You may be wondering what kind of person loves rocks as much as I do. So let me introduce myself.
My name is Hazel Gibson and I am a PhD student at Plymouth University studying geology, cognition and communication. I have worked in industry as an engineering geologist; as a ranger; and in science education for many years. The reason I love rocks so much is that I find them endlessly exciting – I mean who doesn’t think that dinosaurs are cool, or how amazing it must be to see a mineral that has never been seen by another person before, or even to stand in front of a volcano and realise that you are watching new earth be created – it’s fantastic!
It also helps that I live in one of the most geologically diverse countries on the planet – if you walk from the south east coast of the UK in England to the far north west Scottish islands, encompassing Wales and Northern Ireland you will walk through at least 550 MILLION YEARS of geological history. Also I currently live in a very geologically interesting part of the UK – the south west of England – granite moorlands, red sandstone beaches, fossil rich mudstones, it just gets better and better. But that is the brilliant thing about geology. Wherever you live there is something fascinating going on under your feet.
I also love to craft so on these pages I will occasionally post something I have made that is both crafty and geological – don’t worry nothing will be difficult and I will try and post how it is done simply so if you want to have a go yourself then you can – I’m no expert so many of you will probably be able to improve on my ideas or even suggest stuff!
Thanks for reading!