By Chris Seminack, Jesse Thornburg, and Steve Peterson
Three geologists sit down and tackle the topics that no one else dares to touch.
#155 - The Oceans
Oceans take up 71% of the surface area on Earth. They’re kind of a big deal. Here we talk some facts about the Earth’s oceans and discuss how important they are from influencing climate to housing ecosystems.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can be found in many people’s homes. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Here we discuss where radon comes from and what you can do to remediate ...
Mauna Loa starting erupting for the first time since 1984. We talk all about the eruption and the mechanics of Hawaiian volcanoes.
Steve and Chris take Jesse’s Sedimentary Environments exam. See how they fair in this week’s episode.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of sediment accommodation in depositional environments.
This week’s episode is literally too cool for school. We’re talking about the Laurentide Ice Sheet and ice ages.
In this spooky, Halloween appropriate podcast, we break down some of the mysterious stories related to the Bermuda Triangle and how geologic phenomena can debunk some of the supernatural theories.
We discuss the geology of Loch Ness, one of the largest lakes, located in the Scottish Highlands. And of course we discuss how the Loch Ness Monster is tied to the geology of the area.
You asked for it and we delivered. This is probably the most requested episode we've gotten. We sit down with some popcorn and comment on the blockbuster 1990s film Dante's Peak.
We go through some of our favorite US National Parks and a little bit of the geology relating to those parks.
This week’s episode is a Patreon request. The Long Valley Caldera is located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. We talk about the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada and the relatively recent activity at the Long Valley Caldera.
Everything Mediterranean Sea is the topic of this episode of the Flannelcast. We talk about the formation of this mighty water body and how it dried up for a bit about 5 million years ago.
The Gaia Hypothesis proposes that the Earth acts like a living entity as a whole, keeping things like atmospheric and oceanic chemistry regulated.
We talk about a new mineral classification scheme proposed based on how minerals form.
The Silurian Hypothesis is a thought experiment that discuses what the geologic signature would be if there was a advanced civilization on Earth hundreds millions of years ago.
We talk about volcanic hazards and all the different ways you can die from a volcanic eruption.
Alfred Russell Wallace is the most famous scientist that you’ve never heard of. We talk about his work, the Wallace Line, and how he inspired Darwin.
We talk all about lakes in this episode… the biggest, the highest, the oldest, the dirtiest.
It turns out that plate tectonics may be really important for life, especially for cycling nutrients.
The Taos Hum is an unexplained phenomena in north-central New Mexico.
We cover the highlights of Alaska geology in this episode. Brought to you by a Patreon request.
We break down those strange and mysterious intraplate volcanoes known as hot spots in this episode.
You asked, and we answered in this listener question episode.
This week’s episode is a Patreon requested topic - cool stuff along the coastal plain. We talk specifically about interesting features along the US southeast Atlantic coastal plain.
Lake Nyos is a crater lake in Cameroon with a deadly past. In 1986 it released a huge amount of carbon dioxide, killing 1,746 people.
We talk about a new study that suggests what time of year the Chicxulub Impact hit Earth 66 million years ago.
In honor of the Winter Olympics ending last week we decided to devote an episode to the sport that incorporates geology the most... curling.
The James Webb Space Telescope just sent back it’s first images. This episode is devoted to the most powerful telescope ever built.
This week, we talk about how super mountains could have led to spikes in evolution, including the Cambrian Life Explosion.
in this episode, we talk about some hazardous minerals that you may want to keep out of your collection
This week's episode is about how humans have permanently altered the course of two rivers.
The Flannelcasters talk about the different types of clay, how it forms, and industrial uses of clay.
We’re back from our brief hiatus. This episode is all about our favorites in geology - our favorite field trip, favorite geologist, and even favorite delta, just to name a few.
Happy Winter Solstice! The Flannelcasters talk about the history and geology of Stonehenge and how it related to the Winter Solstice.
The flying fickle finger of fate has picked this week’s topic - surface water. We cover everything from drainage basins to meanders to base level.
The Flannelcasters talk about the history and hazards associated with the group of minerals known as asbestos.
In the second installment of the coastal geology miniseries, we talk about how tides work.
The Flannelcasters break down the basics of coastlines in the first installment of a coastal geology miniseries.
Ted Bobik joins us on the Flannelcast to talk about his work on the Eocene-Oligiocene Transition.
The Flannelcasters talk about the potential causes of the late Devonian extinction, as well as it’s extent.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone is located off the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada. It is responsible for the formation of the Cascade Mountains. Geologists believe a magnitude 9.0 earthquake could occur in the near future along this ...
Happy Halloween everybody! We share some spooky geology stories in this episode.
The Adirondack Mountains are located in northern New York, but their formation is completely unrelated to the nearby Appalachian Mountains.
La Palma is a volcano is the Canary Islands that has recently been active.
The Flannelcasters talk about the largest underwater volcanic eruption ever recorded, off the coast of Mayotte.
The Flannelcasters talk about the Well of Hell in Yemen, and some other notable sinkholes around the world.
The Great Unconformity in some locations has nearly a billion years of missing time in the rock record. We talk about what it is and new insights on how it formed.
This week the Flannelcasters talk about the Kola Superdeep Borehole - the deepest borehole ever drilled by humans, extended nearly 12 km below the surface of the Earth.
The Flannelcasters talk about the cause of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the resulting damage, and positive changes resulting from the earthquake.
In this week's episode the Flannelcasters talk about clastic sedimentary environments. Then they finish up the episode talking about Mars rovers.