I’m Andrew Alden. As a writer, I cover the Earth sciences for the whole planet and its neighbors. But my city of Oakland is full of interest too, and since I tramp around it a lot I reserved this spot to think locally.
I care a lot about my photos. As of late 2015 I routinely post images at least 600 pixels across, so clicking on the photos will show them at their best. I’m slowly upgrading the images in older posts, most of which are 450 pixels.
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For 17 years I wrote about everything in geology for About.com, until they cut my contract. Recently they moved everything I wrote over to a new site called ThoughtCo.com. I joined Twitter as “aboutgeology” in February 2009. From 2011 to mid-2016 I wrote regularly for KQED, first in Quest Science blogs, writing about geology of the greater Bay area, then as a KQED Science Contributor.