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GeoPizza! 2016

By dkeller on March 1, 2016

Forty geology students, faculty, staff and their families once again rose to the GeoPizza! challenge by making some very creative (& tasty) geology-themed pizzas from blank pizza doughs, red sauce, pesto, cheeses, and a wide assortment of toppings. In addition, salads and beverages were also provided by the geology department. Potluck geo-themed desserts made a great showing this year, including: a Wicked Local Trilobite, Columnar Jointing, “Pan”-gea, Elastic Rebound a la Panna Cotta, Fault Breccia along a Shear Fault, and Pillow Basalt Monkey Bread!

A total of twenty pizzas, plus one “Subduction Calzone,” were created at this year’s event. Check out the photos of some of the many fine pizzas and the great ideas behind them.

Click image below to launch slideshow of the event.

Petrology students (left to right: Alex Taylor, Seamus Crowley, Austin Sun, Lily Daggett, and Regina Pimentel) & their Skaergaard Intrusion Pizza.

Mighty tasty-looking layered mafic intrusion! Petrology students (left to right: Alex Taylor, Seamus Crowley, Austin Sun, Lily Daggett, and Regina Pimentel) & their Skaergaard Intrusion Pizza.

The first GeoPizza! of the night takes shape. (l to r: Martin Wong, Taylor Dawson, Maggie McGuire, and Sarah Katz)

The first GeoPizza! of the night takes shape. (l to r: Martin Wong, Taylor Dawson, Maggie McGuire, and Sarah Katz)

Ciara Pettinos and Becca Siladi proudly display their Lahar Field Pizza.

Ciara Pettinos and Becca Siladi proudly display their Lahar Field Pizza.

Kevin Varga (background) is very excited to finally make it to a GeoPizza! night. Mike Dubois adds his potluck creation to the dessert table while Connie Soja chats with surprise visitor, alum Giulianna Kafaf. Prof. Aubreya Adams in the foreground.

Kevin Varga (background) is very excited to finally make it to a GeoPizza! night. Mike Dubois adds his potluck creation to the dessert table while Connie Soja chats with surprise visitor, alum Giulianna Kafaf. Prof. Aubreya Adams in the foreground.

One of many fabulous GeoPizzas! - Meg Ryan gave a nod to her senior research topic with her Greenops Pizza

One of many fabulous GeoPizzas! – Meg Ryan gave a nod to her senior research topic with her Greenops Pizza.

Something tells me that piece of bacon never made it onto a pizza... Dave Linsley, enjoying the "hors d'oeuvres."

Something tells me that piece of bacon never made it onto a pizza… Dave Linsley, enjoying the “hors d’oeuvres.”

Pizza making in full swing! (visible faces, l to r: Sarah Katz, Jessica Hwang, Becca Siladi, Kate Hardock, Grace Howard, and Annie Preston)

Pizza making in full swing! (visible faces, l to r: Sarah Katz, Jessica Hwang, Becca Siladi, Kate Hardock, Grace Howard, and Annie Preston)

GeoPizza! in full swing - Part 2. (visible faces l to r: Ciara Pettinos, Taylor Dawson, Oleg Kozel, Martin Wong, Sarah Katz, & Maggie McGuire; in background - Connie Soja, Mike Dubois, Kevin Varga, Dave Linsley)

GeoPizza! in full swing – Part 2. (visible faces – l to r: Ciara Pettinos, Taylor Dawson, Oleg Kozel, Martin Wong, Sarah Katz, & Maggie McGuire; in background – Connie Soja, Mike Dubois, Kevin Varga, Dave Linsley)

Geophysics professor, Aubreya Adams, presents her Focal Mechanism Pizza.

Geophysics professor, Aubreya Adams, presents her Focal Mechanism Pizza.

