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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #195: Geology In Action!

04.17.13

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

On the fourth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Geology In Action!



Oh, how we do like to build things... and then tear those things down... and then build more things on top of those
other things. We have so many things! And at the same time, we have fewer and fewer places to put them. All
this working and re-working must inevitably take its toll. Indeed, human activity has now so thoroughly altered the
landscape (not to mention the seascape and the, er, airscape) that the combined effects of our actions may be
considered as markers of a new geologic epoch. Some have proposed that we call this new division the
Anthropocene, while others feel that it would be more accurate to simply call it the Dumbassic.

But regardless of one's opinion on the naming, it is hard to argue against this idea that the human legacy (if not
necessarily we humans ourselves) will persist on geologic time scales. One can't help but wonder what our
contribution will look like to a geologist millions and millions of years hence: our buildings, our infrastructure and
our bodies–this whole human construction project–compacted into yet another layer in the stratigraphic record.

It's all so very hard to take in, but the only proper place for us to start is atop one of our most impressive
geologic achievements: a massive conglomeration of poorly sorted allochthonous material, rich in organic
matter, some 300 feet thick. So that is exactly where we will go tonight! Along the way, you may expect some
stunning views, brief historical asides and encounters with forces both natural and supernatural.

It's about 30 miles this week, with a substantial hill, half a mile of dirt roads (which you may walk if you choose)
and two short hikes down rather steep dirt hillsides. If you are riding with clipless shoes, you will want to either
bring some spare footwear or be prepared to do some very careful scooting down those slopes. Don't say we
didn't warn you!

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