eating breakfast, I came across Gizmodo’s repost of the article “Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes Nor are Their Throats and Blowhole Connected.”  I have to admit that my first reaction was “you mean people don’t already know that?”  But in fairness, not everyone spent […]

Choosing a Notebook

Does it matter what kind of notebook you use for your field journal?  Probably not, although there are features of some certain journals that are probably better for some uses than other journals would be.  My very first field journal was given to me by my science-teacher uncle when I flew by myself to Kansas […]


A Acre – 43,560ft2 Acre-foot – (Acre-ft, AF, AC-FT) The volume of water that would cover one acre of land (43,560 square feet, about the size of an average football field) to a depth of one foot, equivalent to 325,851 gallons of water. An acre-foot is the basic measure of agricultural water use. The average […]

Stratigraphic Photogrammetry: Part 2 – A Quick Proof of Concept

I’ve been moving along, making progress on my methodology for stratigraphic photogrammetry. I don’t remember just off of the top of my head, but I think that the actual title of the paper is something like A Method for the Use of a Non-Metric Digital Camera in Stratigraphic Photogrammetry. I present the paper (which I will post […]

Stratigraphic Photogrammetry: Part 1 – Calculations for Photometrics on the Olympus C-750

For the last few months, I have been working on a methodology for using terrestrial photogrammetry techniques in capturing stratigraphic profiles. The original idea for this came on the Wenas Mammoth dig (which I wrote about on 10 August 2005), when we were not sure, at one point, if our trench, cut into a wall […]

Desirable Watershed Conditions

The capture, storage, and beneficial release of water. The Watershed Manager’s Mantra To achieve the watershed manager’s goal of capturing, storing, and releasing water in a safe and beneficial way, he must: Maintain vegetation on the site sufficient for absorbing the energy of precipitation (so raindrops hit leaves and dissipate their energy – raindrops splatter soil, […]