October 9, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Sani Pass, Lesotho

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Sani Pass, Lesotho. Picture taken March 2016.

For this week’s geology picture, here’s a shot that I took last year when I visited Sani Pass, which is one of the ways to enter Lesotho. The country of Lesotho is located high up in basaltic mountains, entirely above 1,000 m. You can see basaltic cliffs on either side of this picture. The basalts erupted approximately 180 million years ago and are part of the Karoo Large Igneous Province.

I’ll share some more pictures from Lesotho, including of the fantastic basaltic rocks, in another post.

If you ever have a chance to visit Lesotho via Sani Pass, I highly recommend the trip. The scenery is stunning. I recommend hiring a guide, especially if you don’t have a big vehicle. Note that only 4x4s are permitted to go up the pass.