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March 25, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Panning for Gold

After passing through the mining-themed entrance, going on an underground mine tour, and watching a gold pouring demonstration at Gold Reef City (a gold mining themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa), my husband and I decided to try the “Gold Panning” activity. I must admit, we were somewhat disappointed in this activity, which involved “panning” for some shiny metal (but not gold– it was very different in texture, density, …

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March 18, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Gold Pouring Demonstration

After entering through the impressive entrance and going on the underground mine tour, my husband and I went to the gold pouring demonstration at Gold Reef City, a theme park in Johannesburg, South Africa that is situated on the site of an old gold mine. We visited the theme park back in September 2012. The gold pouring demonstration doesn’t use real gold but is nevertheless impressive! Also, there is a …

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March 11, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Underground Mine Tour

For a few weeks, I’m sharing some pictures from a visit to Gold Reef City, a gold mining themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa, back in September 2012. Last week I shared some pictures of the mining-themed entrance. This week I am sharing some pictures from the underground mine tour. The park is located on the site of an old gold mine. Now that water is no longer being …

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March 4, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– The Entrance

Back in November, I shared a couple of pictures from a trip to the Gold Reef City theme park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the next few weeks, I thought I would share some more pictures from a visit to this gold mine turned amusement park. My husband and I visited the theme park back in September 2012 when we were up in Johannesburg for my sister-in-law’s wedding. If you …

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February 3, 2013

The Last Train to Nowhere in Pictures

I thought I would continue with a few more posts¬†from Alaska. My husband and I were in Nome, Alaska during July – September 2012. On sunny (and some stormy) days we were generally working. However, on days with poor weather and high seas or winds, we often had some time to explore Nome and the surrounds. One day, we drove up the road to visit The Last Train to Nowhere, …

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December 16, 2012

Geology Word of the Week: G is for Glacial Erratic

def. Glacial Erratic: A rock which has been transported and deposited by a glacier and which has a different lithology than the rock upon which it has been deposited.¬†Often, erratic rocks have an angular shape because they were broken off of bedrock by glaciers and have not yet had time to be weathered and rounded by water, wind, and other erosional forces. Glacial erratics can range in size from very …

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November 13, 2012

Monday (Whoops-Tuesday) Geology Picture: Old Mining Posters at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, South Africa

Well, I did it again. I forgot to post my Monday Geology Picture on Monday. Sorry about that! I had a long, busy day at work. After work, my husband and I went to see a movie with some friends and only arrived home fairly late. This week, I thought I would share a picture of some old mining posters which I saw on an underground mine tour (of an …

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September 17, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Garnet Sands in Nome, Alaska

Above is a gorgeous beach sand picture for this week’s Monday Geology Picture. I took this picture a few weeks ago in Nome, Alaska after a summer storm. The beaches of Nome are rich in red garnet grains. The beaches of Nome are also very rich in grains of gold, and you can bet that if you pan some of the red garnet sand along the Nome beaches, you will …

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