Once again the GeoPizza! challenge to make geology-themed pizzas from blank pizza doughs, red sauce, pesto, cheeses, and a wide variety of toppings was more than met by geology students, faculty, staff and their families. This year we even saw our first 2-crust creation: a cookie-sheet-sized flat slab “Subduction Calzone,” complete with an accretionary wedge and magnetic anomalies. To go along with the 18 GeoPizza! creations that were served, everyone also enjoyed a choice of two salads, trilobite crudités, chips & dips, assorted beverages, as well as some delicious potluck GeoDesserts!
Check out the photos of this year’s event along with some of the many fine pizzas and the great ideas behind them.
GeoPizza! 2017 – A glimpse of the pre-event preparations.
The first GeoPizza! makers of the night (l to r: Taylor Dawson, Natalie Smith, Dhara Patel, Megan Martis, Monica Dimas, and Hayley Pearson)
Pineapple dunes, broccoli vegetation, a cheese beach, and a meat ocean… Natalie Smith & Ellis Van Slyke recreate the dissipative beach they learned about in Marine Geology this term
Relaxing & enjoying good conversation and trilo-crudites (l to r: Oleg Kozel, Nate Taylor, Adam Coles, Glenna Thomas, Hannah Bercovici, and Megan Duffy)
Victoria Arnold & Mark LaPan and their Barrovian Sequence ‘za. (The oven must have been hotter toward the back.) (Adam Coles in the background)
A better look at the Barrovian Sequence ‘za (l to r: Mark LaPan, Victoria Arnold, Isabel Dove, and Hayley Pearson)
GeoPizza! chef Isabel Dove explains the design, while co-chef Hayley Pearson ponders what comes next.
A+ ! to Isabel Dove & Hayley Pearson for correctly remembering and labeling their Centered Uniaxial Optic Axis Figure ‘za!! Tasty right down to the melatope!
Another nice picture of Isabel and Hayley
Oleg & his first garnet corona
Oleg’s thesis topic pizza – Coronitic Anothosite ‘za, complete with scale bar and zircon crystal.
Prof. Martin Wong seems impressed by Oleg Kozel’s GeoPizza! creation.
Oleg proudly displays his Coronitic Anorthosite ‘za, fresh from the oven.
The beauty of diatoms captured in pizza… Fragilariopsis kerguelensis ‘za (Say that 3 times fast!)
Megan Duffy & Aurelia Casarubias ready to bite into their Fragilariopsis Kerguelensis ‘za – winner of this year’s “Name is a Mouthful Award.” It looks mighty tasty too!
Ciara Pettinos & her Bivalve Project Study Area GeoPizza! – a nod to her thesis topic. Who knew ‘clams’ went so well on a pizza!
Some early GeoPizza!s take shape. (pizza makers – l to r: Isabel Dove, Hayley Pearson, Jake Mahr, and Hannah Bercovici; visible faces in background: Jackson Lucas and Aurelia Casarubias)
Hannah & Jake show what Galapa-goes well on their Galapagos Archipelago GeoPizza!
Jackson Lucas, Kaylie Patacca, Kayla Robinson, and Glenna Thomas begin their GeoPizza! with pesto and lots of smiles.
Crustal deformation makes a tasty creation – Nate Taylor and his Crustal Shortening ‘za
Megan Martis (l) and Monica Dimas (r) admire Dhara Patel’s GeoPizza! masterpiece… (see the next slide)
And here it is… Dhara’s T-rex-erriific GeoPizza! (It’s now extinct)
Monica & Megan had a mountain of fun making their own GeoPizza! too – the M & M Orogeny ‘za
It’s a pizza… it’s a PT diagram! Shazamm! It’s a PTzza Diagram!! Sam is shocked by the sheer brilliance their GeoPizza! idea. (l to r: Sam Timothy, Adam Coles, and Adrian Heath; Mark LaPan and Victoria Arnold int the background)
And here it is… a true masterpizza! by Sam Timothy, Adam Coles, & Adrian Heath
Taylor Dawson & Katie Karnes present their LPO Pattern ‘za
Table of ‘Za
#Seniors #ThesisTears – Seniors: Kaylie Patacca, Jackson Lucas, and Glenna Thomas are Feeling Sedimentary at their last GeoPizza! before graduating.
A GeoPizza! first!! A two-crust Subduction Calzone (and not just in the continental vs. oceanic crust sense) (The ‘volcano’ even ‘erupted’ tomato paste during cooking)
And here are the creators with their cooked 2-crust Subduction Calzone – Glenna Thomas & Oleg Kozel.
Geophysics Prof. Aubreya Adams pinpoints the epicenter of a fine dessert.
GeoDesserts! – Normal Fault Cake, Zeolite Cookies & Oolitic Limestone Bars
GeoPizza! designs and descriptions clearly show everyone learned a lot this year :- )
A few more descriptions…
And last but not least…