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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reading The Land

Creek cuts or road cuts are often an open history book not of recent times  but of times long gone. Perhaps millions of years can be read in one spot.  This is knowledge I hunger for and spend endless time trying to "read" the geological happenings that created this place, this time.

Above is a creek cut with layers of clay alternating with layers of lime.  This could be read as a long time of drought followed by a body of water which caused the lime build up.  The time of water was long because of the sediment and the fact water with lime began seeping into the clay or silt stone.  Both are considering sedimentary rocks.
Then, Boom!  There's a nice shelf of igneous rock bubbling out of the creek floor.  Now this is where it gets confusing to me.  This could be metamorphic rock because "Metamorphism is the result of solidification of material under high temperature and pressure. There are two types of metamorphism, contact and regional. The difference between the two is simple. Contact will occur in a small area usually as a result of an igneous intrusion. Regional occur in a large area due to intense heat and pressure within the earth." So could it be an igneous intrusion cooling as it is reaching the surface which then makes it a metamorphic stone? Metamorphic stone is made by squashing or heating. 

Are you confused yet?  I am.

At this point I know I don't know enough unless all I need to know about rocks is the pleasure of collecting and just listening to what they have to say.

I know barely enough to know if it's sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic...sometimes but I surely have fun trying to figure it out because under these main divisions are many, many more.

...and that is your geology lesson for the day.  

Knowing there is no simple stone keeps me looking.

12 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

When young, I would have liked to have gone into geology, but I didn't.

Lynne said...

Interesting . . .
Looks like very old rock/stone . . .
I'm not much help, am I . . .

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amazing, as I wouldn't even know what to look for.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, interesting post. What I do know, is that you know much more about geology than I do. Thanks for the lesson. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

DeniseinVA said...

A fascinating lesson on geology. I enjoyed this post. Thank you!

Karen S. said...

Me too, looking, searching and reading, and I too often follow so many leads from one explanation to the next and all of a sudden I'm lost in the translation of it all! But the journey is so darn wonderful, isn't it?!

Lowcarb team member said...

Well Gail, an interesting post.
I enjoyed it, thank you.

All the best Jan

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is fascinating! You know so much about the land and earth beneath our feet.
Lynne x

Buttons Thoughts said...

Confused and fascinated. Oh you and I would get along so well, we have the same thoughts. Scary:) Hug B

Arkansas Patti said...

You know it is not too late to pursue a degree in geology and you do have the passion. I am always amazed how history can be accurately read from rock formations or tree rings.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

What a cool post. I think you should check out if your area offers classes on this. Our county actually has classes on the geological make up of our area. We have a chain of lakes, marshes, channels, and a wide range of rock beds and soil types. I always thought this would be fun to study.

LindaG said...

What a great lesson, Gail! :-)
I thought the first picture had a cave painting on the right. Very interesting!
God bless. ♥

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