Once one of my non-geologist friends uttered the words “trippy” while staring at a geologic map of North America that was up in the hallway. I agree. To the uninitiated a geologic map probably looks like a fairly random assortment of off-colors, blobs, blebs, sharp lines, and generally strange shapes. As geologists we are trained to take the seemingly random slapping together of colors and lines, and pull from it a history, a piece of the story of our planet. Some engineers at Google challenged a deep learning network with a series of images which produced some “trippy” results. Wouldn’t it be fun to apply their code to some geologic maps?
Basically the program takes an image and attempts to match a some known object (birds, dogs, etc.) in it. Do this for a few iterations and the object becomes more pronounced. For instance they fed it a picture of clouds:
Pretty cool, but let’s give it some geologic maps.
When the Trippy filter is applied to the Crooked River map there’s some interesting results. The corners are largely untouched by the dream. Perhaps the machine needs something to ground it to reality?
Taking this photo was a lot of fun. Matt Macatee and I climbed up Penny Lane and then made our way over to where we could rap to the Crime of the Century Anchors. He continued down to the ground and I stayed on the ledge, set an anchor and safetyed in. I pulled up and coiled my rope so that it would be out of the photo. Ryan led up the pitch, cranking away while I fired off tons of photos. I was using my Nikon D-7000 and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Settings: 16mm, f/13, 1/2000 sec. exposure, ISO 1600. It was a bright day.
Matt Macatee attempted the route after Ryan and didn’t make it in one go. He got to the top with one fall and a nemesis to return to. I rappelled down and Sabrina and I both tried Crime of the Century on toprope. It’s thin, and pumpy, and we weren’t placing gear!
The injecting mylolisthenite (pale-green rock filling fracture) was created during a meteor impact. It can be found near Charlevoix, Quebec (19T 407510.00 m E, 5260539.00 m N). Find out more about the Charlevoix impact crater in an old upsection post. Mylolisthenite is a fine grained breccia which contains various clasts in a non-melt matrix (differentiating it from pseudotachylite).
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Check out this great two part episode of Star Talk Radio where Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews science journalist Miles O’Brien (PBS News Hour) about CNN firing its science reporting staff and the future of science reporting. Also featured on the episode is Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elise Andrew (I F***ing Love Science) weighing in on points made by Miles.
It’s an eye opening interview on the business of network news and how science doesn’t fit into the picture.