1082: “Geology”

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1082: “Geology”

Postby Qaanol » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:02 am UTC

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Title: That's a gneiss butte.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:06 am UTC

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby glasnt » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:21 am UTC

Talk about getting your rocks off.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby frinklabs » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:21 am UTC

I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Linux0s » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:26 am UTC

Then they found out they were both into boudinage.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:34 am UTC

Spelunking.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Max™ » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:36 am UTC

Uh, this isn't a secret.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Qaanol » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:14 am UTC

This whole mountainside is just one cwm after another.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Tova » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:32 am UTC

glasnt wrote:Talk about getting your rocks off.


Thanks for providing a punchline that made me laugh.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Cicadetta » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:50 am UTC

Looks like some streak tests are in order...

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby mbklein » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:09 am UTC

Linux0s wrote:Then they found out they were both into boudinage.


Teh Googles of that word lead to even more georotica.

Wikipedia wrote:Boudinage is a geological term for structures formed by extension, where a rigid tabular body such as a bed of sandstone, is stretched and deformed amidst less competent surroundings. The competent bed begins to break up, forming sausage-shaped boudins.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Flewellyn » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:31 am UTC

Holy schist, the pun in the mouseover text was awful. But the comic itself was igneous.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Ardee » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:17 am UTC

It's a little-known fact that the Mohs' scale was created not by Mohs but by his girlfriend.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby radstar » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:25 am UTC

Good comic. You gabbro! Yes, the mouseover left a basalt(y) taste in my mouth.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby radstar » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:41 am UTC

Or a glacial twist: Even with the thoroughly lubricated basal sliding, chattermarks were left behind in the valley. Brings to mind large crevasses in a dome that were once here, and now only that huge horn. We need more snowpack. (this is why I am not the web-comic guy).

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby swamp_ig » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:57 am UTC

Wait until they come across cumingtonite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cummingtonite

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby rattusprat » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:07 am UTC

frinklabs wrote:I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing.


As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm unsure as to why geology was chosen for this comic.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby peteispo » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:26 am UTC

rattusprat wrote:
frinklabs wrote:I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing.


As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm unsure as to why geology was chosen for this comic.


I think Randall thought of the (awful) pun in the title text and worked back from there...

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby B-Fisch » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:44 am UTC

swamp_ig wrote:Wait until they come across cumingtonite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cummingtonite


Yes. Very yes. Was wondering if anyone had gotten to that. Most obvious geology puns, I can take or leave. You see, there's a fine line between what's gneiss and what's schist. Anything else shales in comparison. [curious if anyone notices why that's smarter than what's readily obvious]

Also, not only is geology erotic, it's dangerous. (I know this from direct experience.) How are there so few action hero geologists? The only one I can think of was Pierce Brosnan as a volcanologist in Dante's Peak.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby B-Fisch » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:48 am UTC

rattusprat wrote:
frinklabs wrote:I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing.


As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm unsure as to why geology was chosen for this comic.


I think the key is "surprisingly erotic". Structural engineering gets those terms earlier than geology, and a few of them are more well known than the geology ones. I could be wrong, though.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby blowfishhootie » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:53 am UTC

rattusprat wrote:
frinklabs wrote:I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing.


As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm unsure as to why geology was chosen for this comic.


I'm pretty sure every single profession in existence uses plenty of terms that sound sexual out of context. This is because it is not a feature of any profession, but of language: Words have multiple meanings, words have homonyms, etc.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Max™ » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:59 am UTC

B-Fisch wrote:You see, there's a fine line between what's gneiss and what's schist. Anything else shales in comparison. [curious if anyone notices why that's smarter than what's readily obvious]
Woulda been funnier if you used slate instead of gneiss.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Cho Da » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:32 am UTC

Subduction leads to orogeny.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby musashi1600 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:44 am UTC

rattusprat wrote:
frinklabs wrote:I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing.


As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm unsure as to why geology was chosen for this comic.


