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26 September 2014
It’s Friday! Here’s Baxter, last Friday, in Athens, Greece. He’s checking out some folds in the marble that’s everywhere in that city: This is a lovely example of passive folding, where all the rock layers being folded have about the same viscosity (low viscosity contrast between layers). No buckling, as a result… Enjoy the weekend, hopefully passively!
19 September 2014
Here’s an outcrop of Miette Group slate, seen at the intersection of the Icefields Parkway with the Trans-Canada Highway, just north of Lake Louise, Alberta: There’s a lovely anticline just to the right of Zack, who obligingly provided a sense of scale. Also note how cleavage which is subparallel to bedding on the far left side of the outcrop, becomes perpendicular to bedding along the crest of the anticline… Happy …
12 September 2014
I took this image in 2005, when I was working up a geologic history of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It’s a vein of quartz, gracefully folded within the Catoctin Formation. The exposure is along the railroad tracks at Point of Rocks, Maryland, easternmost extent of the Blue Ridge province on the north shore of the Potomac River. The Culpeper Basin begins about 100 meters to the east of …
5 September 2014
This one is in my folder of ‘structure’ images on my computer, but it’s not one of mine. I’m not sure where it came from. A TinEye search turns up nothing. Perhaps one of you can tell me? Lovely subparallel kink bands… such gorgeous structure. Happy Friday!
29 August 2014
The Friday fold is found in Cretaceous rocks of eastern Alberta – but far beyond the tectonic influence of the Canadian Rockies. So what’s responsible for the folding?
8 August 2014
The Friday fold is an outcrop in Yoho National Park that showcases differences between buckle folding and passive folding.
1 August 2014
My student Mercer Parker shot this one over to me the other day: Click to enlarge Those are the slim strata of the Rome Formation (a.k.a. Shady*), strongly deformed in the region adjacent to the Max Meadows (“M&M”?) Fault. Thanks, Mercer! _____________________________________________ * Will the real slim Shady please stand up?
4 July 2014
A final guest Friday fold from reader Howard Allen, who I’m pleased to be meeting up with in Banff late next week… Howard writes the following in describing this lovely scene: Warspite Anticline, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta. Photo is a telephoto shot (hence the strong blue alpine haze–the colour cast is an accurate rendition of the original daylight Kodachrome slide), looking southwest at an angle to regional strike. The …
27 June 2014
Some folds this week from coastal exposures in western Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where I’m on vacation for one more day… Acadian metamorphics (schist, gneiss), with injected granite pegmatite that has also been folded (and boudinaged): Happy Friday!
20 June 2014
The Friday fold visits the Permian basin of west Texas. There, the Castile Formation exhibits gorgeous inter- and intra-bed folding.