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11 June 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Roots and Rock

It’s been over a month since I posted a “Monday Geology Picture”. Apologies for that — I was traveling (4 weeks in a row!) and was very busy. Anyway, I’ll try to post regularly again now. Today I’m sharing an impressive example of biological weathering, which is when a living organism contributes to the weathering of a rock. In this case, large tree roots are breaking apart a sedimentary rock. …


26 February 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Airplane View of Table Mountain

Yesterday morning I flew back to Cape Town after a business trip. I arrived a little after 7 am and was treated to a stunning view of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head as I flew in. I’m sharing a picture I snapped of that view as this week’s geology picture. Here’s a closer look as well: I am lucky to live in such a beautiful city! However, you can see …


15 January 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Constantia Granite

For this week’s post, here’s a picture that I took yesterday during a Sunday afternoon hike with my family. We went for an easy stroll, baby and all, along the Alphen Trail in the Constantia region of Cape Town here in South Africa. My son is 3 months old now, and we’re just starting to go on some easy hikes as a family. The Alphen Trail is more of a …


1 January 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Lion’s Head Inselberg

Happy New Year! I’m going to do my best to blog more regularly in 2018, starting with this first “Monday Geology Picture” post. This week I’m sharing a view of Lion’s Head (the distinctive mountain in the background of the picture), an inselberg here in Cape Town, South Africa, the city where I live. I took this picture a few weeks ago during a walk with my family along Sea Point …


6 November 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Inselberg View

For this week’s picture, here’s a lovely view of an inselberg and the Twelve Apostles section of Table Mountain here in Cape Town, South Africa. Note the layers of sedimentary rocks of which the mountain is made. In the foreground, you can see some rocks of the Cape Granite Suite, which is about 550 million years old.


22 May 2017

Monday Geology Picture: A Vineyard & the Cape Fold Belt

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a view of the Cape Fold Belt with a vineyard in the foreground. I took this picture yesterday when I took a short walk with some friends through a vineyard located in the Stellenbosch winelands, just outside of my home city of Cape Town. You can see some impressive folding in those distant mountains!


16 January 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Intaka Island Salt Pan

For this week’s picture, here’s a view of a salt pan on Intaka Island, a small nature reserve in the Century City area of Cape Town. I often go to Intaka Island to paddle in a kayak on the canals surrounding the island. On Saturday morning I went for one of my usual paddles, and then in the afternoon I joined some friends for a nature walk on the island itself. …


19 September 2016

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 …


2 May 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Granite Boulder in the Forest

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a shot of a pretty granite boulder that I spotted during a forest hike in the Constantia region of the Cape Town, South Africa. No doubt, this boulder consists of ~550 million year old Cape Granite. There’s no scale in this picture, but the boulder is about 2 meters wide.


25 April 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Folded Mountains in Hermanus, South Africa

Over the weekend I participated in a kayak race that was held in the lovely little coastal town Hermanus, South Africa. The race was held on a lagoon with a beautiful background of mountains that are part of the Cape Fold Belt. You’ve seen pictures of this fold belt before here on Georneys. For example, here the belt is featured in one of Callan’s “Friday Fold” posts. However, these mountains …


18 April 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Table Mountain Profile

Since I live in Cape Town, South Africa, I often share pictures of beautiful Table Mountain. This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” shows another view of the mountain. I took this picture yesterday during a hike in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. I’ll share some more pictures from the reserve in a separate post. For now, enjoy Table Mountain!


14 March 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Airport Boulders

Boulder’s Beach is a popular tourist attraction in the greater Cape Town area. At Cape Town International Airport, a small section of the airport has been decorated to resemble Boulder’s Beach, giant (fake) boulders and all! I enjoy walking past this decorated area every time I travel to the airport. Of course, even better is visiting Boulder’s Beach for real. For example, see some pictures from my visits here and here. …


28 February 2016

Elephant’s Eye Cave Hike in Pictures

On Monday I shared one picture from a recent hike to Elephant’s Eye cave in Silvermine Nature Reserve here in the Cape Town region of South Africa. Today I’m sharing some more pictures from that hike, which took place last weekend. I really enjoy hiking to Elephant’s Eye.The hike consists of a fairly easy 3 hour round trip route that takes you through some beautiful fynbos vegetation and past some lovely rock …


22 February 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Elephant’s Eye Cave

This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post features a natural rock formation that resembles an elephant. A small cave named “Elephant’s Eye” is located at the eye of this rock elephant’s head. The elephant consists of Table Mountain Sandstone and is located in the Silvermine Nature Reserve here in the Cape Town region of South Africa. On Saturday I hiked up to Elephant’s Eye with some friends. We hiked on a rare …


25 January 2016

International Geological Congress 2016: Last Chance for Abstract Submission!

If you want to present at the 35th International Geological Congress, which is being held in Cape Town later this year, it’s not too late to submit an abstract! The deadline is January 31st. I plan to submit my own abstract tomorrow. Come and join me at the congress! There are going to be some great talks and field trips… and you can come visit the gorgeous city of Cape Town, …


17 December 2015

Cape Peninsula Fire: Part III – The Phoenix

Earlier this year back in March, as I blogged about here and here, a large forest fire raged over much of the Cape Peninsula region of South Africa. Shortly after the fire was extinguished, my husband and I went on a hike in the Silvermine Nature Reserve, one of the areas badly affected by the fire. We found ourselves walking through a surreal, ash-covered landscape filled with charred vegetation, with …


2 November 2015

International Geological Congress 2016: Come Visit Cape Town!

I recently registered to attend the International Geological Congress, a big geological conference that is held every four years in different locations around the globe. Next year, the 35th International Geological Congress is being held in Cape Town, South Africa, the beautiful city that I currently call home! The conference is being held August 27th to September 4th 2016, and there are a number of exciting field trips being held …


7 March 2015

Cape Peninsula Fire: Part II – The Ashes

Earlier today I wrote up a post about the recent fire on the Cape Peninsula, nearby my home city of Cape Town, South Africa. I also shared some pictures of the fire raging near the town of Hout Bay. In this post, I’d like to share some pictures of the landscape that the fire left behind. This afternoon my husband and I spent a few hours hiking in the Silvermine …


Cape Peninsula Fire: Part I – The Flames

For nearly a week, a forest fire raged through much of the Cape Peninsula region of South Africa. On Sunday, March 1st the fire began on the hills above the seaside town of Muizenberg, a popular destination for surfers and other beach visitors. Over the next few days, aided by strong winds, the fire spread across the mountains to the towns of Hout Bay, Tokai, and Noordhoek. These towns are all suburbs of …


2 March 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Cape Town Fire Smoke

Currently, forest fires are raging here in Cape Town, South Africa. You can see some images of the fires here and here and here. I live and work relatively far away from the fires. However, from my office today I could see smoke from the fires in the distance. I hope that the fires are put out soon since they threaten much of Cape Town’s beautiful forest as well as …