Friday, January 2, 2009

Day 196: New words for a new year

Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

1: of, relating to, or constituting a portent portentous foreshadowing, hints of sinister and violent mysteries — Francine Prose>
2: eliciting amazement or wonder : prodigious
3 a: being a grave or serious matter <portentous decisions> b: self-consciously solemn or important : pompous <portentous declamation unsalted by the least trace of humor — W. H. Pritchard> c: ponderously excessive portentous phrases — R. M. Coles>

is the scientific study of landforms and the processes that shape them. Geomorphologists seek to understand why landscapes look the way they do: to understand landform history and dynamics, and predict future changes through a combination of field observation, physical experiment, and numerical modeling.

In the last couple of days I learned the two words listed above. They have stuck with me and have been deemed worthy of blogging about because if you mash these them together you have a phrase tidily sums of the focus of my work for the next year- starting with the landscape of the Nevada Test Site.

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