- I get to climb around on rocks and balance myself in precarious positions.
- I get to wear field boots,
- and field sandals (see above).
- I get to fly around in helicopters and stay out in the field all night when idiot pilots forget to pick me up.
- I get to have a breccia collection.
- I get to find v.g. (visible gold) out in the middle of nowhere (well, near Beatty, NV in this case).
- I get to stop at roadcuts and look at rocks, which I've been doing at least since I was 5 (my first memory of a roadcut was from age 5, a particular slaty cut in eastern Nevada).
- I get to have strange geology dreams.
- I get to write geology poems and geology songs.
- I get to find faults everywhere, and it's a good thing, not a bad thing.
- I get to travel, even on days off.
- I get to go mapping.
- I get to find geology everywhere I go, even on vacation.
- I get to work in the desert, with snakes and things.
- I get paid to drive and paid to eat.
Menard, H. W., and Tanya Atwater, 1968, Changes in direction of sea floor spreading. Nature, v. 219, p. 463-467. Reprinted in Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, p. 412-419, W. H. Freeman Co. San Francisco, 1973.
Atwater, Tanya, 1970, Implications of plate tectonics for the Cenozoic tectonic evolution of western North America. Bull. Geol. Soc. Amer., v. 81, p. 3513-3536. Reprinted in Plate Tectonics and Geomagnetic Reversals, p. 583-609, W. H. Freeman Co., San Francisco, 1973. Reprinted in U.C.S.D., Scripps Inst. Oceanography., Contributions, Vol. 40, Part 2, p. 1249-1271, 1970.
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