Geologists Rock

A lot of damage has been done to the image of geologists in recent years as a result of the appalling behaviour of Ian Plimer and Bob Carter. Both of them have had no compunction about defaming scientists from other fields and lying about research.  Although some of the prominent climate deniers around the world come from other fields, there is no doubt that geologists are over-represented.

However, we shouldn’t let this fact damn the whole profession. Even the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has endorsed the IPCC’s work on climate change (although they were the last large scientific organisation to do so). Now Mike Sandiford, a professor of geology at Melbourne University and a siesmologist, has written one of the best opinion pieces I have read on solar power. Go read it.

About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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2 Responses to Geologists Rock

  1. OK, admit it, you’ve been hanging out to use that headline haven’t you. I’m now waiting for “Organic Chemistry Lives!” and “(K)not Topologists Too!”, followed perhaps my “Quantum Physicists Might…” 😉

    My aunt and uncle spent a decade living in a solar village about an hour out of Darwin where they had no grid-connected utilities at all, using battery-backed solar power supplemented with diesel and wind pumped bore water (with bottled water for direct drinking – the bore water tasted a bit weird because of the minerals). I spent some time there and it was a lovely place but did require a fair bit of science/engineering know-how to deal with the windmill, batteries, diesel, PV cells, etc. My uncle is an engineer so he had no problems with the technology but it’s great to see the know-how needed is getting less over time as well as cheaper, so more people can access it more easily. (Incidentally, my uncle spent years running the Darwin Power and Water corp (see OwenPeake – half way down) while he lived off the grid which I always thought was hilarious!)

    I must admit the bit in the article about the organic PV cells printed on similar substrate to our currency had me imagining everybody being encouraged to peg their money on the washing line on hot days! OK, so it’s silly but it’s a great photo op if you ever write a whole article about that technology 🙂

    I may be a little loopier than usual, I think this virus I have is messing with my head … take with grain of salt.


  2. Hi Ricky, love the suggestions. Not sure I’ll ever get to use the Topologists one, but maybe the other two. A friend of mine, who is studying geology, has an email signature that lists her as a rockologist.

    We were talking about this on the weekend, so it probably promoted the headline – I can’t say I’ve been planning to use it for years. She’s also now a junior partner at Above Quota Elections and I pointed out that she is that very rare thing; a double psephologist. I suspect that is one of the most nerdy jokes every made.

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