Monday, April 01, 2013

Detecting geologic units by smell: rock aromas added to Google Nose database

Geologists can now identify most geologic formations in the U.S. with a data base of unique odors now linked to the Google Nose app.

The geo-smells are included in the  Google Aromabase of over 15M scentibytes  and were collected by field geologists using portable odorometers to crush and analyze samples from formations, members, and facies of every major geologic unit.     Collection of aromas from igneous and volcanic rocks is currently underway and is expected to revolutionize prediction of volcanic eruptions.   Fresh lava has a much different smell than old, cold, flows.

Geologists are only starting to understand how we can use Google Nose for mineral and petroleum exploration and detection of fossils.

Posted April 1, 2013


  1. Anonymous11:42 AM

    New smartphone apps: piling one layer of nonsense upon the next.

  2. Anonymous5:53 PM

    I really hope they don't add the Roger Road Wastewater Reclamation facility as the Tucson smell.

  3. Anonymous8:15 AM

    April 1st!!!

  4. Surprising how many of those formations smell fishy, isn't it?

  5. Amazing ! This is cool!

  6. Ever wish you could search Google by smell? Now you can.
    Google, as per tradition, is out with their latest April Fools' Day prank to celebrate the practical joke-based holiday.