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New Zealand Nunatak | by Trey Ratcliff
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New Zealand Nunatak

Ready for a fun, nerdy geology fact? Sure you are! That pyramidal structure in the middle is called a nunatak. I used to have a double-major in comp sci and geophysics, but quit the latter after a fight with a moronic tenured professor. It wasn't a fist-fight... an intellectual one, a fight with which I contend I won. I just studied geophysics it because I love the Earth and I think rocks and landscapes are super-interesting, not because I wanted a job drilling for oil or anything (the career path for many geophysicists... reminds me of a great Alan Watts lecture that it's frowned upon for people to study things in universities unless they are looking to fit a cog in a machine) - anyway, this nunatak was formed when the two glaciers from the Dart and Rees from the left and right side came together to carve out that perfect triangle. Technically, it's not a triangle or pyramid, but a sloping triangular prism... okay nerd talk done. Who cares? It's pretty. Okay, a little more nerd talk... nunatak is one of the only Greenladish words in our lexicon if you're into etymology. I got this on a fun helicopter ride a few weeks ago with Joann and some friends from Over The Top Helicopters.

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Taken on March 4, 2021