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September 24, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: More Airport Geology

I’m traveling again this week (4 weeks of travel in a row!), so today I’m sharing another picture of some “airport geology”. Specifically, this is a picture of some gorgeous decorative stones adorning a column at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. I took this picture yesterday when I was passing through the airport.  I particularly like the way the block of rock was split and the set …

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September 17, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Airport Geology

I travel a lot for my job, and I often find myself traveling through O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. The terminal buildings contain some lovely decorative stones, which I often admire as I’m navigating my way through the airport. For example, while I was waiting for my luggage today I admired, as I have before, some of the lovely decorative stones that make up part of the …

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September 10, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Geology Building at the University of Queensland

Earlier this year I visited The University of Queensland in Australia. For this week’s picture, I’m sharing an image of the lovely geology building at the university. The building is made out of gorgeous sandstone blocks… and there’s a dinosaur mural! And, lower down, check out the stones with the fossil carvings! What a great building. I think this is one of the most lovely and delightful geology buildings that …

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March 12, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Sandstone Building Stone

I’m currently on the east coast of Australia, where local sandstone is commonly used as a building stone. Above is a picture that I took this morning. This picture shows some beautiful building stones on display at the University of Newcastle. The cross-bedding and variable coloration of the sandstone layers is just gorgeous. What a lovely building stone!

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April 13, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Sydney Sandstone Building Stones

During my recent travels in Australia, I noticed quite a bit of sandstone around Sydney. Therefore, I was not particularly surprised to also see quite a few sandstone building stones around the city. For example, the stones shown in the above picture, which shows part of a bridge in North Sydney. By the way, I’m back home in South Africa now and won’t be travelling for a little while. So, …

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September 8, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): Vesicular Basalt Boulder, Mauritius

Continuing with some pictures from my trip to Mauritius back in March, for this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post I am sharing some pictures of a large boulder of vesicular basalt. This particular boulder is located in the town of Grand Gaube in northern Mauritius and is used as a decorative stone on which a plaque has been mounted. Vesicular basalt is a dark-colored volcanic rock that contains many small holes, …

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July 1, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): Fossils in the Floor

My husband and I are travelling in the US at the moment. A little over a week ago we attended an event at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, and I noticed some interesting fossils in some beautiful building stones on the floor of a hallway connecting the center with an adjacent hotel. I snapped a few pictures of the fossils. Can anyone identify them? Does anyone know where the …

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March 24, 2014

Monday Geology Picture(s): Dendrites in the Tile Shop

First of all, my apologies for missing the “Monday Geology Picture” post last week. I’ve been extremely busy recently with work and also preparing for a much-needed vacation. Actually, I’m on vacation right now, so I’ve set this to auto-post. Never fear, though… when I return in early April I will finish my “Sutherland Sky” series of blog posts. Also, I will be reviving the “Geology Word of the Week”. …

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August 19, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): More Coral Building Stones in Zanzibar

Last week I shared some pictures of a coral palace in Zanzibar. This week, I’m sharing a few pictures of modern coral houses in the beachside village of Matemwe, which is located on Zanzibar’s northeastern coast. These days, more and more buildings in Zanzibar are being built out of concrete. This may be a good thing since mining of coral rock may not be the most eco-friendly building practice. However, …

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August 12, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): A Coral Palace in Zanzibar

This week I’m continuing with sharing some pictures from my recent vacation in Zanzibar back in June 2013. There is plenty of coral around Zanzibar, and my husband and I noticed that many of Zanzibar’s buildings– both ancient and modern– have been built with coral blocks. As an example, the picture above shows a coral building stone in the Princess Mtoni Ruins, the remains of the childhood home of Princess …

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