The next up in the Drunk on Geology series is Liquefaction Red IPA, the 2016 Geological Society of America specialty label by Left Hand Brewing. Left Hand Brewing was also responsible for the Field Assistant Ale specialty label from the 2013 GSA Annual Meeting.
|The back label
Liquefaction is the process where normally solid sediment can start acting like a liquid when shaken. This can cause multiple things to happen including shaking the ground like Jell-O, or even buildings getting swallowed up within the sediment, like quicksand. Normally, particles in the sediment, are tightly packed. However, during an earthquake, the sediments start to shake and vibrate. As they move about, the spacing between the sediment particles increases. As the spacing increases, the ability for the sediment to act like a liquid increases.
|Graphic illustrating how sediment can get liquefied. Image courtesy of Straits Times.
|Building partially submerged in the ground due to liquefaction of the sediment during the February 6th, 2018 Taiwan earthquake. Image courtesy of The Mercury News.
|Another building partially submerged in the ground due to liquefaction of the sediment during the February 6th, 2018 Taiwan earthquake. Image courtesy of The Mercury News.
|Liquefaction potential map of Salt Lake City, Utah from the Utah Geological Survey.
|The source local for the beer, the 2016 GSA Annual meeting.