Nicolas Steno Google Logo: Geology Google

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Nicolas Steno Google Logo

Today, Google is celebrating the 374th birthday of the founder of modern geology, Nicolas Steno with a special logo.

As you can see, the logo looks like exploration of the ocean to the earth and its inhabitants. It is a great symbolism of Nicolas Steno work.

Nicolas Steno was born on January 11, 1638 in Denmark and died on December 5, 1686 in Schwerin, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

He had a very interesting life, which you can read about on Wikipedia.

I personally like the Google logo, aka Doodle, very much. Kudos to the Google Doodle designer on this.

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Michael Menelli

01/11/2012 01:48 pm

I agree, this is a great doodle. One of the best I've seen.


01/11/2012 01:54 pm

Google!  Back to grade school!  Learn to write the English language!   It's = it is.  So you're saying, "the earth and it is inhabitants."  Make-a no sense, dolts.

dakota brakebill

01/11/2012 01:56 pm

haha that's funny


01/11/2012 01:57 pm

How old are you, Barry?  That's a good article.  You said good things and it was nice.  Good job.


01/11/2012 01:58 pm

You need to sit on your little cushion a meditate a bit more. The apostrophe shows possession. D'oh!


01/11/2012 01:59 pm

Grrrr!  Love, love, love the logo.  Hate that Google can't spell its.  Jeez.


01/11/2012 02:00 pm

i like people


01/11/2012 02:01 pm

agree. not it's but "its"... ignorant Americans!

Barry Schwartz

01/11/2012 02:01 pm

fixed the typo, sorry. why so angry about it?


01/11/2012 02:02 pm

Oh, pipe down Buddysattva. It's an error. Just admire the Google Doodle that you clicked on to learn about and move along.

English Teacher

01/11/2012 02:06 pm

The apostrophe does show possession, except with the word its/it's. Its is actually the possessive form of the word, while it's is, in fact, a contraction for it is. :)


01/11/2012 02:06 pm

Without him we wouldn't have thought to look below.  Can use this in my Earth Science class. What is missing and why. Great google!!

Michael Kearns

01/11/2012 02:07 pm

Such acidity over a grammar mistake! It's nice to see so many perfect people out there. Come on folks, point on the mistake and move on. No need to get ugly.

Justin Weeces

01/11/2012 02:07 pm

No, "its" is not the same as "it's". "Its" shows possession. "It's" is the conjunction for "it is". Just like everything else in the English language, not all rules are universal.


01/11/2012 02:07 pm

Hey! You changed the it's to its. That was quick!  


01/11/2012 02:08 pm

If you look at it again, there is no apostrophy shown.  So his "its" IS correct.  You are wrong showing it as "it's" in your put down.  I guess "it's" you who needs to go back to grade school, huh.

Karen Naylor

01/11/2012 02:08 pm

Simmah down now.  It's fixed and we shant speak of it again.


01/11/2012 02:09 pm

don't worry about it barry people are always looking for a reason to judge.

Barry Schwartz

01/11/2012 02:10 pm

yea, it is okay. :) see how I did that, two words broken out.

Katelyn Straley

01/11/2012 02:13 pm

You're the "ignorant American" for being a dick about a typo. 


01/11/2012 02:13 pm

Shouldn't it be "He had a very interesting life..."   He is no longer alive.


01/11/2012 02:15 pm

i like men


01/11/2012 02:15 pm

He "has" an interesting life???? He died in the 1600's for goodness sake. I am very worried about the literacy of people everywhere.....

Barbara s sloas

01/11/2012 02:17 pm

posted on facebook,  but just so i think you will see this,  like,like,   made my day.  thanks.  every body have a happy.


01/11/2012 02:17 pm

Thanks for ijamacating me, Google.

Me voila

01/11/2012 02:20 pm

I, for one, enjoy the learning experience from the design...


01/11/2012 02:20 pm

Oh my goodness! What is wrong with all you people picking on this poor guy's article?! He'll never write another thing again without having a nervous break down while checking spelling & grammar. :(


01/11/2012 02:21 pm

Who is the artist?!

Barry Schwartz

01/11/2012 02:24 pm

I am okay. :) Heck look at all the comments and traffic it lead to. I mean, many people came back over and over again to make fun of me.


01/11/2012 02:25 pm

Whoa, this guy is old? And who is he? Jeeeppeersss (;


01/11/2012 02:28 pm

Let's learn to embrace errors and correct accordingly and move on. It is hard for certain cyber dwellers to let go of minor spelling flaws most likely due to the fact that make less money than the author for whom we are poking fun at.  Oh, did I use 'whom' correctly or should it be 'who?'


01/11/2012 02:28 pm

Man this guy is OLD! Hahaha. He has a goatee! Haha HAPPY 374TH BIRTHDAY Nicolas Steno! Hahaha! He's AWESOME!


