geology as infrastructure – mammoth // building nothing out of something

geology as infrastructure

Smudge Studio’s Geologic Time Viewer re-casts the “official Geologic Time Scale” as not only a way of looking back into the past, but also a window into the present: “the materialities of every previous geologic epoch flow into the present-as-middle and give form to our daily lives.” We learn, for instance, that iron infrastructures, like Manhattan Bridge, are built out of material laid down during the Precambrian; that it is Devonian oil which combusts in automobile engines; that East Coast brownstones are clad by Triassic stone; and that Cape Cod is an “ephemeral” Pleistocene landscape, “waiting for sea levels to rise and submerge it again”.

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  2. [...] geology as infrastructureSmudge Studio?s Geologic Time Viewer re-casts the ?official Geologic Time Scale? as not only a way of looking back into the past, but also a window into the present: ?the materialities of every previous geologic epoch flow into the present-as-middle and give form to our daily lives.? We learn, for instance, that iron infrastructures, like Manhattan Bridge, are built out of material laid down during the Precambrian; that it is Devonian oil which combusts in automobile engines; that East Coast brownstones are clad by Triassic stone; and that Cape Cod is an ?ephemeral? Pleistocene landscape, ?waiting for sea levels to rise and submerge it again?.(tags:geo history ) [...]