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31 December 2010

Friday fold: French Broad basement

The Friday fold visits the French Broad Massif of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge province.


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24 December 2010

Friday fold: Mars Hill terrane

Today’s Friday Fold comes to us via Pete Berquist of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Check it out: Pete explains what’s going on here: I cannot provide an exact location but this is within the Mars Hill Terrane (MHT), which is an distinctive swath of Mesoproterzoic basement extending ~50 km x 100 km within the North Carolina Blue Ridge. It may be analogous with the Stage Road Gneiss …


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13 June 2010

Duke Stone

I wrote last fall about my visit to the Duke Quarry, home of a charismatic metavolcanic rock used to face buildings on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Here’s a sample of the “Duke Stone” that I brought back to NOVA, cut, polished, lacquered, and scanned. It’s quite lovely. You can click through (twice) for the biggest version: Gorgeous, isn’t it?


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