Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Geo Party! Pima Air and Space Museum Category

Posted by Zoe on 19th October 2013 in Geo Party, Main Page

This past week, we toured the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, full of planes, spacecraft, and all sorts of cool things.

The Petulant Porpoise, one of the airplanes on display at the museum.

The Petulant Porpoise, one of the airplanes on display at the museum. What a name, huh?

Miss a clue? Rewatch all five with the links below.

Clue 1

Clue 2

Clue 3

Clue 4

Clue 5

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 3 Clue 5

Posted by Zoe on 11th November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the forty-fifth clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the fifth and last clue of the third category in the second round.

This week, Zoe’s Geo Party! explores Sahuarita, Arizona, where the book Fractured Fate is set. Fractured Fate is a young adult novel co-authored by Zoe and four other Sahuarita teens as Caja Coyote. You can meet Caja Coyote, the five teenagers behind Fractured Fate, at a book release party on 11-11-11 at the Sahuarita Arts Center. There will also be a virtual book release party on November sixteenth.

Check out the new Fractured Fate official website!

Post your response to this clue on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question! While you’re there, be sure to become a fan of Fractured Fate’s Facebook page.

The 11-11-11 book release party is today, and it’s going to ROCK!

Buy Fractured Fate here on Exogeology ROCKS! and on Amazon. Copies will also be sold in person and signed at the 11-11-11 book release party and at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival. If you can’t make it to the Fractured Fate book release party today, go to the Homeschool Literature website for the virtual book release party on the sixteenth.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 3 Clue 3

Posted by Zoe on 9th November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the forty-third clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the third clue of the third category in the second round.

This week, Zoe’s Geo Party! explores Sahuarita, Arizona, where the book Fractured Fate is set. Fractured Fate is a young adult novel co-authored by Zoe and four other Sahuarita teens as Caja Coyote. You can meet Caja Coyote, the five teenagers behind Fractured Fate, at a book release party on 11-11-11 at the Sahuarita Arts Center.

Post your response to this clue on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question! While you’re there, be sure to become a fan of Fractured Fate’s Facebook page.

Only two days until the 11-11-11 book release party!

Buy Fractured Fate here on Exogeology ROCKS! and on Amazon. Copies will also be sold in person and signed at the 11-11-11 book release party and at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 3 Clue 2

Posted by Zoe on 8th November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the forty-second clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the second clue of the third category in the second round.

This week, Zoe’s Geo Party! explores Sahuarita, Arizona, where the book Fractured Fate is set. Fractured Fate is a young adult novel co-authored by Zoe and four other Sahuarita teens as Caja Coyote. You can meet Caja Coyote, the five teenagers behind Fractured Fate, at a book release party on 11-11-11 at the Sahuarita Arts Center.

Post your response to this clue on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question! While you’re there, be sure to become a fan of Fractured Fate’s Facebook page.

Only three days until the 11-11-11 book release party!

Buy Fractured Fate here on Exogeology ROCKS! and on Amazon. Copies will also be sold in person and signed at the 11-11-11 book release party and at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 3 Clue 1

Posted by Zoe on 7th November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the forty-first clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the first clue of the third category in the second round.

This week, Zoe’s Geo Party! explores Sahuarita, Arizona, where the book Fractured Fate is set. Fractured Fate is a young adult novel co-authored by Zoe and four other Sahuarita teens as Caja Coyote. You can meet Caja Coyote, the five teenagers behind Fractured Fate, at a book release party on 11-11-11 at the Sahuarita Arts Center.

Post your response to this clue on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question! While you’re there, be sure to become a fan of Fractured Fate’s Facebook page.

Only four days until the 11-11-11 book release party!

Buy Fractured Fate here on Exogeology ROCKS! and on Amazon. Copies will also be sold in person and signed at the 11-11-11 book release party and at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival.

Watch the Complete First Round of Zoe’s Geo Party!

Posted by Zoe on 23rd October 2011 in Main Page

Round 1 of Zoe’s Geo Party! is complete! That means we’re halfway through the first game. Now you can watch the entire first round, which has thirty clues split into these six categories:

The Sonoran Desert:

Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5.

Riding the Rails Across the USA on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Line:

Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5.

NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio:

Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5.

The Girl Scouts of the America:

Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5.

The Franconia Sculpture Park:

Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5.

Burlington, Iowa:

Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5.

Which category was your favorite? Which clues did you know the response to? Which clues were your favorites? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so send feedback and keep responding to clues on my Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the second round, so keep coming back for more of Zoe’s Geo Party!

New Book Co-Authored by Zoë: Fractured Fate

Posted by Zoe on 14th October 2011 in Main Page

Hello, Zoë Bentley here with some great news: Fractured Fate, a Young Adult Fantasy novel co-authored by me is scheduled to be published this month, October 2011! I’ve been very busy over the past few months writing and editing this story along with my four co-authors as Caja Coyote.

