We’d like to think that scientific measurement is a fairly straightforward undertaking. It’s really not. Just spend a day surveying underground.Read more "Caving In El Malpais, Part 2: Making Measurements"
There’s nothing like a pilgrimage home — even if you’ve made the trip a thousand times.Read more "Back Home: Gallup, New Mexico"
Is subjective delight justification enough for making a metaphorical connection between the disparate realms of botany and minerology? Or must there be some instrumental value?Read more "Living Crystals, Part 2"
Post-Gila journal extract: A meditation on the similarities between plants and crystals.Read more "Living Crystals"
There’s a radical transformation that takes place for those who descend into the caves of southeast New Mexico’s Guadalupe Mountains — as if the world were changing before your very eyes.Read more "Caving In The Guadalupes, Part 2: Hallowed Ground"
Hikers who make the effort to head down to the Gila will be rewarded with an incredible array of terrains, from slot canyons to meadows to 10,000-foot peaks. This stunning variety is largely thanks to a quartet of supervolcanoes!Read more "The Gila’s Sleeping Giants"
The landscape around Grants, New Mexico is dominated by volcanic extrusions. Where did all this stuff come from? When was it ejected onto the Earth’s surface? Why here?Read more "Where Did All Of El Malpais’ Lava Come From?"