20 January 2012
Last weekend, my wife and I joined friends for a weekend of cross-country skiing in the wonderful Canaan Valley of West Virginia. On the way back, between the towns of Burlington and Romney, West Virginia, I saw this folded shale on the north side of Route 50:
You can click on that panorama to make it a thousand pixels tall, if you want to explore it a bit. There are some nice groundwater seeps on the far right (east), making icicles in the cold air.
… Or we can just zoom in on the central portion, the short steep limb that interrupts otherwise shallowly-east-dipping strata:
With bedding annotated:
Happy Friday! May you make a serendipitous geologic discovery of your own this weekend.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I counted up the “Romney for President” signs that I saw in the town of Romney, West Virginia. There were zero.