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A Geologist’s Vacation in Canada

Most people know me as a Geology student, a computer guy or a mix of both. As a part of my Geology degree at the University of Calgary, I participated in field schools. They are a valuable asset to get hands on experience. However, how many of you would like to explore the Geology in your area but have no idea what to look for?

I complied set of pictures showing good Geological features (mostly structural) I took last year in Western Canada. I will post the locations later sometimes so you can also have Geologist’s Vacation!

Please click on the images to view the higher resolution one. The captions identify the major feature in each photo.

Bed formation with a strong orientation.
Bed formation with a strong orientation.
Chilled margin of a granitic intrusion.
Chilled margin of a granitic intrusion.
Coal seam at K-P (K-T).
Coal seam at K-P (K-T).
Coal in the K-P (K-T) boundary.
Coal in the K-P (K-T) boundary.
K-P (former K-T) Boundary in Alberta.
K-P (former K-T) Boundary in Alberta.
Relationship between a Fault and a Dyke. Can you tell which one came first?
Relationship between a Fault and a Dyke. Can you tell which one came first?
Fossils at Exshaw, AB
Fossils at Exshaw, AB
Fault steps
Fault steps
Glacial Till (Deposits)
Glacial Till (Deposits)
Quartz Veins
Quartz Veins
TBA
TBA
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.
Stylolites (Pressure Dissolution) Structural Feature.

One’s own in the midst of abundance

Have you ever heard the phrase, “to live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance“? It is a quote taken from a Japanese Buddhist book, The Teaching of Buddha. While the English translation of the Indian quote may not be as perfect as we would like to, it highlights a valid philosophical argument.abundance

According to ancient Pali documents used by both the Japanese and the British (The Royal Archaeological Institute), Buddhist Philosophy have a strong belief in moderating desires. If you were to dig deep and read some of those articles, you will find that Buddhists have covered a wide range of human behaviors from sexual, wealth, prosperity to social and government planing. Regardless of who said what, the dreadful results are obvious when we choose one extreme end or the other. In fact numerous academics have argued that Buddhism is more powerful than a religion, hence it should be considered as a Philosophy not a Religion. (1)

Problem with Having

We love this and that. We love to live and we love to get overboard with things that make us happy. Obviously we basic needs are impotent, in order to be happy. Access to food, shelter, a good education and even wealth. The problem is not having, but having none or having too much of it. Imagine you chase wealth, would you still be a good member of the society? I have met a lot of rich people, specially sons and daughters of the rich and powerful, at conferences and school. While they do their best to “be nice” to others, the hidden extremism comes out once in awhile. Same can be said about an extremely poor person, except that person’s view would be the extreme opposite of the other. I find it ironic that people who tend to move away from one extreme, often end up at the other extreme end of the spectrum.

Political Agendas

There are many real life examples of extremism, both good and bad. In the political arena, I came across White Supremacists who turned against their racially polarized views. But the problem is that they turned into extremist human rights activists. NGOs like Amnesty International (AI) do their best to recruit the former members of racist organizations. I honestly do not see a difference between the KKK and the AI because both groups trying to force down their own agendas on others. This is why to some degree I agree with those who claim that they feel like second class citizens in their native country because of extremist multiculturalism.

Another type of political extremism is the one that intermingle with money. The CIA operatives in developing world, buy out political, religious, military and NGO leaders to promote fascist US/Western favorable governments. In May 2009, Sri Lankan terrorist organization, LTTE was defeated by the Government Forces. While the LTTE is reorganized as terrorist organization in the West, the USA and their allies hated the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) policies towards the West. So, instead of supporting GoSL, they decided to sing the human rights song at the UN along with the NGOs. When that failed, the CIA may have paid several political and military leaders to destabilize the government. The best example of this is General Sarath Fonseka (DNA Party). He was probably the only high ranking military officer that received support from the West, because after the war, he wanted to run against the ruling party. Not only CIA may have paid him, the Western media was highly controlled in the way they report anything to do with Sri Lanka. While the West yells “media freedom” at Sri Lankans, the entire Western media is instructed NOT to use “terrorist” when describing LTTE. Why? Because USA and their thugs went from one extreme end of supporting all terrorists to attack USSR, India, etc to not supporting them at all to now support any terrorist organization if it benefits the “Christian West” (Like any other extremist policies, not all Christians support this; not labeling anyone!).

