Letters to the Editor – June 2000

Title: Letters to the Editor

Publication: The Outcrop, June 2000, p. 6

Dear Editor,
Years ago, those of us working in the Rockies subscribed to “Contributions to Geology” or the WGA “Earth Science Bulletin”. It was imperative to keep up with Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain region research.

Now we have Rocky Mountain Geology published by the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. If any of you working the Rockies have not seen this quarterly, I urge you to contact the department and see it. Four issues have been generated with articles ranging from the Rio Grande rift in New Mexico to South Dakota so far (oops, there is even one about the Llano Uplift of Texas).

The publication does not compete with the Mountain Geologist, in that it appears, so far, to be more focused on crustal tectonics, hard rock geology, and good old-fashioned paleontology.

I think you’ll enjoy what you see. Contact Art Snoke at the University of Wyoming about it, Box 3006, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 80271.

Robbie Gries

Dear Ed[itor]:
After reading (three times) that definition credited to C.B. Hunt (1953, Glossary of Geology) of a cactolith as a chonolith, ductolith, harpolith, etc., etc., I took a guess that Hunt may have been influenced by the music, lyrics, and alliteration in Tom Lehrer’s many songs of the 1950s. Among Lehrer’s classic alliterative songs was one that sounded like Hunt’s cactolith definition. I believe the title is “A Russian Lullaby”, and the lyrics go something like this:

“I have a friend in Minsk,
who has a friend in Pinsk, whose friend in Omsk
has a friend in Tomsk
who has a friend in Akmolinsk.”

Perhaps there are other literary gems like Hunt’s hidden in the pages of the Glossary?

Dick Powers