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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby poetryinthebuff » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:36 am UTC

I live in Wellington, New Zealand, which sits on at least two fault lines, so like in many other cities there's the constant expectation of the 'big one'.

Anyway that's all just background.

There was a high-class brothel near my work called Bonton. Bonton advertised on a huge nearby billboard with the following slogan:


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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Eternal Density » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:36 am UTC

After reading the first panel I thought: "bedding? spreading? that could totally be taken the wrong way". Then I realised it wasn't just me :P
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby liveboy21 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:38 am UTC

For me, I thought that this was a reference to the strange scene
from the movie:
Spoiler:
Prometheus

where
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at the beginning, near the scene where we watch a man commit suicide for no reason, it is also heavily implied that the main character couple had sex in the cave they just found because of science somehow

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby radtea » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:53 am UTC

rattusprat wrote:As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm unsure as to why geology was chosen for this comic.


Because it's more surprising in geology? Randall has a history of pushing the edge of comprehensibility in XKCD, and even as someone who knows has an undergraduate course or two in geology I had to puzzle a bit to get some of the terminology in this one.

For fields with terms that lend themselves to sexual innuendo I've yet to see one that beats petroleum exploration and extraction, whose terminology reflects what seems to be a misogynist bent in oilfield culture ("plug and abandon" is one that comes to mind...)
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Oranneko » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:19 pm UTC

I'm sorry, but I had to sign up to point how unrealistic this comic is. It is a well know fact that love between geologists is strictly plutonic.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby thesingingaccountant » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:47 pm UTC

Personally, I'm not so turned on by geology. I'm more into folks who have good chemistry. (Yes, I know that was pretty terrible. No worse than the title-text pun.)

radtea wrote:"plug and abandon" is one that comes to mind...


Seriously?! They USE that term in a professional context?! That's just awful.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Max™ » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:09 pm UTC

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby B-Fisch » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:10 pm UTC

Max™ wrote:
B-Fisch wrote:You see, there's a fine line between what's gneiss and what's schist. Anything else shales in comparison. [curious if anyone notices why that's smarter than what's readily obvious]
Woulda been funnier if you used slate instead of gneiss.


Actually, "shale" is the one that should be replaced with "slate"... I won't explain it further.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby zeissikon » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:11 pm UTC

A geologist colleague of mine is publishing a lot about passive dykes. I think he does not even realize why this makes me smile.

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Max™ » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:14 pm UTC

B-Fisch wrote:
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B-Fisch wrote:You see, there's a fine line between what's gneiss and what's schist. Anything else shales in comparison. [curious if anyone notices why that's smarter than what's readily obvious]
Woulda been funnier if you used slate instead of gneiss.


Actually, "shale" is the one that should be replaced with "slate"... I won't explain it further.

Well, I was going off of old books* which mentioned that slate/shale/schist used to be considered the same thing, so there is a fine line between shale and schist.

It's funny the way you have it too, but the metamorphic/sedimentary joke didn't tickle me as much as the obscure old reference did.


*Talking like 1961 Brittanica and whatnot.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:53 pm UTC

Qaanol wrote:This whole mountainside is just one cwm after another.


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Re: 1082: “Geology”

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby AvatarIII » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:21 pm UTC

Volcanology is a lot to do with geology right?
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby dzamie » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:23 pm UTC

AvatarIII wrote:Volcanology is a lot to do with geology right?
"There's a hot liquid extruding from these thermal vents!"

The cone is about to pump large amounts of hot liquid into the air!

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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Adam H » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:45 pm UTC

We oil engineers like to frac, which opens up the formation until hot oil oozes out. We also do plug & abandon work, as someone else mentioned. And of course, if we get a quick rise in pressure there might be a massive blowout, but hopefully it gets cleaned up in a timely fashion.
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Re: 1082: “Geology”

Postby Jackpot777 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:58 pm UTC

Yeah. Frack that dike until you feel shear heaven because I'm hung like a horst.

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