7 October 2011

Friday fold: the Devil’s Backbone

Posted by Callan Bentley

This photo was taken by James Edward Bailey, a 5th grade student from Reston, Virginia. Young James got interested in geology through participation in a USGS summer program. The anticline shown is known as “the Devil’s Backbone.” It is located near Marlinton, West Virginia, right on the boundary between the Valley & Ridge province and the Appalachian Plateaus. It clearly shows differential weathering of weaker layers and tougher layers. …Also some lovely fall colors!

James’ father is also named James Bailey, and it was he who e-mailed me the photo and shared these details. He describes it this way:

What a patriotic American fold…West Virginia style! You’ll notice the American flag placed on the site by a private landowner, as I understand it. I guess the next development step for the site would be to add a McDonald’s next to the flag pole.

More images from the same trip can be seen in the elder James’ Flickr photoset.

Thanks for sharing the image, Jameses! Happy Friday, all! Enjoy your weekends.