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January 1, 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 …


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April 29, 2013

Monday Geology Picture: Table Mountain and Lion’s Head

For this week’s geology picture, I thought I’d share a picture that I took during one of my regular evening walks / runs here in Cape Town, South Africa. This picture shows Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, one of our local inselbergs, at sunset. I feel very fortunate to live in a city with such impressive and beautiful geology.


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October 15, 2012

Monday Geology Picture: A View from Judas Peak, Hout Bay, South Africa

Yesterday (Sunday) I went on a hike up Judas Peak, one peaks in the Twelve Apostles range, which flanks Table Mountain and overlooks beautiful Hout Bay. On clear days, there is a gorgeous 360 degree view from the top of Judas Peak. The picture above shows the inselberg of Lion’s Head,which is another great peak to hike. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world …


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December 12, 2011

Monday Geology Picture: A Gorgeous Cape Town Inselberg

Well, I’ve fallen somewhat behind with my regular posting, such as the Geology Word of the Week. I’m afraid that these final few months of my PhD are going to sometimes keep me from regular blogging. These last few months are tough!  Over the past few weeks, I have been very busy finishing up the very last of my labwork for my thesis (yay!), traveling between Cape Cod and Cape …


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July 31, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: I is for Inselberg

def. Inselberg: A small, rounded hill, knob, ridge, or mini mountain that rises abruptly from relatively flat surroundings. “Inselberg” is a loan word from German and literally means “island mountain.” Originally, the term inselberg was used to apply to landforms in hot, arid regions; early German explorers were particularly impressed with the “island mountain” landforms which they observed in southern Africa. However, the term can also be applied to similar …


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