What is Fractured Fate about? Here’s a peek at the cover and a brief description:

THERE’S A REASON IT STAYED LOST

When five teens in Sahuarita, Arizona find themselves in the middle of worldwide cataclysms, earth-controlling Joe rounds up super-strong Grace, information-absorbing Natalie, weather-making Valencia, and fire-starting Drake, in order to help defeat the force which created all the destruction. While overcoming unleashed mythical creatures and rebuilding their community, the team struggles to change the fate of a now fractured Earth.

What does the mysterious box have to do with anything?

Does Levi have plans of his own?

Can these strangers bring their powers together and save the world?

You can buy Fractured Fate by Caja Coyote in the all new Exogeology ROCKS! Store in October, 2011.

UPDATE: Fractured Fate now has a website! On the Fractured Fate official website, you can read about the five co-authors, watch videos about Fractured Fate, and of course, buy the book!

My Travels

Posted by Petra on 9th April 2010 in Petra's Blog

I love to travel! I’ve been to many different countries, and nearly every U.S. state. I love going to different places and seeing the world! Some of my favorite vacations were combined with fieldwork, often unintentionally. An example of this is when I went to White Sands, New Mexico. I went there to study the dunes, and I went sledding on the sand. Alamogordo, the closest town to where White Sands is located, is a town devoted to astronomy! This is where the New Mexico Museum of Space History is located (and I highly recommend it for all ages). I also went to the solar observatory nearby in Sunspot, NM. You can’t tell from their websites just how different the observatories I’ve been to are, but they really are distinct!

Here are photographs I took of the gypsum dunes at White Sands:

Another one of my favorite trips was to the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: a crater with diamonds in Arkansas. The Crater of Diamonds is the only place in the world open to the public to find diamonds. It’s not an impact crater, it’s a diatreme. That’s  volcanic crater formed by an explosion from a buildup of gas. The explosion helped to bring diamonds to the surface. I identified the rocks in the crater as lamproite, and I found some beautiful butterscotch colored jasper. I also found some quartz fragments, and volcanic tuff. I expect the moon looks a bit similar to the crater, with the gray volcanic rocks and tuff. I didn’t find any diamonds, unfortunately. The area around the crater was a very pretty and humid forest environment though, so only the crater itself is at all like something found somewhere other than Earth.

Here are a couple of photographs from when I went rock collecting there:

I went to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument just recently. I needed to see a volcano in order to compare and contrast with Io and Martian volcanoes like Olympus Mons. Most of my work is with Mars, but I’ve been doing research for some probes like Cassini and New Horizons, too. Some of the things I found showed me that Sunset Crater is not like Olympus Mons, since Sunset Crater is a cinder cone and Olympus Mons is a shield volcano. I climbed to the top of Lenox Crater, a cinder cone right next to Sunset Crater (which you’re not allowed to climb). It was a bit tricky, especially since rocks kept getting in my shoes. It seemed a bit strange to me that there are volcanoes in Arizona, but I figured out the answer. It’s a hot spot! There are no tectonic boundaries in AZ, but mantle plumes can happen anywhere. That’s something I study with other planets, too: I find something which seems strange and I figure out what caused it. It’s like a mystery! Exogeology ROCKS!

Here are a couple of photographs I took at Sunset Crater:

I just plain like traveling, and pretty much anywhere I go I can find something that ROCKS! I take little trips around the state, like to Sunset Crater, all the time. I enjoy visiting (and using) observatories, seeing geologic formations, and going to places that are completely non-exogeology related. Be sure to look at the Telescopes and Observatories page written by Zoë to see some of the telescopes I’ve used. I want to see all the most varied and interesting places I can! But I always go back to Arizona. I love it here. Besides, what better place could there be for doing what I love? Geology and astronomy both seem to lead me all over the globe, but the best place is back home in Arizona. It works out well for me!

Thinking About Martian Sunrises

Posted by Petra on 7th April 2010 in Petra's Blog

Yellow in the clouds
Pink and purple everywhere
Blue and bright orange sky

Cholla sunrise

I stayed up late last night working on a project that’s due really soon, and I stayed up so late that I saw the sunrise before I went to bed. It was beautiful! The sky got slowly lighter, and in the East the sky just above the horizon was peach and red. The sky above that turned slowly bluer.

I couldn’t help thinking of what the sunrise on Mars would be like. The Martian sky is red because of all the dust (with iron) in the air, but it can refract light in a similar way to Earth’s atmosphere. So, if I were on Mars right then, the colors would be reversed. The sky would be turning a brighter shade of red, with the sky in the horizon looking a bit blue or green. It would be amazing! Someday Martian colonists will get to see those sunsets and sunrises. I’m not sure I could get used to that though. I love my Arizona sunrises and sunsets!