01/11/2012 02:33 pm

Wow To true ! after doing a little reasearch i see that you are right, it's dose ="it is" or "it has" so the real spelling should be "its",  That is the neuter version of his and her, so if you put the words his or her in place of the "its" and it sounds kinda right then "its" is the word you would use !


01/11/2012 02:34 pm

Bizarrely written, for sure.  Reads like it was written by someone whose first language is NOT English.  Probably not Barry Schwartz, but maybe Barry should keep better watch on who he is hiring to write his blurbs for him.


01/11/2012 02:42 pm

"Its" is a possessive adjective — sometimes also considered a possessive pronoun — meaning "belonging to it." The confusion arises because if you don't substitute the pronoun "it" for the noun, an apostrophe is used. When "it" is used in place of the noun, however, an apostrophe is no longer used. Instead of "a rabbit's cage," you might say "its cage." Instead of "the house's window," you would say "its window." so "its" is correct.. Instead of using the Words Ocean and Earth again, they used its....


01/11/2012 02:42 pm

Who gives a crap! Quit screwing around and changing things on my phone. If I want to look something up I will. I don't need an uninvited redirect.

Dr. M. Maduell

01/11/2012 02:44 pm

do read the wikipedia article!  what an interesting man!

Interested in English

01/11/2012 02:59 pm

"It's" is the CONTRACTION for "it is."   And as long as we are picking nits, the quotation marks always go outside the punctuation.


01/11/2012 03:03 pm

376 it should be


01/11/2012 03:04 pm

It's not like you are paying for are using somebody else's creation...make your own site and leave the creative geniuses to do what they do best!


01/11/2012 03:05 pm

Nicolas Steno was a Christian and beliver in the Bible, a recent creation, and a global flood in the days of Noah.  See the article at this link.


01/11/2012 03:30 pm

Thank you for being creative and introducing  Nicolas Steno to the attention of some who do not participate in keeping an active mind.  Your story opens our thinking module to changing our daily routine and to be more productive in the society we live in.


01/11/2012 03:32 pm

Thank you Barry Schwartz for this story.  I took geology in high school 55 years ago and from that point on it opened up a whole new world for me.  Wherever I go and see rocks of any kind I take the time to look at the strata and the shapes the strata makes when it is pushed up by tectonic movement of the earths crust and wonder to myself what story does the strata have to tell about where it was prior to becoming strata.  Oftentimes I will stop and walk up to the strata and look closely at the rocks for any fossils that may be mixed in with the strata.  I got lucky one day and came upon a rock that had a lot of small shells mixed in with the rock and thought to myself, this rock is very old for it took a long time for the shells to become encrusted in the rock and the shells were inside and an integral part of the rock.  I learned back in the time I was taking geology that rocks with shells in them were old but I didn't learn how old for some were older than others.   I found the rock at a new subdivision in Benecia, CA that was being constructed as a trench was being excavated for the underground utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer and drainage).  The workers hit rock as they were digging and when they did they immediately stopped working and PG&E contacted their own geologist about the find and he came and took a look and was taken aback for he had no idea rocks of this type were in the area of where the excavating was taking place. He then phoned a geologist at U.C. Berkeley and both met on site and came to the conclusion the age of the rocks was around 250 million years.  There were a lot of rocks laying around from the excavation and everybody at the site took a rock home with them.  We all knew it would be a conversation piece were it placed on a table in our living rooms, and we were right.  Yes, this rock has become my "pet rock" and I have Nicolas Steno to thank for that for it was he who opened up the door for me to have the pleasure of learning of geology and opening my eyes to a whole new world on the service and underground. Thank you Nicolas Steno for your being and your genius for you have left a mark on this space ship we call Earth that has changed how we look at our planet, how we live our lives, and how we are able to find oil underground. I wish Nicolas Steno could know how he changed the lives for the future, for he did so on a grand scale.


01/11/2012 03:39 pm

i love rocks this picture is amazing


01/11/2012 03:44 pm

dude i know right

Zachary Bauer

01/11/2012 03:47 pm

Evolution is dead.  The strata layers were created in a flood and this can be easily demonstrated by filling up a jar halfway with dirt and half with water...shake it up and watch.  It will settle into layers.  There.  Strata. Presto!  Go home and read your Bible.


01/11/2012 04:02 pm

Do fossils form in your jar?


01/11/2012 04:09 pm

What planet do you live on?  Neither the Google doodle nor Mr. Schwartz's article mentioned evolution, so why are you bringing it up here?  It's people like you, who keep bringing up an irrelevant, hundred-year-old argument, that give Christians a bad name.


01/11/2012 04:20 pm

Great Job on the Google Logo!  I love it when Google celebrates the lives of individuals that we would not necessarily know about by creating a unique design - keeps things interesting - we should never get too old or too crass to learn something new.   Keep up the good work!


01/11/2012 04:27 pm

Use another search engine

In the know

01/11/2012 04:28 pm

Yes, and many Christians celebrate Christmas (a pagan festival in direct opposition to Bible teachings), go to war and kill (in the name of God) and do many things that God disapproves, yet still think they are in right!

