I recently started listening to a geologist podcast, The “Nick Zentner Geology Podcast” and in the very first episode he brings up that in his class one of the things he always brings up around day one is that he’s a Catholic and believes in science and that they are not this black and white at war subject. I tried to look him up in the “ BioLogos in site search” but nothing caked up.
The podcast is really good. It’s focused on North American geology with a emphasis on the NW. Though not next year for 2021 but maybe in 2022 I really want to focus on learning geology and going on fossil hunts, looking for minerals and rocks and so on. My typical habit it to do mini side hobbies each year or so and leading up to it I try to spend a year reading, studying, and networking with others so that I am not completely lagging behind when I start to center my hikes around those things.
So I have a few questions basically.
Has anyone heard of Nick?
Has anyone found any other good podcasts or books focused on geology or paleontology?
Are there any particularly good sites in USA to look for cool minerals and fossils that you’ve come across?
The book I have been recommended several times is focused in Alabama, which is Jim Lacefield’s “Lost Words in Alabama rocks”.
Also does anyone know any good books that breaches the ethics of looking for these things? Obviously you always want to be careful of things like habitat destruction, and I’m aware that if you find things from ancient burial grounds or arrowhead rocks you should alert the appropriate people and return it and that you can’t just take stuff from national parks unless it’s ok and so on. But I always like to make sure I am able to be considerate of anything I may be missing. Like I never knew it was wrong to take seeds from a nature preserve until someone thankfully talked to me about it.