The adage ‘The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks’ has some worth for encouraging people to go out in the field more. However, my personal modification would be ‘The best geologist is the one who has thought the most about rocks’. Field geology, like all other sciences, involves the recording of data and using it to test hypotheses or draw inferences. At the individual level the shift is from being a passive observer, who is guided through the exposure by the commentary from the party leader, to someone who arrives at an exposure and immediately...

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