jamiesminerals:

Malachite

Cu2CO3(OH)2

Western Australia

Size: H:5cm x W:12.5cm x D: 4cm

Wet photos of banded malachite displaying different hues of green. The gradual rise and fall of the water table allows for chemical precipitation forming thin bands of the copper carbonate mineral.

Malachite is the most gorgeous mineral and don’t let anyone tell you different!

(via pyroclasticandrea)


The wedding rings me and my husband ordered. They’re geologically badass - a mix of dinosaur bone and meteorite. I call them our mass extinction rings. So awesome, and comfy, and not a bad price considering. 
They were done by Jewelery by Johan

The wedding rings me and my husband ordered. They’re geologically badass - a mix of dinosaur bone and meteorite. I call them our mass extinction rings. So awesome, and comfy, and not a bad price considering.
They were done by Jewelery by Johan


shychemist:

cdlafere:

beanerschnitzel:

ponytailwhippingnacho:

christophool:

vorticity007:

supaslim:

Guys, let me tell you about orcas.
Orca whales are mean motherfuckers. They cruise the oceans with only two things in mind: one, having sex, and two, eating every poor fuck they find out there that’s smaller than them. They are such badass motherfuckers that even great white motherfucking sharks don’t dare fuck with them, which in my books, places them above the sperm whale as Biggest Badass of the Ocean. And why don’t sharks bother them, you may wonder? Because orcas fucking learned that if you flip a shark over they go into a sort of coma, so now they do it intentionally so they can eat the motherfucking sharks. Not only that, but orcas have also learned how to hunt sperm whales and motherfucking sea birds.
The orca whale lives in a matriarchal pod. Every pod has unique hunting methods and whatnot, which is passed down from parent to offspring- these scary fuckers have formed civilizations. And what do they do for fun, apart from hopping around on the water’s surface and grinning like crazy mofos? They hunt for fun, going so far as to tip over ice floes and beach themselves just for the thrill of killing.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Orca whales are too damn cute and smiley looking to be heartless predators of the sea. Well, let me counter-argue with this photo:

THOSE ARE NOT THE TEETH OF A CREATURE THAT WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND.


Reblogging for excellent commentary.

Why has nobody mentioned what’s happening in the original gif?
This is how orcas hunt - or, it’s one of the ways they do. They have a ton of tricks and techniques they use to fuck up everything below them on the food chain, and that gif portrays my personal favorite.
Orcas will literally BEACH THEMSELVES to grab unsuspecting seals (or whatever else happens to be splashing around in the surf) and snarf them down like hot dogs. Yeah, that’s right. This is a 6-ton apex predator, crashing right out of the fucking water to snatch their prey right off the beach. Any other animal that size would get stuck there and die, but do you see that fucker? He fucking wriggles right back into the surf. An orca can get all the way up onto dry land and still manage to wiggle their way back into the water to fuck up more shit on another day. There is literally no other sea-dwelling creature of comparative size with that ability - most sea animals lack the muscular strength to move without enough water supporting their weight.
Orcas have also been known to eat moose. Yeah, that’s right. Fucking MOOSE.
You don’t fuck with orcas.


!!!


There is a very good reason why the other name for Orcas is ‘Killer Whales’.

Realigning because the scariest thing that happened in Antarctica was having three Orcas encircle our tall ship silently for hours, trying to gauge what we were doing. I think we confused them because we were sailing and only light motoring along. Nevermind that it was the same channel the orcas killed that minke whale in Frozen Planet, and that we had been out in the Zodiac dinghies not long before.

shychemist:

cdlafere:

beanerschnitzel:

ponytailwhippingnacho:

christophool:

vorticity007:

supaslim:

Guys, let me tell you about orcas.

Orca whales are mean motherfuckers. They cruise the oceans with only two things in mind: one, having sex, and two, eating every poor fuck they find out there that’s smaller than them. They are such badass motherfuckers that even great white motherfucking sharks don’t dare fuck with them, which in my books, places them above the sperm whale as Biggest Badass of the Ocean. And why don’t sharks bother them, you may wonder? Because orcas fucking learned that if you flip a shark over they go into a sort of coma, so now they do it intentionally so they can eat the motherfucking sharks. Not only that, but orcas have also learned how to hunt sperm whales and motherfucking sea birds.

The orca whale lives in a matriarchal pod. Every pod has unique hunting methods and whatnot, which is passed down from parent to offspring- these scary fuckers have formed civilizations. And what do they do for fun, apart from hopping around on the water’s surface and grinning like crazy mofos? They hunt for fun, going so far as to tip over ice floes and beach themselves just for the thrill of killing.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Orca whales are too damn cute and smiley looking to be heartless predators of the sea. Well, let me counter-argue with this photo:

image

THOSE ARE NOT THE TEETH OF A CREATURE THAT WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND.

Reblogging for excellent commentary.

Why has nobody mentioned what’s happening in the original gif?

This is how orcas hunt - or, it’s one of the ways they do. They have a ton of tricks and techniques they use to fuck up everything below them on the food chain, and that gif portrays my personal favorite.

Orcas will literally BEACH THEMSELVES to grab unsuspecting seals (or whatever else happens to be splashing around in the surf) and snarf them down like hot dogs. Yeah, that’s right. This is a 6-ton apex predator, crashing right out of the fucking water to snatch their prey right off the beach. Any other animal that size would get stuck there and die, but do you see that fucker? He fucking wriggles right back into the surf. An orca can get all the way up onto dry land and still manage to wiggle their way back into the water to fuck up more shit on another day. There is literally no other sea-dwelling creature of comparative size with that ability - most sea animals lack the muscular strength to move without enough water supporting their weight.

Orcas have also been known to eat moose. Yeah, that’s right. Fucking MOOSE.

You don’t fuck with orcas.

!!!

There is a very good reason why the other name for Orcas is ‘Killer Whales’.

Realigning because the scariest thing that happened in Antarctica was having three Orcas encircle our tall ship silently for hours, trying to gauge what we were doing. I think we confused them because we were sailing and only light motoring along. Nevermind that it was the same channel the orcas killed that minke whale in Frozen Planet, and that we had been out in the Zodiac dinghies not long before.


Anyway it’s nice because I live in Oslo now and it’s good to be living on such old bedrock again. Was surrounded by too much Cretaceous in the South of England.. Here things are much more Cambrian :)


Turns out a surprising amount of Oslo is volcanic. Because it’s situated in a graben, there’s also a lot of sediments overlaying the igneous bedrock, sediments which have since been either mildly or heavily metamorphosed.