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5 June 2014

Palimpsest tales from a Silurian limestone

My favorite rocks are those that tell multiple stories – rocks that are “palimpsest” with subsequent “chapters” of their biography capable of being teased out, based on different features to be observed in the rock. Click to enlarge What can we see in this small sample of the Silurian-aged Tonoloway limestone, from Corridor H, West Virginia? To start with, it’s sedimentary, and stratified. There are multiple layers of fine-grained gray …


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