geology

Hiking and Talking

Him: Hi, old friend and new neighbor, would you mind a walkabout these hills?

Me: It’s a Sunday afternoon, why not?

Him: Okay, let’s go to Sveta Katarina! Have you been there yet?

Me: Many times, but not on foot.

Him, 10 minutes into the hike: This is an inscription by Albin Belar!

Me: He lived somewhere near, didn’t he?

Him: Yes, we will see his house on our way back. His wife and children went to America, he stayed here.

Me: I know. He wanted to join them, but he somehow didn’t manage to.

Him: He died in 1930’s.

Me: In 1939, to be exact.

Him: You think so? This is an very interesting trail, especially when the Sun is shining, unlike today.

Me: It’s foggy November, what can you do about that. Never mind, I like it anyway.

Him: It’s warm though, winters are not as they used to be. When I was a child, we had one meter of snow every winter.

Me: You were just shorter, relative to the fallen snow.

Him: See down there, where the river is flowing. This would be a big lake of dirty water for a hydro power plant, had we not prevented its construction in the 1990’s.

Me: I was never a big fan of hydroelectric power, anyway. But if it wasn’t for you personally, there would be an electric power dam, yes, I know.

Him: Unspoiled nature is our biggest asset! Just look at those hills. They are remnants of the glacier which melted after the last ice age!

Me: It wasn’t the last ice age. There have been about 22 during last several million years, now we are going into number 23. Those hills were shaped by many different glaciers.

Him: You really think so?

Me: Of course, since our planet rotates at an ever slower pace, we have ever more severe ice ages.

Him: You really think that?

Me: I have no doubt. We could intervene and prevent the next ice age, but it’s surely coming.

Him: You don’t believe in Global Warming, I know.

Me: Sure I don’t, it’s just bullshit. The next ice age will be here in 10000 or so years. If we don’t change nature’s course, of course. But not with CO2 emission but by some ultratech.

Him: Scientists observed the warming because of CO2. No matter what you are saying.

Me: What scientists? Bunch of morrons. You should read my blog.

Two hours later.

Him: This is Albin Belar’s house!

Me: Beautiful!

Him: This rock in front of the house fell from a mountain during an earthquake 30 years ago. We brought it here as tribute to him as an seismology pioneer.

Me: Nice! See, Albin Belar 1864-1939, says the rock!

Him: Oh yes, you have  a good memory.

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