Thumbs up! The pizzas taste as good as they look! (l to r: Julia Horne, Taylor Dawson, Megan Duffy, Kaylie Patacca, Ciara Pettinos, Becca Siladi, and Annie Preston)

Thumbs up! The pizzas taste as good as they look! (l to r: Julia Horne, Taylor Dawson, Megan Duffy, Kaylie Patacca, Ciara Pettinos, Becca Siladi, and Annie Preston)

And the pizzas look really good! Glenna Thomas amid some beautiful creations.

And the pizzas look really good! Glenna Thomas amid some beautiful creations.

Kate Hardock and Grace Howard with their Olivine Conglomerate Pizza.

Kate Hardock and Grace Howard with their Olivine Conglomerate Pizza.

Myongsun & Julia Peck work on a Magma Chamber Pizza. (Maybe that should have been a 'deep crust' pizza??)

Myongsun & Julia Peck work on a Magma Chamber Pizza. (Maybe that should have been a ‘deep crust’ pizza??)

Looking forward to sampling the Magma Chamber... Julia & Henry Peck.

Looking forward to sampling the Magma Chamber… Julia & Henry Peck.

A few more GeoPizzas take shape. (l to r: Giuliana Kafaf, Kevin Varga, Jessica Hwang, Oleg Kozel, Kate Hardock, Glenna Thomas, & Megan Duffy?)

A few more GeoPizzas take shape. (l to r: Giuliana Kafaf, Kevin Varga, Jessica Hwang, Oleg Kozel, Kate Hardock, Glenna Thomas, & Megan Duffy?)

Kevin Varga & Jessica Hwang enjoyed making their "When the Levee Breaks" pizza.

Kevin Varga & Jessica Hwang enjoyed making their “When the Levee Breaks” pizza.

Glenna Thomas & Kate Hardock with their Leonardo Di Caprio's Plight Pizza

Glenna Thomas & Kate Hardock with their Leonardo Di Caprio’s Plight Pizza

A first for GeoPizza! - The Subduction Calzone

A first for GeoPizza! – The Subduction Calzone

Future geology students, please don't look too closely at this one... Hopefully Taylor, Meg and Annie answered the question just as masterfully.

Future geology students, please don’t look too closely at this one… Hopefully Taylor, Meg and Annie answered the question just as masterfully.

Pizza making continues... (l to r: Regina Pimentel, Austin Sun, Alex Taylor, Seamus Crowley, Lily Daggett, & Oleg Kozel)

Pizza making continues… (l to r: Regina Pimentel, Austin Sun, Alex Taylor, Seamus Crowley, Lily Daggett, & Oleg Kozel)

Oleg and the second of three of his creations - Prograding Shoreline X-Section w/ Gamma Ray Log and Eustatic Sea Level Curve. even the name is a mouthful!

Oleg and the second of three of his creations – Prograding Shoreline X-Section w/ Gamma Ray Log and Eustatic Sea Level Curve. Even the name is a mouthful!

Megan Duffy & Kaylie Patacca represent Amy Leventer's diatom lab well with their beautiful Asteromphalus Pizza.

Megan Duffy & Kaylie Patacca represent Amy Leventer’s diatom lab well with their beautiful Asteromphalus Pizza.

The Rock Hammer Pizza was a smash hit!

The Rock Hammer Pizza was a smash hit!

Meg Ryan & Annie Preston take GeoPizza! design to a new level...

Meg Ryan & Annie Preston take GeoPizza! design to a new level…

Oleg Kozel, Glenna Thomas, and Becca Siladi create a 3-D pizza masterpiece of their own.

Oleg Kozel, Glenna Thomas, and Becca Siladi create a 3-D pizza masterpiece of their own.

And here it is: Strike-slip Pizza, complete with tomato-olive seismologist

And here it is: Strike-slip Pizza, complete with tomato-olive seismologist

Oleg slices along the fault...

Oleg slices along the fault…

A few close-ups of some GeoPizza descriptions.

A few close-ups of some GeoPizza descriptions.

And a couple more...

And a couple more…

Last but not least - a few pictures of the calm before the storm...

Last but not least – a few pictures of the calm before the storm…


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