Spiritwar2012 aka MHz aka '<><

01/11/2012 04:43 pm

ha great point mstrom64 - did you ever play Maelstrom on apples ?  best asteroids game ever. isn't it funny, words that is ?  zachary said fill with dirt and water and shake, so no fossils couldn't have formed ( actually fossils never ever form though ).  well of course there could have been fossils in the dirt, aka redepositioning or similar. speaking of words,  anyone else realize that oil cannot possibly be from FOSSIL FUELS ? think about it... something either becomes a fossil, or starts to decay on a long, theoretical pathway to bitumen.   however it surely cannot be BOTH a fossil and a fuel. that would be as ridiculous as fossils _forming_ anywhere, ever.

Spiritwar2012 aka skatefisher

01/11/2012 04:55 pm

i think he lives on planet earth.  do we have internet connections to the other planets yet?  i missed out on that investment opportunity ?!   i hope i'm not coming across contentious though i do contend with your point about the irrelevant hundred-year-old arguments and giving bad names. first of all, it was not a stretch for Z.B. to make the point as we all know the circular argument (i believe) of fossil depositions and radioactive dating and the inherent risks of such conjecture. [ carbon dating?  sure - very scientific as it has the support of corroborated history - the same can't be said for u238 etal] because "In the know" also brought up a well known and played out argument (though I agree with I.t.k. completely) and yet i feel that you failed to notice that these are points that give non-christians a bad name.   i would also submit that Z.B. thesis of going home, etc, is a valid directive as, even in its edited state, the bible is about time.

Frases Romanticas

01/11/2012 05:00 pm

Well This Logo Seems Impressive! The Color Combination is great too! It is Good Move By Google Doodle to appreciate the efforts of individuals who made deep impacts at our lives!!


01/11/2012 05:12 pm

 Bravo to the founder of mordern geology. The logo looks great and natural.

Zachary Bauer

01/11/2012 05:49 pm

My blog post concerning the Google Logo.  Enjoy.  I added the Jar picture for reference.

Zachary Bauer

01/11/2012 05:51 pm

Sure, animal/plant matter has been proven to go through mineralization and fossilize very quickly. 

Zachary Bauer

01/11/2012 05:54 pm

I don't celebrate Christmas.  It is indeed a pagan holiday and the Bible warns about it.  I do however celebrate the 7 feasts that the Bible says we should be observing forever, throughout all generations. Lev. 23

In the know

01/11/2012 06:09 pm

Geology and evolution are NOT the same thing.  Your argument in favor of creation lacks genuine substance, (Biblical or scientific) .  You seem to favor the parent-child relationship that is misapplied by too many religious people.  In addition, the Biblical example of the good Samaritan included only religious people of the same religion (Hebrews) in it's content, yet there was a great division among them.  Recall, the ones that saw themselves as better were the ones disapproved by God.  I also am a Christian, just not one like you.  I believe this should be a celebration of the marvelous earth and how complex it is, then begin a deeper discussion that may lead to discussing God and his purpose.  You seem to want to elevate yourself and stand ups at God's right hand as the one that does the judging.  The position is already taken.  I think you need to re-examine your religious views and your relationship with God.  He may not approve of you as you think.

Zachary Bauer

01/11/2012 07:10 pm

I at no point think of myself as a final judge.  But we can see in scripture both OT and NT that we are to use the scripture (Torah) in correction and righteousness.   I really don't disagree with any of your statement with the exception you perhaps tend to disregard young earth beliefs for old earth beliefs and side yourself with "intelligent design".   But I think you misunderstand my position thinking that I elevate myself above others.  I'm no better than the worst among us and my only hope on my day of Judgement will be the Messiah. The reason I link geology and evolution together is ONLY because modern day geology teaches evolution alongside it. 

In the know

01/11/2012 08:28 pm

Your comment about modern day geology sounds like the Christmas dilemma; two conflicting teachings being blended into one.  The end result is something not accurate and true, yet believed by many as true.  Good point.  We do differ on the OT/NT position.  Bible scripture states that the Judaic Law is to be a "tutor leading to Christ and when that arrives, the law will be done away with".  Do you not believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah?  The ancient Jews (as a group) did not believe he was.  The Bible states that their temple would be abandoned to them.  History proves this so.  An act of God's disapproval towards them or just coincidence?  If it is God's disapproval, which view do you want to take? If it is just coincidence, then does it matter about the time of the end?  The guy that posted this logo was just wishing to share a wonderful thing.  Let's all appreciate that fact whether we believe in evolution or creation.   I don't really care.  If it is God's plan, He will deal with the earth His way.  If it is Mankinds' earth, then man should take care of it.  Geology can be a way to get closer to God or your planet.  Let it be.


01/12/2012 05:07 am

There are only 2 choices : A and B There can be variations of B  but it is still B at the root "A" equals the one true and living God who created the world." B" equals everything else. In addition to that, anything that is not proChrist is antiChrist. Amazingly simple yet so confounding.

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