April 25, 2015

Red Conglomerate Hills Near Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Red Conglomerate Hills Near Oudtshoorn, South Africa

On Monday I shared a picture of a pretty conglomerate that I recently walked across. Today I thought that I would share a few more pictures of this conglomerate formation and also tell you a little more about it. Although in Monday’s picture the conglomerate looks somewhat dull-colored, the conglomerate formation is actually impressively red in color in many places, so much so that hills made of the conglomerate are …

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April 20, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Conglomerate Near Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Monday Geology Picture: Conglomerate Near Oudtshoorn, South Africa

A couple of weeks ago I spent part of a weekend staying near Oudtshoorn, South Africa. During a hike, I walked by and, at times, across a beautiful Cretaceous age conglomerate. Here’s one image of the conglomerate, taken when I hiked across it. I’ll share some more pictures in another post.

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April 13, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Sydney Sandstone Building Stones

Monday Geology Picture: Sydney Sandstone Building Stones

During my recent travels in Australia, I noticed quite a bit of sandstone around Sydney. Therefore, I was not particularly surprised to also see quite a few sandstone building stones around the city. For example, the stones shown in the above picture, which shows part of a bridge in North Sydney. By the way, I’m back home in South Africa now and won’t be travelling for a little while. So, …

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April 6, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: More Sydney Sandstone

Monday Geology Picture: More Sydney Sandstone

I’m still in Australia at the moment but will be home in a few days. I’m looking forward to writing up a few blog posts about some geological sights in Australia once I’m back home. For now, though, here’s a picture showing another beautiful example of sandstone in the Sydney area. This picture was taken at the Sydney Zoo. The red and orange colors are a result of iron oxidation. …

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March 30, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Cross-Bedding Near Bondi Beach, Australia

Monday Geology Picture: Cross-Bedding Near Bondi Beach, Australia

I’m visiting Australia at the moment and will have a few blog posts to write up once I’m back at home. For now, though, here’s a sneak peek at some geology in Sydney. I took this picture close to Bondi Beach. There are some lovely exposures of sandstone outcrops near the beach.

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March 23, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Samail Ophiolite Plane View

Monday Geology Picture: Samail Ophiolite Plane View

I’m busy traveling at the moment, so Georneys will continue to be quiet for another couple of weeks. However, I thought that I’d quickly share a picture from my recent flight for this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post. This picture shows the impressive topography of the Samail Ophiolite, which is located in northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates.  An ophiolite is a section of oceanic crust and mantle that …

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March 9, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Nimrud Statue at the British Museum

Monday Geology Picture: Nimrud Statue at the British Museum

I was very upset to learn that a few days ago ISIS looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq. This war crime is a terrible tragedy, and I hope that not all of the city’s treasures were destroyed. Fortunately, many artefacts from Nimrud are preserved in various museums around the world. In a way, that is bittersweet. I really wish that artefacts from Nimrud could primarily …

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March 7, 2015

Cape Peninsula Fire: Part II – The Ashes

Cape Peninsula Fire: Part II - The Ashes

Earlier today I wrote up a post about the recent fire on the Cape Peninsula, nearby my home city of Cape Town, South Africa. I also shared some pictures of the fire raging near the town of Hout Bay. In this post, I’d like to share some pictures of the landscape that the fire left behind. This afternoon my husband and I spent a few hours hiking in the Silvermine …

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Cape Peninsula Fire: Part I – The Flames

Cape Peninsula Fire: Part I - The Flames

For nearly a week, a forest fire raged through much of the Cape Peninsula region of South Africa. On Sunday, March 1st the fire began on the hills above the seaside town of Muizenberg, a popular destination for surfers and other beach visitors. Over the next few days, aided by strong winds, the fire spread across the mountains to the towns of Hout Bay, Tokai, and Noordhoek. These towns are all suburbs of …

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March 2, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Cape Town Fire Smoke

Monday Geology Picture: Cape Town Fire Smoke

Currently, forest fires are raging here in Cape Town, South Africa. You can see some images of the fires here and here and here. I live and work relatively far away from the fires. However, from my office today I could see smoke from the fires in the distance. I hope that the fires are put out soon since they threaten much of Cape Town’s beautiful forest as well as …

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