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December 13, 2015 Weekly Weather and Geology Guess

December 13, 2015
Geologic Wish List for Geologic Programs:
1    –    Superstition Mountains, AZ.
5    –    Appalachian Mountains.   Yes, those mountains located east of the Rockies and the Mississippi River.
4    –    Alabama Geology.
1    –    Geomorphology.
“Geomorphology (from Greek: γῆ, ge, “earth”; μορφή, morfé, “form”; and λόγος, logos, “study”) is the scientific study of the origin and evolution of topographic and bathymetric features created by physical, chemical or biological processes operating at or near the earth’s surface. Geomorphologists seek to understand why landscapes look the way they do, to understand landform history and dynamics and to predict changes through a combination of field observations, physical experiments and numerical modeling. Geomorphology is practiced within physical geography, geology, geodesy, engineering geology, archaeology and geotechnical engineering. This broad base of interests contributes to many research styles and interests within the field.”  Wikipedia
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

It is very difficult to just pick one piece of geology and present it without referencing the other related pieces of geology to include geography, mineralogy, petrology, and tectonics.
As shown below I will start with a basic overview of North American Geology, then move into the Geology of the Appalachian Mountains, and finally, try and geologically dissect Alabama.
The oldest rock in North America is 3 Billion Years Old and made up the Laurentian Continent which is the foundation for North American Geology.  Hopefully, I will try and be briefer, before my mind shorts out.
KISS = “Keep It Simple Stupid”
Homework Assignment > At least read the Wikipedia article about the Geology of North America.  If time permits, the North American videos are educational and entertaining.


Warning:    This session could ramble on for weeks, if not months.  Let me know if I need to unplug for group sanity.  R


Last Week On the Bluff:

–    73 was the high and 39 was the low and an average of 55.
–    Humidity ranged from 27% to 99%, with an average of 75%.
–    Rainfall total on the Bluff was 0.
–    Maximum wind gust was 16 mph. 
Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week
–    75 is the forecast high and 31 is the forecast low.
–    1.6 inches of rain is forecast for the week.
–    Rain of some type this Sunday Night and Monday morning.
–    Mixed bag for the rest of the week.
–    Possibility of rain on Thursday.

Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:

NWS, Huntsville, AL:
NWS, Birmingham, AL:
NWS, Mobile, AL:    


Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340.

(for Detailed Graphical Forecast)
Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham.
(Just wander around the state to pick your closest weather station).


Weather Forecast by AccuWeather  (Pick your time, day, or month)
Space Weather.


Minerals and Rocks – The Good Life from the Ground
“If it ain’t grown, it has to be mined”
The Origins of North American Geology
Part 1:  North American Geologic Origins
Part 2:  Origins of North American Life
Geology of North America

Geology of the Appalachian Mountains
Geology of Alabama
Basic Geology of Alabama

Overview of the Geology of Alabama by Geological Survey of Alabama

Geologic Map Overview of Regional Geology of Alabama, Southern US, and North America attached.  There will be more readable detailed maps of Alabama when we start tearing the state apart into physiographic provinces.
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The rights belong to their respective owners”
Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.


Author’s Request:  If you see any pictures that you know the source and photographer, let me know immediately.  Thanks!  R

Images have been searched by TinEye Reverse Image Search.


Have A Great Week!
US Geo. Map

Geologic Map of the US


Geologic and Road Map of the Southern US, including Alabama

AL Geo. Base Map_lg

Geologic Map of Alabama

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