12 August 2015
— Justin Shinohara (@JustinShinohara) August 11, 2015
The best place for eliciting responses, however, appeared to be the AGU Facebook page.
What do you see here?http://ow.ly/QL4Ps (Mountain Beltway at #AGUblogs)
2 RepliesJuan Leonardo Vargas Fault line,also there are a number of features that resemble faces, some on the cutaway and also in the tree branches and also a person, ,possibly a boy about 10 or 11 yrs.old..Wajahat Abbasi Thurst fault smile emoticonClark Davis Not sure but thanks for asking!!Ted Asher the face of Jesus?Joe Miller A guy ready to jump.Sean Daniels anticline, syncline, with lower volcanics.. some local to regional faulting and folding as the driver of the structure.
Aradia Farmer reverse thrust fault, mud, rocks, grass, trees, humanScott Ehlert You can’t tell much for certain but probably a fault. Could be a slide or something else.
Some of those appear to be earnest efforts at interpreting this outcrop. Others are typical Facebook gobbledygook and people being smartasses.
If you’re one of those who’s interested in figuring this thing out, we’ll take the next step today. I’ll ask you to take another look, this time with annotations sketched in. I’ve traced out bedding (where visible) in the version of the image below:
Additional clues: these are Pennsylvanian aged strata exposed near the eastern edge of the Alleghany Plateau in northern West Virginia, along a newly-opened stretch of Corridor H, the east-west highway that has been under construction here for the better part of a decade.
Does that change your opinion of what’s going on here?