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From: bigbear#NoSpam.garlic.com

 Geology: Terrible Giants Can Find Alligators Or Quaint Tigers
          Conveniently Digestible.
          Hardness scale for minerals: Talc, Gypsum, Calcite, Flourite,
          Apatite, Orthoclase feldspar, Quartz, Topaz, Corundum, Diamond.

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From: Elise Matthesen <lionesselise#NoSpam.gmail.com>

Here's a Moh's scale of hardness mnemonic I made up that gives the
first two letters of each mineral:

Tall Gypsy, Call Flying Apes, Or Queen Toad Could Die!

Talc, gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, orthoclase, quartz, topaz,
corundum, diamond.

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From: Matthew Rowles <rowlesmr#NoSpam.ses.curtin.edu.au>

To convert between Grid north and magnetic north on a map, use: East is
least, West is best.

If the magnetic variation is, say, 3 degrees west, add 3 onto the grid
bearing to obtain a magnetic bearing. And vice versa.

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From: Skip Flem <nt1g#NoSpam.comcast.net>

Can Dead Men Vote Twice

Compass   (reading)
 Deviation (ship's magnetic field error)
   Variation (earth's error)
    True (course)

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From: "Nick Richardson" <nickrichardson#NoSpam.ntlworld.com>

Compass +- Deviation = Magnetic +- Variation = True
Cadbury's   Dairy   Milk   Very   Tasty
or backwards; True Virgins Make Dull Company
(As taught on RYA Yachtmaster course (Tom? Sage) circa 1975)

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From: dpbsmith#NoSpam.world.std.com (Daniel P. B. Smith)

"Come on, see daring men play polo." (Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian,
Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, Permian).  "Phooey! Even old men
play polo, right?" (Palaeocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene,
Pleistocene, and Recent).

From: Richard Mentock <mentock#NoSpam.mindspring.com>
 As many eras have the same first letter, this can be confusing (originally
pensylvanian and permian were transposed in this list).

A better mnemonic avoids this problem (it incorporates the first *three*
letters of each name) is "CAMpus ORDered SILicon DEVices, MISsed PENcil
PERmits," which gives a nice leg up on memorizing the mnemonic.

From: john.tant#NoSpam.exchange.com (John Tant)
Campbell's Onion Soup Does Make People Puke.

From: Uhfs6#NoSpam.aol.com
Carry on sucking Dave's cock please, Terry: James comes too quickly.
Donated by David C. Hayman, FGS, FRGS

From: "anne.burgess" <anne.burgess#NoSpam.newscientist.net>

 The Open University Geological Society uses:

PREgnant CAMels ORDinarily SIt Down CARefully. PERhaps Their Joints CREak.
Possible Early Oiling Might Prevent Rusting

(eras: Precambrian,Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, carboniferous
 Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous) (cenozoic: Paleocene, Eocene,
Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene)

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From: Jim Himanga <auu_auu#NoSpam.kingwoodcable.com>

 For the order of the Palezoic: Can Oscar see down my pants pocket?
Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian,

For the Cenozoic: Put eggs on my plate please.
Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene

From: ndsg_mmii#NoSpam.yahoo.co.uk (Nigel Greenwood)
Edward Hennessey asked for the "maximum number of initial letters from each
of the epochs".  Here are a few I devised recently:

PZ & MZ periods:  Cambridge Ordinand Silently Develops Carbuncles at
Permanent Trial by Jury for Creationists

or, if you want to make a meal of it:   Campari, hOrs d'oeuvres, I
Silently Devour Carbonara ... Permit me to Try a Juicy Crustacean!

CZ epochs: Pal-Eont-Ologists Myopically Ply Plastic Hoes.

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From: Alain Gottcheiner <agot#NoSpam.ulb.ac.be>

 To remember the names of subdivisions of the paleozoic era in French:

"CAMbronne, OR DOnc, S'IL eö€št ą¤¼tą¤¼ DEVOt, n'eö€št point CARBONisą¤¼ son PERe"

= Cambrien , Ordovicien, Silurien, Dą¤¼vonien, Carbonifą„re, Permien

(we don't speak very often of the Mississippian & Pennsylvanian this side
of the Atlantic.  They are grouped under the heading "carboniferous")

Cambronne was the hero of Waterloo much as Mc Auliffe is Bastogne. His
answer was a four-letter word, which is 5-lettered in french.

The sentence may be translated as :

Cambronne, by the way, were he devout, wouldn't have burnt his father to

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From: Matthew Rowles <rowlesmr#NoSpam.ses.curtin.edu.au>
 To avoid confusing stalactites with stalagmites:

 Stalactites: They hang on tite
	    : stalactites hang onto the ceiling.

 There's no c in stalagmite.
  Stalagmites: They aren't stalactites.

From: Jim Himanga <auu_auu#NoSpam.kingwoodcable.com>
 To avoid confusing stalactites with stalagmites: As mites go up, tites
come down.

From: Mavric8796#NoSpam.aol.com
 The easiest way to remember Stalagtite/ mite is: Stalagmites mite hang,
but they don't.

From: "anne.burgess" <anne.burgess#NoSpam.newscientist.net>

 StalacTITEs hold TIGHT to the roof, and stalagMITEs MIGHT one day join up
with them

From: "Rand Fisher" <randnf#NoSpam.yahoo.com>
Stalactites/Stalagmites - 
If her tites come down, you mite get a lay! 

From: "The Hesseltines" <corgis#NoSpam.neb-sandhills.net>

stala-C-tites vs stala-G-mites.
c is for ceiling and g is for ground

From: "Rd" <rd.edwards#NoSpam.bigpond.com>

Stalactites: They hang on tite
and for Stalagmites:
They mite reach up to the ceiling

From Renaud Fortuner <fortuner#NoSpam.wanadoo.fr>
It's easier in French:
"Stalactites tombent, stalagmites montent" (with "tomber" = go down and "monter" = go up)

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