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May 29, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Kimberlite in Kimberley

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture”, here’s a snap of a mine cart filled with kimberlite rocks — and a mantle xenolith or two. I took this picture last year when I visited The Big Hole Museum in Kimberley, South Africa. The rock kimberlite was named after the town of Kimberley, of course! For those who are unfamiliar, kimberlite is the ore that is mined for diamonds, and many of the …

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May 22, 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!

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May 8, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Sandstone Rock Art

First and foremost, I must apologize for the long gap in my blogging. I started the year with great intentions to revive this blog with my monthly science book posts… and then I didn’t post for several months! However, I think I have a good excuse: in January I found out that I am pregnant. Unfortunately, I have been suffering from an extreme form of morning sickness. I’ve been really, …

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February 9, 2017

January Science Book Review: A Fish Caught in Time

I’m over a week late with posting my January Science Book Review — apologies! I actually managed to finish reading the book in January, but I was too busy with my day job to find the time to write the review. Better late than never! The Monthly Science Book that I selected to read in January was A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg. Overall, I …

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November 21, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: The Big Hole, Kimberley, South Africa

This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” is a shot of the Big Hole in Kimberley, South Africa. This hole, now filled partly with water, is the remains of an early diamond mine in a kimberlite (a rock type named after the town of Kimberley) pipe. The pipe was mined from 1871 to 1914 and today can be safely visited and observed (from a walkway) as part of a visit to The Big …

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May 2, 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.

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May 1, 2016

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: The Midlands

Today I’m sharing some more pictures from our recent holiday in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. You can see my first post about an impressive waterfall here. Today I’m sharing some pictures from an area known as The Midlands. This region is located inland of Durban and Pietermaritzburg and consists of rolling green hills, a gentle landscape located in between the low-lying, flat coastal area and the elevated, steep landscape of …

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April 18, 2016

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: Howick Falls

Over the next two or three weeks I’ll be sharing some pictures from my recent week-long holiday in March to the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. A week is not nearly enough time to fully explore this beautiful part of the world. However, my husband and I managed to see a fair amount! We took a flight from Cape Town (our home city) to Durban and then we drove through to …

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February 29, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Investigating Soil Horizons by Kayak

A few weeks ago I participated in a kayak race on the Berg River a few hours north of Cape Town, South Africa. I went on a short warm-up paddle the evening before the race. While on this paddle, I couldn’t resist checking out some soil horizons that were visible along the river in several places. In the picture above, I am posing next to some soil horizons. You can see the horizons of surface …

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February 3, 2016

Book Review: Diamonds, Gold, and War

Earlier this week I shared a picture of a few books on diamonds that are on my current reading list. I’ve also mentioned in a couple of previous posts that I’d like to share with you a little information about some of the geology-themed books that I’ve read recently. Today I’ll be blogging about the first book, which is titled Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the …

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