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July 16, 2012

Monday Geology Picture(s): Duiker Footprints at Gnoem Gnoemskloof

When my husband and I visited Gnoem Gnoemskloof in the Robertson area of South Africa a little over a week ago, we noticed some teeny tiny footprints, shown above with a rock hammer for scale. We’re not animal footprint experts, but we suspect that these tiny footprints belong to the duiker, a little antelope which is found throughout sub-saharan Africa. Most likely, these are footprints of the common duiker. I …

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July 13, 2012

The Geology of Gnoem Gnoemskloof near Robertson, Cape Fold Belt, South Africa

Last weekend my geologist husband Jackie and I visited the Robertson area of South Africa. On Saturday morning we visited a lovely little place called “Gnoem Gnoemskloof” (pronounced like “Noom Noomskloof”) at the invitation of Francie, a woman who emailed me to ask if I could tell her more about the rocks on her family’s property. Jackie and I spent a couple of hours with Francie and her family looking …

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March 17, 2012

Ophiolite and Trace Fossil Mash-Up

A few weeks ago on Twitter, I expressed amazement that I had accumulated 800 followers.  Unfortunately, I neglected to save the series of tweets, but I tweeted something along the lines of: “Wow. 800 followers. I can’t believe so many people are interested in ophiolites and trace fossils.” I tweeted this because ophiolites and trace fossils are the topics I have been blogging about the most in recent months. In …

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February 7, 2012

More Crabs in the Sand at Barr Al-Hikman, Sultanate of Oman

My post yesterday about the crab houses in the sand at Barr Al-Hikman turned out to be quite popular, so I thought I’d share some more pictures of crabs and crab houses and other crab life traces which I observed at Barr Al-Hikman. In addition to the Ocypode saratan “ghost” crab (thanks for the identification help, Tony Martin!), I observed at least two other species of crab at Barr Al-Hikman. …

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February 6, 2012

Monday Geology Picture: Crab Houses in the Sand at Barr Al-Hikman, Sultanate of Oman

Last month I participated in a three-day geology field trip to Barr Al-Hikman, a peninsula in Oman. On the peninsula there are numerous beautiful beaches and interesting geological features such as sabkhas and paleolagoons. We visited the peninsula to look at some recent carbonate deposits and also to investigate some modern beach features, such as the coral reefs located just off shore and the traces left on the beach by …

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June 14, 2011

Chapman’s Peak Nonconformity

Chapman’s Peak Nonconformity, South Africa, May 2011. On my recent trip to South Africa (see also my recent posts Sevilla Rock Art Trail, The Maltese Cross, The “Peace in Africa” in Port, and Cape Peninsula in Pictures), I spent my very last day touring around Cape Town with my fiance, my future sister-in-law, and her boyfriend. One of the things that we did just before I headed to the airport …

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