The Science of Sustainability

Andrew Alden

Andrew Alden

Andrew Alden earned his geology degree at the University of New Hampshire and moved back to the Bay Area to work at the U.S. Geological Survey for six years. He has written on geology for About.com since its founding in 1997. In 2007, he started the Oakland Geology blog, which won recognition as "Best of the East Bay" from the East Bay Express in 2010. In writing about geology in the Bay Area and surroundings, he hopes to share some of the useful and pleasurable insights that geologists give us—not just facts about the deep past, but an attitude that might be called the deep present.

Read his previous contributions to QUEST, a project dedicated to exploring the Science of Sustainability.

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Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Half meteorite, half Earth rock, these geological oddities may be part of a new strewnfield in the northern Bay Area.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: The Eastern Klamaths

Side Trips from Interstate 5: The Eastern Klamaths

See America's largest area of rock from the Earth's mantle, west of Mount Shasta.

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The Mighty Monterey Formation: In Your Future

The Mighty Monterey Formation: In Your Future

More valuable than gold, this great rock unit forms part of the Bay Area's landscape.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: Los Trancos Open Space

Geological Outings Around the Bay: Los Trancos Open Space

Lidar mapping unveils one of the Bay Area's best places to visit the San Andreas fault.

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Earthquake Landslides: A Widespread Hazard

Earthquake Landslides: A Widespread Hazard

Earthquakes will always produce landslides, but new knowledge will help us deal with them better.

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Watching the Atmospheric Rivers Flow

Watching the Atmospheric Rivers Flow

Researchers are gearing up to monitor the flood-causing weather monsters known as atmospheric rivers.

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More Clues About Singing Sand

More Clues About Singing Sand

New research shows that sand can sing by itself, but if so, then why are singing sand dunes so rare?

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A New Radiocarbon Yardstick from Japan

A New Radiocarbon Yardstick from Japan

A long core of sediment from a Japanese lake is a Rosetta Stone for ice-age climate research.

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Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

A rigorous study shows that fracking is unharmful when the stakes are high. Not much should be made of it.

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Earth Science Week 2012: Careers in the Field

Earth Science Week 2012: Careers in the Field

More than the good salaries and jobs, it's the coolness that attracts young people to geoscience.

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Things You May Not Know About California Tsunamis

Things You May Not Know About California Tsunamis

Scientific agencies have helped the state improve its knowledge of tsunamis and its responses to them. They can teach you and help you respond, too.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: San Emigdio Mountains

Side Trips from Interstate 5: San Emigdio Mountains

Journeying through the Great Valley's southern rampart is time better spent than inching up the Grapevine.

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Reaches the West Coast

Japanese Tsunami Debris Reaches the West Coast

The data Californians start collecting this weekend will begin a new scientific project to trace the world's ocean currents.

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Geological Side Trips from Interstate 80: Griffith Quarry in Penryn

Geological Side Trips from Interstate 80: Griffith Quarry in Penryn

Sometimes you need a break when you're taking Interstate 80 to or from the Sierra. Try this historic quarry in the foothills.

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Outdoor Labs: The UC Natural Reserve System

Outdoor Labs: The UC Natural Reserve System

The University of California runs a unique set of 38 pristine properties around the state for scientific research.

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Geoscientists Without Borders

Geoscientists Without Borders

The chance to do good with their tools draws geoscientists to humanitarian projects around the world.

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Stanford's Signature Sandstone

Stanford's Signature Sandstone

Many prestigious schools feature stone buildings, but the golden sandstone of Stanford's historic core is one of a kind.

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What Is That Unusual Smell In Walnut Creek?

What Is That Unusual Smell In Walnut Creek?

The city's hospital sits at the site of an ancient sulfur spring.

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We Are the Desert: Tackling California's Water and Electricity Woes

We Are the Desert: Tackling California's Water and Electricity Woes

As we approach the limits of our power and water, we will face some wrenching decisions with geological dimensions.

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What Shall We Do About Earthquake Weather?

What Shall We Do About Earthquake Weather?

If we can't shake this discredited notion, let's speak it instead with a smile.

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