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29 March 2010

New metaconglomerate sample

Courtesy of my scanner, and my generous student Saadet M., whose family runs a building stone business here in northern Virginia… behold a lovely metaconglomerate: This is a really cool rock. I would rather have this than diabase for my countertop. It doesn’t show up well in this scan, but the rock has a moderately well developed foliation in the matrix: I’d describe it as “phyllitic verging on schisty.” The …


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4 March 2010

Triassic rifting in the Capitol

My girlfriend’s mom was in town in January, and we took her down to visit the Capitol Building. The tour had a good bit of history, but definitely missed the opportunity to talk geology. I was particularly struck by the columns in the Hall of Statuary: Close up of one column, with my hand for scale: That’s the Leesburg Conglomerate, a Triassic-aged deposit found in the western part of the …


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