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24 April 2015

Friday fold: Bloomsburg Formation at lime kilns on C&O Canal

Friday fold: Bloomsburg Formation at lime kilns on C&O Canal

Milepost 127.4 (High, 2001) on the C&O Canal: …Cool if you’re into history. …Cool if you’re into economic geology. …Cool if you’re into Friday folds!   A reader sent me this photo (along w/ two others), but I seem to have deleted the email with the author’s name in it. So, so sorry. Whoever sent this, can you please remind me who you are, so I can credit you (as …

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27 March 2015

Friday fold: Isla Escarpada, Chile

Friday fold: Isla Escarpada, Chile

I’m very nearly delinquent on posting the Friday fold… Here you go – a Google Earth view of a differentially-weathered fold partly above and partly below sea level in Chilean Patagonia, south of Puerto Natales: They call it Isla Escarpada. Awesome. Here’s a Google Maps link if you want to explore it yourself. Happy Friday!

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20 March 2015

Friday fold: flexed turbidites

Friday fold: flexed turbidites

Spring is almost here! As you get ready for the equinox, enjoy this gentle fold on a Friday: These are turbidites (graywacke and shale) of the late Ordovician Martinsburg Formation, seen in Edinburg Gap, western Massanutten Range, greater Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Bedding is flexed very slightly here, from moderately-dipping to more steep, and then back to moderate again. Slickensides on the top of some exposed layers indicate the beds shifted …

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6 March 2015

Friday fold: Mazatzal Orogeny, Arizona

Friday fold: Mazatzal Orogeny, Arizona

Reader Mike Pendergrass contributes this Friday’s fold: I found your blog a couple years ago and I share your love of structural geology.  I did my Master’s Thesis while at Northern Arizona University in the early 80′s and mapped an area on the Mazatzal Mountains of central Arizona.  The Mazatzals in my field area contain metasedimentary rocks that were deformed in the Mazatzal Orogeny (~1.6-1.7 billion years ago).  The stratigraphy …

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27 February 2015

Friday folds: Three tweets

Back at the beginning of January, I asked for help on Twitter for Friday fold fodder. Here are three responses I got: @callanbentley one of my favorites from South Georgia Island. Have more on the laptop. pic.twitter.com/UaRtxM77Vm — John Van Hoesen (@Taconic_Musings) January 8, 2015 @callanbentley 2 folds from my SC Inner Piedmont MS thesis mapping field work (1997). biotite gneiss and amphibolite. pic.twitter.com/cnoyzwK3cL — Doug (@dropstones) January 8, 2015 …

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13 February 2015

Friday fold: Ptygmatic Irving Fm., Colorado

Friday fold: Ptygmatic Irving Fm., Colorado

Another one from Kim: Kim says: Pygmatic folds in the Precambrian Irving Formation. I think this is 1.7 Ga deformation, late in the Yavapai orogeny, which added various arcs in Colorado to North America. Good place to think about strain ellipses in progressive deformation. Zooming in on the best part, and dialing up the contrast a bit: That’s intense! Seriously strained rocks. What fun!

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6 February 2015

Friday fold: Ouray Limestone, Colorado

Friday fold: Ouray Limestone, Colorado

Kim Hannula shares a fold today: Kim says: The rocks folded here mostly the Devonian Ouray Limestone. There’s a fault through the outcrop, and another fault to the left of the photo. Regionally, the faults are mapped as normal faults, mostly with the east (right in photo) side down. Locally, that’s not what I see in this outcrop, which makes this a funky place to look at a fold with …

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23 January 2015

Friday fold: Rainy Cove, Nova Scotia

Friday fold: Rainy Cove, Nova Scotia

Elizabeth Kosters contributed this week’s Friday fold: It’s from Rainy Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Click through to read Elizabeth’s post on the site. Happy Friday!

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16 January 2015

Friday fold: the Ross Sandstone, Ireland

Friday fold: the Ross Sandstone, Ireland

Zoltán Sylvester has contributed today’s Friday fold, an anticline in the Ross Sandstone of Ireland: Click image to go to the source (full sized). Thanks Zoltán! Happy Friday everyone.

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9 January 2015

Friday fold: a surging rippled whale of Grinnell Formation

Friday fold: a surging rippled whale of Grinnell Formation

The Friday fold is asymmetric, overturned, and chock full of primary sedimentary features. Join us in Glacier National Park’s Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup.

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