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December 23, 2020 in Miscellaneous

Geologist Life List

Completed : 19/74

I have gone through several bucket lists in the last decade or so that range from unsubstantial, 'see the Taj Mahal'-type lists, to more physically-demanding, adventurous ones. One that I recently came across was popularised by a blogger called Geotripper way back in 2008. His list was catered for geologists (not that I am one), but was sadly very US-centric. Since I personally never intend to go back to that country (at least until drastic changes are made to its oppressive foreign policy), I have struck out all the location-specific entries for the US, which leaves a total of only 74 entries.


General : 12/39


No.DescriptionExamples, Locality, or Continuation of DescriptionCountry
01See an erupting volcano
02See a glacierCrossing the Ngozumpa glacier in Nepal
03See an active geyserStrokkur Geyser, Iceland
04Visit the Cretaceous/Tertiary (KT) BoundaryGubbio (Italy), Stevns Klint (Denmark), Red Deer River (Canada)
05Observe (from a safe distance)...a river whose discharge is above bankful stage
06Explore a limestone caveCrazy Horse Buttress, Thailand
07Tour an open pit mineButte (USA), Bingham Canyon (USA), Chuquicamata (Chile)
08Explore a subsurface mine
09See an ophioliteOphiolite complex (Oman), Troodos complex (Cyprus)
10An anorthosite complexLabrador, the Adirondacks (USA), Niger
11A slot canyonAntelope Canyon, Spooky Gulch, Round Valley Draw (USA)
12VarvesType section in Sweden
13An exfoliation domeSierra Nevada (USA)
14A layered igneous intrusionStillwater complex (USA), Skaergaard Complex (Greenland)
15Coastlines along the leading...and trailing edge of a tectonic plate
16A gingko treeLone survivor of an ancient group of softwoods from the Mesozoic
17Living and fossilized stromatolitesStromatolites of Lake Thetis, Cervantes, Western Australia
18A field of glacial erraticsThe Burren, Ireland
19A calderaCaldera Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
20A sand dune...more than 200 feet high (61 metres)
21A fjordKillary Fjord, Ireland
22A recently formed fault scarp
23A megabreccia
24An actively accreting river delta
25A natural bridge
26A large sinkhole
27A glacial outwash plainKangshar Glacier, Nepal
28A sea stackCliffs of Moher, Ireland
29A house-sized glacial erratic
30An underground lake or river
31Continental divideTitiwangsa Range, Malaysia & Thongchai Range, Thailand
32Fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals
33Petrified trees
34Lava tubes
75A catastrophic mass wasting event
82Feel an earthquake...with a magnitude greater than 5.0
83Find dinosaur footprints in situ
84Find a trilobite or any other fossilKali Gandaki Valley, Nepal
85Find gold, however small the flake



Atmospheric & Celestial Events : 05/14


No.DescriptionExamples, Locality, or Continuation of DescriptionCountry
86Find a meteorite fragment
87Experience a volcanic ashfall
88Experience a sandstorm
90Witness a total solar eclipse
91Witness a tornado firsthand
92Witness a meteor stormA particularly intense (1000+ per minute) meteor shower
93View Saturn and its moons...through a respectable telescope
94See the Aurora borealis
95View a great naked-eye cometAn opportunity which occurs only a few times per century
96See a lunar eclipse
97View a distant galaxy...through a large telescope
98Experience a hurricane
99See noctilucent clouds
100See the green flash



Location-Specific : 02/21


No.DescriptionExamples, Locality, or Continuation of DescriptionCountry
35The Grand Canyon (USA)
36Meteor Crater (USA)Known as the Barringer Crater
37The Great Barrier Reef (Australia)The largest coral reef in the world
38The Bay of Fundy (Canada)The highest tides in the world (up to 16m)
39The Waterpocket Fold (USA)To see well exposed folds on a massive scale
40The Banded Iron Formation (USA)To better appreciate the air you breathe
41The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
42Lake Baikal (Russia)World's deepest lake (1620m) with 20% of Earth's fresh water
43Uluru (Australia)Inselberg of nearly vertical Precambrian strata
44Devil's Tower (USA)To see a classic example of columnar jointing
45The Alps (8 European countries)
46Telescope Peak, Death Valley (USA)
47The Li River (China)Rock Climbing in Yangshuo - Fantastic karst towers
48The Dalmation Coast (Croatia)Original Karst
49The Gorge of Bhagirathi (India)The river flows from an ice tunnel beneath the Gangatori Glacier
50The Goosenecks of the San Juan River (USA)An impressive series of entrenched meanders
51Shiprock (USA)To see a large volcanic neck
52Land's End (United Kingdom)Fractured granites that have feldspar crystals bigger than your fist
53Tierra del Fuego (Chile & Argentina)Straights of Magellan and the southernmost tip of South America
54Mount St. Helens (USA)To see the results of recent explosive volcanism
55The Giant's Causeway (Northern Ireland)
56The Great Rift Valley (9 African countries)(East African Rift)
57The Matterhorn (Italy & Switzerland)
58The Carolina Bays (USA)Along the Carolinian and Georgian coastal plain
59The Mima Mounds near Olympia (USA)
60Siccar Point, Scotland (United Kingdom)Where James Hutton observed classic unconformity
61The moving rocks of Racetrack Playa (USA)
62Yosemite Valley (USA)
63Landscape Arch (USA)
64The Burgess Shale (Canada)
65The Channeled Scablands (USA)
66Bryce Canyon (USA)
67Grand Prismatic Spring (USA)
68Monument Valley (USA)
69The San Andreas Fault (USA)
70The dinosaur footprints in La Rioja (Spain)
71Volcanic landscapes of Canary IslandsTimanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
72The Pyrennees Mountains (France & Spain)
73The Lime Caves at Karamea (New Zealand)
74Denali (USA)An orogeny in progress
76Zion National Park (USA)For the giant crossbeds
77The black sand beaches in Hawaii (USA)
78Barton Springs (USA)
79Hells Canyon (USA)
80The Black Canyon of the Gunnison (USA)
81The Tunguska Impact Site (Russia)