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Why I love Geologists (or at least the visuals they create) #NASA

Why I love Geologists (or at least the visuals they create) #NASA

August 30th, 2011 by Robert Simmon Of all the Earth sciences, geology has the strongest tradition of visual communication. It’s probably because mapping is fundamental to the field, and geologists have 200 years of practice at it. As a result, they tend to create well designed imagery. Two exemplary techniques geologists use: they almost always include a scale, and they often annotate images directly, rather than relying on separate keys or text descriptions. Here’s an example from Lockwood DeWitt, of Outside the Interzone: Photograph of Table Rock Tuff, Oregon, with hammer for scale. Callan Bentley, author of Mountain Beltway, added annotations that show small faults, and the distribution of grain size in the rock: Annotated image of faults. Callan even used different colors to differentiate types of information, and varied the size labels to emphasize the location and ty...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/elegantfigures/201...

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