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Fun with crumbling infrastructure

One of my kids — let’s just call her the one in the top middle — likes to visit abandoned places. This would be cool, except for the part where abandoned places are almost always heavily posted with “danger” and “no trespassing” signs, and I’m tired of having the “we could just climb through that […]

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The Gold Rush Returns to California

ON THE OUTSKIRTS of the northern California town of Grass Valley, a massive concrete silo looms over the weeds and crumbling pavement. Nearby, unseen, a mine shaft drops 3,400 feet into the earth. These are the remains of Grass Valley’s Idaho-Maryland Mine, a relic from the town’s gold mining past. Numerous mines like this one once […]

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Ginger tea with a dash of habanero sauce

It is possible to have a mild migraine. I would never say this out loud because people would start throwing things at me. I’m only saying it on my blog because I know how difficult it is to throw a rotten tomato through a computer screen. People feel pretty strongly about this. Evidently, if you’re […]

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How to speed up geologic time

Most cliff faces are carved by nature over millions of years. Wind and water can cut through and tear down a landscape or a mountain, but it takes a very, very long time for the elements to create something like the Grand Canyon or the sandstone arches of Moab, Utah. Then humans come along and […]

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