May 9, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Green Countertop

Monday Geology Picture: Green Countertop

I’m traveling for business at the moment and living out of hotel rooms for a week or so. My current hotel room has a pretty green rock for the bathroom countertop. It’s most likely a green soapstone of some sort. Can anyone identify those interesting black minerals?

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May 2, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Granite Boulder in the Forest

Monday Geology Picture: Granite Boulder in the Forest

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a shot of a pretty granite boulder that I spotted during a forest hike in the Constantia region of the Cape Town, South Africa. No doubt, this boulder consists of ~550 million year old Cape Granite. There’s no scale in this picture, but the boulder is about 2 meters wide.

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May 1, 2016

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: The Midlands

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: The Midlands

Today I’m sharing some more pictures from our recent holiday in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. You can see my first post about an impressive waterfall here. Today I’m sharing some pictures from an area known as The Midlands. This region is located inland of Durban and Pietermaritzburg and consists of rolling green hills, a gentle landscape located in between the low-lying, flat coastal area and the elevated, steep landscape of …

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April 25, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Folded Mountains in Hermanus, South Africa

Monday Geology Picture: Folded Mountains in Hermanus, South Africa

Over the weekend I participated in a kayak race that was held in the lovely little coastal town Hermanus, South Africa. The race was held on a lagoon with a beautiful background of mountains that are part of the Cape Fold Belt. You’ve seen pictures of this fold belt before here on Georneys. For example, here the belt is featured in one of Callan’s “Friday Fold” posts. However, these mountains …

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April 18, 2016

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: Howick Falls

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: Howick Falls

Over the next two or three weeks I’ll be sharing some pictures from my recent week-long holiday in March to the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. A week is not nearly enough time to fully explore this beautiful part of the world. However, my husband and I managed to see a fair amount! We took a flight from Cape Town (our home city) to Durban and then we drove through to …

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Monday Geology Picture: Table Mountain Profile

Monday Geology Picture: Table Mountain Profile

Since I live in Cape Town, South Africa, I often share pictures of beautiful Table Mountain. This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” shows another view of the mountain. I took this picture yesterday during a hike in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. I’ll share some more pictures from the reserve in a separate post. For now, enjoy Table Mountain!

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March 21, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Rose Quartz Lamp

Monday Geology Picture: Rose Quartz Lamp

This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” features a pretty pink rock lamp owned by some friends of mine. Many pink rock lamps are made out of salt crystals. However, this particular rock lamp is made out of a rose quartz crystal. The lamp is placed on top of a flat muscovite crystal.

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March 14, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Airport Boulders

Monday Geology Picture: Airport Boulders

Boulder’s Beach is a popular tourist attraction in the greater Cape Town area. At Cape Town International Airport, a small section of the airport has been decorated to resemble Boulder’s Beach, giant (fake) boulders and all! I enjoy walking past this decorated area every time I travel to the airport. Of course, even better is visiting Boulder’s Beach for real. For example, see some pictures from my visits here and here. …

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March 7, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Rocks on a Shelf

Monday Geology Picture: Rocks on a Shelf

Like many geologists, I like to decorate with rocks. This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” features some rocks on a shelf in my living room. There’s many more rocks on this shelf — this picture just shows a few of them. What do you spot in this picture? Among other things, I see an orthoceras fossil, some volcanic pumice, a botryoidal carbonate rock, a rock with a vein of gabbro, sandstone concretions, …

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February 29, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Investigating Soil Horizons by Kayak

Monday Geology Picture: Investigating Soil Horizons by Kayak

A few weeks ago I participated in a kayak race on the Berg River a few hours north of Cape Town, South Africa. I went on a short warm-up paddle the evening before the race. While on this paddle, I couldn’t resist checking out some soil horizons that were visible along the river in several places. In the picture above, I am posing next to some soil horizons. You can see the horizons of surface …

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