19 February 2012

Plane views

Posted by Callan Bentley

A few scenes out the left side of the airplane from when I flew from El Paso to Houston a week and a half ago…

Sand dune field overprinting desert vegetation and human roadways:

Outcrop pattern of horizontal strata (tracing out the contours of this hill), and the weird geometry of human road systems:

More contour-hugging outcrops of horizontal strata, and a vertical joint set:

Same thing:

Bajada (apron of sediment, made from multiple alluvial fans coalescing) on the flank of fault-block mountain range, playa (salt flat) in the foreground.

Annotated version:

Meandering river with cut-off loops (dried-out oxbow lakes):

I love sitting in a window seat on a clear day!