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15 March 2019

Friday folds: two more from Oman and Chuck Bailey

Friday is that special day of the week where we take a break from our hurried lives and gaze longingly at great photos of folded rocks in exotic corners of the world. Today, we return to Oman, and we say, “Oh, man!”

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1 February 2019

Friday fold: Two spectacular folds from Oman

The William & Mary “Rock Music” class has returned from Oman, bearing cultural insights and Friday fold photos!

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23 May 2013

Gaining Ground, by Forrest Pritchard

Last week, I got a great new book from Amazon. I had pre-ordered it months ago, so when it finally arrived, I was delighted, and dove right in. Within 24 hours, I had finished it. It’s the story of how my friend Forrest Pritchard re-made his family’s farm into a sustainable enterprise by going organic. The book is called Gaining Ground, and it’s less academic than something like The Omnivore’s …

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21 February 2013

Strained stylolites in Elkton East

Whoa – look at all that GREEN. You can tell this Virginia picture wasn’t taken recently. In fact, it’s another image from the field review I participated in for the Elkton East quadrangle back in May of last year. Somehow I start blogging these things, but run out of steam (or really more accurately: I get distracted by other stuff) before I finish. Today’s (I think, final) tidbit: sheared stylolites …

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9 May 2012

Overturned bedding in the Weverton (?) Formation

On Monday, I was out in the field at the Blue Ridge / Valley & Ridge transition (“boundary”?) in the Elkton East quadrangle, where Chuck Bailey and students (from the College of William & Mary) were leading a field review of their new geologic map. A field review is a form of field-based peer review, wherein the authors of a new geologic map take peers and interested others out into …

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11 November 2011

Friday (center)fold

At last weekend’s gala banquet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the William & Mary geology department, I was tickled to see that the centerpiece for each table was a rock of some sort. I spotted Gore Mountain Amphibolite, Baker Mountain Kyanite, brachiopod fossils in limestone, a fossil whale vertebra, a chunk of Aquia Creek sandstone, pegmatite, and peridotite-xenolith-bearing basalt. …And on one table, there was a fold: Here’s a …

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9 November 2011

William & Mary geology: 50th anniversary

The geology program at the College of William & Mary turned 50 years old this year, and last weekend they held a party to celebrate. Of the 800 or so geology majors the department has produced in 50 years, about 100 came to this event – that’s a pretty great ratio, I think: 1 out of every 8 alumni made the trek back to Williamsburg to pay tribute to this …

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