The geological processes that created nature’s grand monuments span millions of years. The earth heaves and splits apart creating mountains, basins and water features that endure for thousands of years only to undergo massive change again. Geologists use the term deep time when studying these epochal shifts in the earth, a time scale that is profoundly different than the human experience of time passing. These monuments are testimony to our short human presence on the earth—a flicker in deep time—and a reminder that human behavior over mere centuries is disrupting geological processes with unknown consequences. Time is relative; our human clock is ticking faster than we may think.
completed 2011 - 2016