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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 15, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Pahoehoe Lava Flow

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a stunning example of a pahoehoe lava flow. I took this picture back in March when I visited Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Réunion Island. I’ll be sharing more pictures from Réunion soon – stay tuned!

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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

February Science Book: The Planets

I’m a little late announcing the February Science Book, but better late than never! This month I’ll be reading The Planets by Dava Sobel. I’ve heard that Sobel is a great writer, so I’m looking forward to reading this book! Now I just need to start and finish it before the end of this short month… Here is the description of the book from Amazon: With her bestsellers Longitude and …

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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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January 16, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Intaka Island Salt Pan

For this week’s picture, here’s a view of a salt pan on Intaka Island, a small nature reserve in the Century City area of Cape Town. I often go to Intaka Island to paddle in a kayak on the canals surrounding the island. On Saturday morning I went for one of my usual paddles, and then in the afternoon I joined some friends for a nature walk on the island itself. …

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January 9, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: A Sand-Filled Room in Kolmanskop, Namibia

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a picture of a spectacular sand-filled room in a house in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. I visited this diamond mining ghost town back in 2014, and you can find more pictures from that visit here. If you ever visit Namibia I highly recommend a visit to Kolmanskop!

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January 2, 2017

Monday Geology Picture: Desert Migmatite

I was a little sporadic with my “Monday Geology Picture” posts in 2016. I’ll try to be more consistent in 2017! To start off, here is a shot of a lovely little hill of migmatite in the town of Lüderitz, which is located at the edge of the Namib desert in the beautiful country of Namibia. I took this picture when I was up in Namibia back in 2014. Happy New Year… and …

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January 1, 2017

January Science Book: A Fish Caught in Time

The Monthly Science Book that I’ve selected for January is A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg. This book has been on my reading list for awhile, ever since I visited a little museum in Knysna, South Africa, dedicated to the Coelacanth and its discoverer. Here’s the description of the book from Amazon: The coelacanth (see-lo-canth) is no ordinary fish. Five feet long, with …

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December 31, 2016

Monthly Science Book Review: The Comet Sweeper

As I announced a few weeks ago I’ve decided to start a new regular feature here on Georneys: a monthly science book review. At the beginning of every month, I’ll announce what science book I’ll be reading. At the end of the month, I’ll write a book review, which may be short or long, depending upon how much time I have and how much I have to say about the book. …

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