On this day in 2007, I launched Oakland Geology with a photo of what happens when Oaklanders build without geological awareness. Since then I’ve made plenty of posts along the same lines, but geology is not a one-note subject. Most of the time I’ve celebrated what intrigues and tantalizes me about this remarkable city’s natural underpinnings, always with a photo to share.
In 2010 Oakland Geology was named Best Blog about East Bay Rocks. (I really should get myself over there and pick up my plaque.) This week I learned that one of our celebrated local authors, Michael Chabon, cited Oakland Geology in the acknowledgments of his newest book Telegraph Avenue. These are signs of what I always hoped to achieve with the blog: to extend popular awareness of this city’s place in deep time and its deep present, to include our rocks and soils and landforms and geologic forces in the everyday conversation that is constantly weaving our future.
This blog, more than all my other writing, has brought me face to face with interested Oaklanders, who appear to be roused enough by these snippets and snaps to come see me wave my arms, with Powerpoints or vistas behind me, and dump more data on their heads in person. I appreciate your audience and your readership. Long may we continue to wave.