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Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

This is a quick overview of this site to help outside searchers get oriented. Visit myhome page for more information. Use the "Back" function of your browser toreturn to your previous page.

General Information Geology Courses Other Courses
  • Current Course Schedule
  • University Survival Guide
  • Personal Biographical Information
  • Physical Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Structural Geology
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Field Methods
  • Planetary Geology
  • Emergence of Western Technology
  • Explorations of the Universe
Topics of research or personal scholarly interest Other Topics of Personal Interest
  • Geology of Wisconsin
  • Symmetry and Crystallography
  • Tilings and polyhedra
  • Science, Pseudoscience and Irrationalism
  • Gulf War-Kurdistan Diary 1991
  • Bosnia Diary 1996
  • Britain-Ireland Trip

A Disclaimer of Sorts, or at Least a Caution

I have enough to do keeping this site maintained, let alone keeping track of other sites. I do not exchange links.

This is not an official UW-Green Bay site. Pages that refer to my militaryactivities are not official U.S. Army pages. To relieve pressure on my campus server, parts of this site are housed on a server at another campus dedicated to archiving material of earth science interest.

Neither I nor the University of Wisconsin assume any liability for your use of the material presented here. This material is carefully prepared but errors are possible.

I am almost always happy to grant permission for use of my material. Almost everything on this site is my own. Just linking to my site is the equivalent of citing something in a bibliography, and in my view does not require permission.

One of the unexpected results of putting my class notes on line is that I have gottenrequests from outsiders who hit my site while searching for all sorts of stuff. Forexample, I got a request for information on caliche (mentioned in the soils lecture in myPhysical Geology course) and the Mongols (which I mention in a history of science andtechnology class).

I will be happy to respond to requests for information (except as noted below) withinthe limits of my other tasks and expertise. I research my facts as carefully,conscientiously and thoroughly as I can, but please be aware that no professor is anexpert on every subject he touches upon in his classes. By virtue of temperament and thesort of university I teach at, I cover an unusually broad range of topics. However, mydegree is in geology, and I should not be regarded or cited as an expert in areas farremoved from that field.

One lesson learned from this experience is that many searchers are just looking for atoehold to get started. I am trying to document my pages as opportunity permits. Also, myUniversity Survival Guide has a page on references that mightprove useful. Finally, if you spot any errors or have some more modern information than Ido, please let me know. Thanks for visiting.

Note to Students:

The Internet is not a substitute for library research and I will not assist searcherswho try to use it that way. Sorry to sound unfriendly, but I am seeing a lot ofrequests for information that can easily be found in textbooks or libraries. When I getsuch a request, I will respond with advice to visit your local public or universitylibrary, with a few suggestions for where to begin searching. The vast majorityof useful information is in print, not on the Web, and between copyright issuesand the expense of creating and maintaining web sites, it will remain that wayfor a long time to come.

Failure to plan ahead on your part does not create an emergency on my part.

Abusive and Idiotic Comments

This does not apply to 99% of visitors!! Do not be frightened!!

If you respond to anything on this site with abusive, threatening, or grossly stupid comments, you grant me permission to publish that comment with your e-mail address, as well as any other information I can discover, including but not limited to, your address, telephone number, employer and picture. You also grant me permission to forward your comments to law enforcement, your family and associates, your employer, pastor and therapist. And since I keep a file of such material, you grant me permission to do the same with anything you sent prior to this notice being posted.

Does this apply to me? Only if you write stuff like this:

And what is your evidence for that, pompous guy? And the Mainstreamers do? And how in the Hell is asking, "What if everything can be explained by nature" a defeat of the Bible? CHRISTIANS DON'T ASK BECAUSE NOT EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE CAN BE EXPLAINED BY PHYSICS LAWS, THAT INCLUDES THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE. And now that I think about it, I actually did write an article about five days ago before even reading this nonsense, which I did just now, about why the laws are they way they are.

Or this...

I really hope someone is paying you for your 911 Physics page.Every single sentence and paragraph is overflowing with fallacies ,red herrings and false arguments. If I was going to openly display such stupidity...hopefully I'd get paid. So, when the top parts come lose from the impact..they fall through what at near free fall ? Air ?

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Created 10 June 1998, Last Update 31 May 2020