Weeknotes 26 - Geological Disneyland
- Here’s my hypothesis about the US. From any place you only need to drive for at most two hours to see a natural or a geological wonder. California is definitely a geological Disneyland.
- My partner and I just visited the geological Disneyland. On the way to the Mojave desert we listened to a podcast about a phone booth in the middle of Mojave. It was fun thinking about how few unconnected places remain today.
- We briefly visited Red Rock Canyon State Park, where Cater 2 U by Destiny’s Child was filmed. The desert was hot and inhospitable.
- From the Red Rock Canyon State Park leaflet: “First time visitors may think of the desert as an empty and uninteresting badland. However, appreciation and interest grows as one becomes more acquainted with the area and the extreme conditions in which the different biotic communities exist”.
- I’m currently reading Roadside Geology of Southern California. I’ve never lived in an area with active volcanic or seismic activity, so I find reading about the impact of those processes on the land fascinating. Did you know that during the 1971 San Fernando earthquake the nearby mountains rose 8 feet? That’s scary and kind of incredible to think about.
- I wouldn’t know what to do during an earthquake, but luckily online strangers put a lot of effort into helping me understand the basics. There’s a podcast too, which seems like a great way to spread the knowledge.
- Alice Bartlett linked to the White Fragility lecture by Robin D’Angelo. I’m reading White Fragility in a book format because I hate video. Its focus is on the US, which makes it easy for people in the UK to be dismissive of some of the ideas. This is why Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race is absolutely essential to understanding racism in Britain.