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Terrane

ter·rane/təˈrān/

noun. a fault-bounded area or region with a distinctive stratigraphy, structure, and geological history.

While the terrain may be a boundless discovery, our terrane is something different. It’s a small chunk of the Earth’s crust that is entirely unique to its surroundings and to any other chunk of the Earth. Local Terrane is a journal intended to help professional and amateur Earth Scientists alike in discovering the world beneath their feet.

So much of today’s geology community is riddled with people traveling across the globe to find interesting outcrops and sightings. Nobody is writing about the magic of our own backyard in the same tone. I live in the midwest which is, arguably, some of the most boring geography a person can find– that’s only because people don’t know what is out there. Whether you live in rural Kansas, or the Hindu Kush, or in the middle of a bustling concrete jungle: there is so much to discover about the environment where you live.

I live in Saint Paul Minnesota. The primary geology in this area is from the last glacial period (~10,000 years ago). Saint Paul is also the first major city along the Mississippi, pictured above.

I came up with the idea for Local Terrane from a Facebook learning group I joined several years ago while in college. What I found was a community of geology students from around the world and all of them shared a similar passion for Geology. People in Iran would show hand samples of beautiful minerals they collected while a couple posts down an oceanographer from Hawai’i would be showing the basalt samples they found, too.

Most Geology and Earth Science popular journals seem to be more interested in cutting edge exploration in places you’d expect to see on a postcard. A career like this may be the dream for many geologists but my dream is to bring geology to my immediate communities and allow people who don’t have the opportunity to fly to Japan to have the same admiration of Earth Sciences.

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