Prepping for Papua New Guinea...

with Zegrahm Expeditions, leaving in exactly one week. After traveling in polar regions for four-and-a-half months this year, this trip will feel like a tropical vacation! I’m looking forward to snorkeling on some of the most bio-diverse reef systems in the world.

Voyage map: Port Moresby to Rabaul.

Voyage map: Port Moresby to Rabaul.

Seismicity of the convergent tectonic setting (from USGS). Earthquake foci color coded red (shallow) to yellow (deep).

Seismicity of the convergent tectonic setting (from USGS). Earthquake foci color coded red (shallow) to yellow (deep).

Microplates in convergent boundary between Australian and Pacific Plates. From Holm, RJ et al., 2016, Post 8 Ma reconstruction of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands: Earth-Science Reviews.

Microplates in convergent boundary between Australian and Pacific Plates. From Holm, RJ et al., 2016, Post 8 Ma reconstruction of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands: Earth-Science Reviews.

The long flight home...

from one white landscape to another. The numbers: Approximately 9,000 miles on three flights (USH - EZE - DFW - GEG) during a 28 hour long period, not including the final Uber ride. Ugh.

The deeply glaciated terrain of the Beartooth Plateau north of Yellowstone National Park.

The deeply glaciated terrain of the Beartooth Plateau north of Yellowstone National Park.

Geologists should always get window seats...

when traveling on an airplane as demonstrated by these quick pics on the first leg of my travel southward.

East face of Steen’s Mountain in east-central Oregon, catching the morning light.

East face of Steen’s Mountain in east-central Oregon, catching the morning light.

Basin and Range physiography of northern Nevada.

Basin and Range physiography of northern Nevada.

View to west across the high Sierra toward the deeply shadowed Yosemite Valley. Half Dome is prominent.

View to west across the high Sierra toward the deeply shadowed Yosemite Valley. Half Dome is prominent.