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January 15, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Constantia Granite

For this week’s post, here’s a picture that I took yesterday during a Sunday afternoon hike with my family. We went for an easy stroll, baby and all, along the Alphen Trail in the Constantia region of Cape Town here in South Africa. My son is 3 months old now, and we’re just starting to go on some easy hikes as a family. The Alphen Trail is more of a …


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September 13, 2014

Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

Today I’m continuing with sharing some pictures from my March 2014 trip to the volcanic island of Mauritius. You can see some of my previous posts on Mauritius here, here, and here. Mauritius is a tropical island, so in many┬áplaces the lava rocks, particularly the older ones, are covered by thick green vegetation. However, there are some places where you can see the lavas well. One of those places is …


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September 8, 2014

The Young Volcanic Landscape of Mauritius

For the next little while, I will be blogging about my recent (March 2014) vacation┬áto Mauritius, a young volcanic island in the Indian Ocean. I recently shared a couple of pictures of volcanic basalt in Mauritius for my “Monday Geology Picture” posts here and here. In future posts, I’ll write a little more about the volcanic history of Mauritius. In brief, Mauritius is believed to have been formed by a …


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May 1, 2011

Interesting Sandstone Weathering at Cape Point

Gorgeous sandstone, Cape Point, South Africa, April 2011. Back in January Callan Bentley over at Mountain Beltway posted these pictures of some rocks with interesting weathering patterns. In response, I posted pictures of some more rocks with similar weathering patterns. A couple of days ago my fiance and I did a few hikes around Cape Point, South Africa. There is abundant sandstone all around the point– most of the sandstone …


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