Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Day 156. Iran

In January 2013 on January 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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Flying from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Paris, it’s as though I’m hovering over a giant Google Map of Iran.

I can’t zoom in, but it doesn’t matter because the image is flawless. Not a single cloud blocks my view.

Plains and low mountain ranges appear red and dusty, reminiscent of recent images sent to Earth from the Mars Rover Curiosity.

The Geological Survey of Iran tells me I’m looking at the Zagros mountain range, comprising a classical series of parallel ridges and valleys which runs down the Western side of the country. These result from folding of a sequence of Precambrian (before 600 million years ago) to Pliocene (5.3 to 2.6 million years ago) shelf sediments about 8-10 km thick. In the distant East peaks are higher, covered in a spattering of snow.

From the plane I can also see rivers dividing into smaller and smaller tributaries, and plots of farming land on the plains. I can’t imagine what life must be like as a farmer in Iran, but surely it wouldn’t be easy.


Day 153. Longhaul reading

In January 2013 on January 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm


Tomorrow I’m flying to Paris.

Although I haven’t flown long-haul for many years, I’m not nervous. In fact, the thought of nigh on 24 hours uninterrupted is quite exciting.

I’ve been saving up some online popular science articles to read on the flight. Here’s a selection:

[image thanks to xlibber on flickr]

Day 17. Dreaming

In August 2012 on August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

In-between cranking out some serious science writing for a client, today I’m dreaming.

Yesterday science online guru Bora Zivkovic posted a link to a list of 25+ top journalism & freelance writing conferences for 2012-13.

I can’t tear my eyes away from it! Imagine the freedom of being able to hop in a plane and scoot off to Be a Better Freelancer! Resources for a Successful Editorial Business. Or Science Writers 2012, with sessions such as How Lives Unfold: the childhood roots of adult health and life success, or The search for human origins in the age of the genome.

The one I’d really like to save up for is Science Online 2013. Failing that, a local get-together for viewing of live-streamed sessions might be in order. Watch this space….