September 26, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Timeline

Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Timeline

This week I’m featuring one of my all-time favorite geology pictures: a snapshot of layers of travertine, representing the build-up of carbonate crusts precipitated from springs over many years. This picture was taken several years ago during my Ph.D fieldwork in the Sultanate of Oman. The layers in this picture took several thousand years to accumulate.

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September 19, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Old Maps of Africa

Monday Geology Picture: Old Maps of Africa

Earlier this year I visited a local wine farm here in the Western Cape of South Africa, and there I saw a lovely display of some reproductions of some old maps of Africa. I’m not sure about the background of these maps, but I snapped a few pictures because I thought they were interesting. If you recognize any of the maps, please let me know in the comments. Here are a …

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September 12, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Pretty Purple Stichtite

Monday Geology Picture: Pretty Purple Stichtite

For this week’s picture here’s an example of one of my favorite minerals: stichtite, a lovely purple-colored chromium and magnesium rich carbonate. I saw this particular sample of stichtite for sale at a rock shop. Stichtite comes in a range of purple shades, from a pale pinkish purple to a rich, bright purple. I really like the lilac shade of this particular sample. The R3500 (about $250 US) cost for this sample was …

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September 8, 2016

35th International Geological Congress: Day #5

35th International Geological Congress: Day #5

Today I’m blogging about Day #5 (Friday) of the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC), which I attended last week in my home city of Cape Town, South Africa. You can also read my posts about Day #1, Day #2, Day #3, and Day #4. On Friday I spent the day attending talks on a variety of subjects, namely ophiolites, megafans, and gold. I saw a number of excellent talks, but in this blog …

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September 6, 2016

35th International Geological Congress: Day #4

35th International Geological Congress: Day #4

Today I’m blogging about Day #4 (Thursday) of the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC), which I attended last week in my home city of Cape Town, South Africa. You can also read my posts about Day #1, Day #2, and Day #3. On Thursday I only spent the morning at IGC since in the afternoon I had some private meetings offsite. I spent most of the morning attending some more talks on …

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September 5, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Tile

Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Tile

For this week’s Monday Geology Picture, here’s a lovely travertine tile that I spotted in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, which was the site of the 35th International Geological Congress that I attended last week.

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September 2, 2016

35th International Geological Congress: Day #3

35th International Geological Congress: Day #3

Today I’m continuing my blogging about attending the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) in my home city of Cape Town, South Africa, this week. You can find my first two posts here and here. The congress finished today, but I still need to write up my blog posts about days 3, 4, and 5. I’ll write about Day #3 today and then will write about the last two days over …

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August 30, 2016

35th International Geological Congress: Day #2

35th International Geological Congress: Day #2

This post continues my daily blogging about the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) being held in here in my home city of Cape Town, South Africa. You can read my post on Day #1 here. Today was another busy day at the congress! In the morning I attended a few talks on the history of geology and was particularly interested in a talk by Martin Pickford on the history of geological research …

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August 29, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Desert Landscape

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Desert Landscape

While I’m busy reviving Georneys, I thought that I should revive my “Monday Geology Picture” posts. Today’s picture features a Namibian desert landscape along the road to Fish River Canyon in Namibia. After I finish blogging about the International Geological Congress, which I’m attending this week, I’ll blog about my recent hike through the canyon. I plan to write up a post on the geology of the canyon, so stay …

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35th International Geological Congress: Day #1

35th International Geological Congress: Day #1

I’ve been neglecting Georneys over the past few months, due to some travel and an extremely busy workload for my day job as an industry geologist. However, I’m attending the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Cape Town, South Africa (my home city!), this week, and I think that blogging about IGC is the perfect way to revive Georneys and, hopefully, to start to blog more regularly for the rest …

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