Basic Geology Geoscientist of the Week

Guest Video: The 4-Ton Steel Ball of Göttingen

Ludger Mintrop designed equipment to test geophysical theories of his teacher, the German geoscientists Emil Weichert, and incidentally founded the geophysical field of seismic reflection profiling. Also he punched the Earth. Real hard.


Have you ever been so angry you punched the Earth?

Ludger Mintrop was clever, not angry.

He designed equipment to test the geophysical theories of his teacher, Emil Wiechert and incidentally founded the field of seismic reflection profiling.

Also he punched the Earth. Real hard.

h/t to Mental Floss.


Featured image: Ludger Mintrop with two others. Source. (German language)


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About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

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