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27 January 2015

Miette Group gritstone showing scours, mudchip rip-ups, cross-bedding, and dropstones

The coarser strata of the Neoproterozoic Miette Group in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta record changing water current strength over time, and maybe an iceberg or two.

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23 January 2015

Friday fold: Rainy Cove, Nova Scotia

Elizabeth Kosters contributed this week’s Friday fold: It’s from Rainy Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. Click through to read Elizabeth’s post on the site. Happy Friday!

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22 January 2015

The lip of the caldera

One last post from my September trip to Greece. Here’s a look north along the inside wall of the central caldera of Santorini, taken from the deck of the Santos Winery. It’s not hard to imagine the volcanic edifice that filled the space to the left (west) prior to The Big One.

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21 January 2015

Bloomsburg Formation in GigaPan

Three images, working our way in from outcrop setting to hand sample: link link link These fine red sandstones are the Silurian-aged Bloomsburg Formation, as it crops out in Fort Valley, Virginia. What would we see if we kept zooming in? …Stay tuned…

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20 January 2015

Building stones of the Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

As a follow-up to my post about the geology of the Acropolis klippe in Athens, Greece, and in the spirit of my post on the building stones of the Haghia Sophia in İstabul, Turkey, let’s turn our attention today to the various rocks that ancient Greeks used to construct the buildings of the Acropolis, such as the Parthenon. When we went to Greece in September, we didn’t just look at …

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17 January 2015

Geology of the Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

When visiting Athens, Greece, you are drawn to the Parthenon’s grand architecture atop the hill called the Acropolis. But why is the Acropolis a hill?

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16 January 2015

Friday fold: the Ross Sandstone, Ireland

Zoltán Sylvester has contributed today’s Friday fold, an anticline in the Ross Sandstone of Ireland: Click image to go to the source (full sized). Thanks Zoltán! Happy Friday everyone.

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13 January 2015

Glacial striations and robust hackles in Jasper

Check out the argillite boulder in the left midground of this GigaPan, which I’ve showed here before. It was taken at the Icefields Center parking area in Jasper National Park, Alberta: link There, you’ll find some lovely orange lichens, some iron oxide staining, some graffiti, and a fair number of sub-aligned glacial striations. Also, at the top edge of the boulder, there’s a nice set of big hackles, running along …

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12 January 2015

Bedding / intrusion relationships, Ferrar dikes, Antarctica

Another pair of shots of the Ferrar mafic intrusives from Antarctica, courtesy of Lauren Michel… Zooming in more… There are some major disruptions to the strata – I wonder if the story is more complicated than my simple annotation suggests…

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9 January 2015

Friday fold: a surging rippled whale of Grinnell Formation

The Friday fold is asymmetric, overturned, and chock full of primary sedimentary features. Join us in Glacier National Park’s Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup.

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