Friday, October 25, 2013

Inside the Green Dragon

A quick look at the refurbished trolley car known as the "Green Dragon," part of the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority's M-Line in Dallas, TX:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Geo-RoadTrip 2013: A Walk in the Park

Before we ended our trip and said goodbye to Minnesota we made one final stop to see some old friends.  The city is the birthplace of cartoonist Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, and to honor him and his work there are character statues populating Rice Park downtown.  Here are some pictures we took on the was to the airport:

Video coming soon!

Friday, October 4, 2013

GeoRoadTrip: On Location #38 - Mickey's Dining Car

One of our last stops on the trip was for breakfast at the world famous Mickey's Dining Car in St. Paul:

What makes it world famous, you ask?  Well the vintage diner can be seen in The Mighty Ducks:

Jingle All the Way also gives you a good look at The Church of the Assumption across the street:

And to top it all off, the food was great!  Video coming soon!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Geo-RoadTrip 21013: Where Every Night is Taconite

Welcome to the town of Silver Bay, MN, home of Rocky Taconite.  The town's mascot is yet another celebration of the mining industry and culture that is so prevalent in the area:

The town also offers a great view of the  north shore of Lake Superior:

Video coming soon!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Geo-RoadTrip 2013: Down the Hatch

Our next stop was Minnesota's oldest iron ore mine.  At the Soudan Underground Mine State Park a quick, terrifying ride down a tiny elevator/cage takes you half a mile underground.  It's the same elevator that the miners used to get all the way down there:

Once you get down, you can see the stats:

One the tour, you also get to ride the same mine cars that the miners used and get a lot of info about what it was like to work the mines throughout the years.

Another interesting feature you can see down there are examples of banded, unoxidized iron deposits.  These deposits from the Soudan iron formation are over 1.8 billion years old and make up the chief ore body of the mine:

They are evidence of the lack of oxygen in earth's ancient atmosphere.

Video coming soon!