GEOSC 10
Geology of the National Parks

A Rocking Review

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Down-Doo-Bee-Doo

Here's another look at learning which way was "up" when a rock layer was deposited. Dance on down with the dinosaur in this parody of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". (3 minutes and 19 seconds long)

Down Doo Bee Doo, a parody of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
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PRESENTER: If all that dancing has your head spinning so fast that you can't tell up from down, then this next song is just what you need. It was Neil Sedaka who said it first, "down, doo-bee-doo-down-down."

(SINGING) Footprints sink down, doo-bee-doo-down-down. Mudcracks grow down, doo-bee-doo-down-down. Raindrops imprint down, doo-bee-doo-down-down. They tell us which started up.

Don't let confusion rule your mind if footprints in the ceiling you find. 'Though mountain building turns it all around, the dinos always put their feet down. When sand falls behind a dune, a big gust blows the top off soon. And when the old dune sits beneath the new, the cut end started up. It's true!

They say that reading rocks is hard to do. Don't believe it. We know it's not true. No mountain building turns rocks over or on end. We know this occurred because the footprints started down, my friend.

Bubbles rise up, doo-bee-doo-up-up. Cross-bed cut-ends up, doo-bee-doo-up-up. Shells rocker-sided up, doo-bee-doo-up-up. They tell which way started down.

Take a look at a lava flow. Crust forms on top while it's soft below. The bubbles rise, but they can't get out. Lots of big ones near top, no doubt.

If cross-bed cut-ends don't point up or clam shell pieces make a loving cup, don't be alarmed and don't wear a frown. The rock is just turned upside down. For history you must know which came last, which came first in the distant past. Geologists can put 'em in a all in a row, 'cause the dinosaurs all put their feet down we know.

Footprints sink down, doo-bee-doo-down-down. Mudcracks grow down, doo-bee-doo-down-down. Raindrops imprint down, doo-bee-doo-down-down. They tell us which way started up.

Dr. Richard Alley