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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February 23, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Pink Pan

Monday Geology Picture: Pink Pan

Apologies for the recent gap in my blogging. I’ve been busy travelling for work, and our home internet connection was not working for a couple of weeks. We’ve also been suffering from regular power outages here in South Africa. Anyway, to make up for my recent quietness, I’m sharing a spectacular picture for this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post. This picture was taken close to the border between South Africa …

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February 9, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Kolmanskop from Above

Monday Geology Picture: Kolmanskop from Above

Apologies for the short hiatus in my blogging. I’ve been travelling and generally very busy with work these past two weeks. However, I have another “Geology Word of the Week” post coming up soon, so stay tuned! Today I want to share another view of the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop. I’m currently in Namibia for business, and I flew over Kolmanksop earlier today and managed to snap a few …

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January 19, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: One More Egyptian Artefact from the British Museum

Monday Geology Picture: One More Egyptian Artefact from the British Museum

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing pictures of ancient Egyptian artefacts from the British Museum for my “Monday Geology Picture” posts. Here’s one last picture from the British Museum: a rock slab engraved with ancient Egyptian figures and writing. I didn’t take a picture of the informational sign, so let me know if you recognize the artefact. I think that this picture shows part of a larger artefact. Whatever the artefact, …

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January 18, 2015

Geology Word of the Week: J is for Jasper

Geology Word of the Week: J is for Jasper

def. Jasper: A dense, opaque variety of chalcedony. Jasper is most often red in color but can also be yellow, brown, green, or gray.   For this week’s Geology Word of the Week post, we’re going to learn a little about silica, aka silicon dioxide or SiO2. More specifically, we’re going to learn about silica minerals. Silicon and oxygen are the two most common elements in the Earth’s crust and are found in many, …

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