The point is extremism anything can hurt human civilization. Even if it means human rights, we should be careful of what we desire. I strongly believe that human rights organizations (“good guys”) have done more damage to human rights than any other group. In some cases as extreme as Red Cross handing over intelligence on military to criminals have lead to deaths of hundreds of officers. Too bad the extremist media behind a smoke screen don’t publish such things in the West.

Capitalists verses Environment

This is also true for Environmentalists. The other extreme end of Capitalism is no longer the Socialism, but rather Environmentalism. In the name of environment, not only we have terrorist organizations, but also scientists who willing to fight to death for whatever the reason. One side demands vigorous environment protection and the other side demands far too relaxed regulations on the environment. Too much of regulations will lead to job loss while too little of regulations will lead to decline of civilization. Even with regulations in place, I think most of our “environmentally friendly” products are nothing more than a smoke screen to feel good. It takes more energy to create “environmentally friendly” hydrogen fuel than to produce conventional fuel. How many of you heard that majority of hydrogen fuel in North America created using coal burning? The solution itself is a problem isn’t it? None of the Conservative and Liberals ever promoted the moderation of environment regulations. If we as people to advance our civilization, we should promote more neutral usage of natural resources rather than over using them and/or completely stop using them.

Religion verses Atheism

The definition of “irony” can’t get any better than this! I consider myself an atheist, but I do not want to associate myself with any atheist organizations. Why do you ask? The Internet is full of hate towards each other. Let’s face it… Most Atheists are young and technologically savvy people. This is why I am not surprised that the debate between the religious groups and the atheist have gone overboard on the Internet. Specially the American atheists argue that they have the right to be critical of all religions because religions are critical of critical thinking like science. To me, this is like saying “you kill my family and I am going to kill yours”. What makes Atheists any better than the groups they are fighting against? Atheism has went from having a no beliefs or agendas to a highly unpredictable extremism. Instead of calling religions cults and joining the atheist cult, I rather be a peaceful person by observing my own values personally.

Without religious, cultural or political prejudice, it is very clear to me that “the midst of abundance” is the best approach to life. To sustain a meaningful and happy life, we should always avoid one extreme ends. Even Buddhism at extreme can lead to suffering. In other words, the Indian Buddha, was right!

References

1. “Kill the Buddha,” says the old koan. “Kill Buddhism,” says Sam Harris,

Perfect mix of Asian hospitality and European values

Two decades ago, usually only the middle class Europeans and upper class Asians were able to afford travelling across the world. The growing economies of industrialized West and the alarmingly low birth rate have caused governments to open up their borders to foreign workers. This increased Continue reading Perfect mix of Asian hospitality and European values

Updated Geologic Time Scale


The following information is published for fun and NOT for any scientific value. Please do not take any information on this page as a fact or a hypothesis. This page is created base on some funny ideas going around in Geology.

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  • Quaternary glaciation (last ice age): resulted in Sid, Diego and their friends Zeke, Carl and others became friends with a human child.
  • Rise of human civilization; gave birth to modern day self-centered idiots who destroy the Earth.
  • For the first time aliens from the planet LV-426 probe a human female for biological experiments.
  • Biological break though in human evolution was found when a man with one nut, known as A. Hitler, was discovered when his party came to power in Germany.
  • Strong evidence suggesting our great grand parents were monkeys who butt-%#^$k came to life. The epidemic HIV/AIDS has been attributed to modern human-monkey interactions in the wild.
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  • Due to lack of water to reduce friction during sex, dinosaurs went extinct (Cretaceous).
  • Break up of Pangaea(Jurassic) into Gondwana and Laurasia since they can’t resolve their three-way relationship problems anymore.
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  • For the first time, large trees and shrubs were grown.
  • Opium and marijuana(Cannabis) became very popular among the micro-organisms causing “ya-man” disease.
  • Carbonated drinks during this period have lead to major teeth problems among mammal population. The acid in their coke have dissolved their teeth during Carboniferous period.
  • Landmasses fall in love creating the new marriage, Pangaea. It won’t last very long since each other have accused of cheating from the very beginning.
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  • Moon was formed as result of aliens attacking the Earth with nukes. One of the nuke bombs hit the Earth so hard, creating the basin near Mexico.
  • Earth was sexy hot during this time; too bad with age, she became what she is today.