This blog provides commentary on interesting geological events occurring around the world in the context of my own work. This work is, broadly, geological fluid dynamics. The events that I highlight here are those that resonate with my professional life and ideas, and my goal is to interpret them in the context of ideas I've developed in my research. The blog does not represent any particular research agenda. It is written on a personal basis and does not seek to represent the University of Illinois, where I am a professor of geology and physics. Enjoy Geology in Motion! I would be glad to be alerted to geologic events of interest to post here! I hope that this blog can provide current event materials that will make geology come alive.

Banner image is by Ludie Cochrane..

Susan Kieffer can be contacted at s1kieffer at gmail.com

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hare Ball!

Time magazine on-line posted 12 photos from an "art in science" competition today, and I found this one to be really neat! It's a desert hare struggling to stay warm on a cold morning (left) by closing down into a position that minimizes the surface to volume ratio and preserves body heat.  When the sun warmed him up (right) he resumed the more normal position in which his large ears and extended limbs can function to get rid of the excess body heat normally encountered in desert environments.

No comments: