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6 September 2019

Friday fold: Gonzen, Switzerland

Science writer Gabe Popkin shared two fold photos with me this week – both from near Sargans, Switzerland, adjacent to the Rhine River Valley and the border with Lichtenstein. The photos shows the mountain called Gonzen. There, Jurassic limestones crop out in a very wavy pattern: I don’t know the geology of this area in any kind of detail, but I decided to trace out a distinctive upper surface of …

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30 August 2019

Friday fold: Calafia State Beach

The Friday fold is a guest contribution to “Mountain Beltway” from the manager of the AGU Blogosphere, Larry O’Hanlon. It shows apparent crumpling of a few sedimentary layers at the toe of a soft sediment slump at Calafia State Beach in southern California.

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23 August 2019

Friday fold: a return to coastal Greenland

We return for today’s Friday fold to a site on the coast of Greenland’s King Oscar Fjord, featured in photographs by Alistair Knock, that first graced Mountain Beltway’s digital pages eight years ago.
Who wouldn’t want to buy that fold?

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16 August 2019

Friday fold: near Mistaya Lodge in the Canadian Rockies

Quick, awesome Friday fold here from the Canadian Rockies and Maggie Romuld: Maggie also posted another intriguing image of her hiking in the Canadian Rockies – and set geoTwitter abuzz with a discussion of whether she had captured load casts bulging out of the bottom side of a bed or stromatolites projecting upward from the top of a bed. Have a look & read the ensuing discussion here. Happy Friday!

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9 August 2019

Friday fold: crumpled green metavolcanics from St. Anthony

The Friday fold erupted out of a volcano, completing the second part of its two stage cooling history, then later got folded and metamorphosed. It was found atop a high cliff near the northern Newfoundland town of St. Anthony.

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2 August 2019

Friday fold: kinks in gritty phyllite near Lawn, Newfoundland

The ‘Friday fold’ shows gorgeous conjugate sets of kink bands transecting the plane of foliation in some phyllitic metasediments seen on the southern Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland.

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26 July 2019

Friday folds: Broom Point, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Here’s a look at some of the outcrops at Broom Point, within sight of the famous uplifted fjord called Western Brook Pond: The limestone beds here are Ordovician in age, and they dip to the east: In places through there are folds to be spotted in the beds:

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19 July 2019

Friday fold: Banded iron formation from the University of Wisconsin geology museum

A final Friday fold from Madison, Wisconsin: this one a slab of cut and polished banded iron formation from Australia: What exquisitely beautiful rock! Happy Friday!

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11 July 2019

A submarine slump complex at Sandy Cove, Newfoundland

Traveling in Newfoundland, Callan visits a seaside outcrop showing a Proterozoic submarine slump complex, overprinted by tectonic cleavage and weathered by the sea.

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21 June 2019

Friday fold: The University of Wisconsin rock garden

I’m at a workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, this week. I took the lunch hour today and walked over to the geology department to check out their rock garden and geology museum. I was pleased to find a Friday fold in the rock garden: a limestone with cherty nodules/layering that has been folded…. Bonus: some nice bookshelfing/boudinage of the chert: …And here’s another boulder of the same lovely stuff. And here …

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