Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cake t-shirt

Contest du jour: Tell me why this t-shirt design (recently re-issued at Threadless.com) is wrong. There's a major error in that sketch somewhere that makes it a geological impossibility.

Hint: it has nothing to do with the fork and plate. That's just a joke, not a misconception. First one to answer correctly wins a GEOLOGY ROCKS bumper sticker!

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Blogger CJR said...

I suppose the creamy filling at depth is a little bit suspect, although it could be an attempt to represent the 'jelly sandwich' model of crustal strength...

(I do see the actual error too, but I'll give someone else in a closer postal code - and a car - the chance to win the coveted sticker)

And I still want one.

February 5, 2008 9:04 AM  
Blogger Tuff Cookie said...

I have a problem with the obvious inclusion of shredded coconut in the second layer. Coconut does not belong in a cake, in my opinion. (On, maybe.)

That is a nice little error, though. (I'll let other people catch it, since I'm already in possession of a bumper sticker.)

I kind of want the shirt, but I'm also anticipating getting poked in an awkward area when people point out the mistake.

February 5, 2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Ron Schott said...

I think what you're citing as an error is, in fact, a highly improbable situation, but not entirely impossible geologically.

February 5, 2008 11:44 AM  
Blogger Callan Bentley said...

OK -- Ron's right. It's not "impossible," just highly improbable. (A very-low-angle thrust fault would presumably be responsible, if it were real.) But I'm betting this diagram's author wasn't thinking of that. Anyhow, let's revise the question: what about this image is highly improbable?

February 5, 2008 11:50 AM  
Blogger MJC Rocks said...

Well, it is stunningly clear that they have constructed a coal burning power plant over an easily polluted groundwater basin containing limestone. And not only that, a sinkhole could open up beneath the powerplant!

February 5, 2008 12:06 PM  
Anonymous waranha said...

The third layer from the bottom displays an angular unconformity from the front view, however, looking from the side view, the lines of the unconformity do not jive. There is an obvious inconsistency with the lines that represent this image. If this was an actual slice of earth, the view from the side should not display any of the lines that it does. -wa

Can a brother get a sticker?

February 5, 2008 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Rusty said...

the middle, where the igneous intrusion goes up into the shale, it doesn't come from anywhere. should have a root going down through the bottom strata

December 13, 2008 12:03 PM  

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