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Stereotypically, geologists are boring men with beards who talk about rocks, but you've made geology seem very accessible and completely fascinating. Was this one of your aims when writing the book?I feel passionately that geology is the most romantic of sciences, as well as being of the most profound importance. The field trips I went on in the Scottish Hebrides, and later in East Africa and the Americas, were times of absolute wonder and great happiness. The opportunity to visit some of the loneliest and most ruggedly beautiful places on earth, with scientists who had the uncanny gift of knowing just why these rugged and beautiful places were exactly as they were, remains a great privilege. If I can communicate, through the story of William Smith, any hint of the great romance of this small and exclusive company of the world's earthwatchers, then I will have succeeded.
You DO NOT need a beard but it helps to have hair on you head. The sun can cause sever burns. I never like to wear hats, even when in the field now and Texas is hot.
QuoteYou DO NOT need a beard but it helps to have hair on you head. The sun can cause sever burns. I never like to wear hats, even when in the field now and Texas is hot.Here, here. Not only is Texas hot (maybe not as much this year as during solar peaks), but, here in the great swamp of Houston, you can almost swim in the humidity.
Oh, The traffic - let me tell you .....I HATE the place.You have my deepest sympathies.