1 February 2013

Friday fold: Mosaic Canyon Monster

Posted by Callan

While out in Death Valley with my Field Studies students last March, we encountered an extraordinary fold in Mosaic Canyon.

Check this thing out:

The rock is the Noonday Dolostone (“Noonday Dolomite” in mineralogically biased argot). It may be hard to make out what’s what there… So let me assist with a little annotation, tracing out the bedding:

Wild, eh? That’s an extraordinarily messed up rock. “Goopey” is the adjective that comes to mind to describe how this rock behaved during deformation.

And, being a human with a predilection for pareidolia, I can’t help but see a monstrous creature lurking in the wall:

Happy Friday!