My Favorite Geo-Jargon

Write a sentence, read a blog. Write two sentences, delete one of them, isca. Write half a sentence, stare at my outline while thinking about noodles for a few moments, send a message to the scrolling led screen in the courtyard of my pseudo-frat where nobody’s awake. Go to the bathroom and admire the posters along the way. Rinse, lather, repeat. I’m glad I brought provisions for an evening snack, it’s going to be a long afternoon.

In the spirit of procrastination, here are some of my favorite geology words. Remember that these are all technical terms.

  • clayey – this is used interchangeably with its less childish form, “argillaceous”.
  • friable
  • oolitic – there’s a town called Oolitic, Indiana. Holy shit.
  • radiolarian ooze
  • ultramafic – is unhelpful here. Mafic rocks contain lots of magnesium (ma) and iron (fe). Ultramafic rocks are just really really mafic.
  • vuggy – the cool thing about this word is that it’s derived from Cornish.

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