Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Picture of the day: Golden Gate

I have no time for a lengthy post, I'm in the midst of teaching three honours modules and trying to catch up on a backlog of research papers I need to write. I got a big one away just last week...
Anyway this picture shows Golden Gate National Park at Rooidrai (Red Corner) where James Kitching found the Massospondylus embryos that featured in Science a few years back. The large sandstone bluffs are aeolian deposits belonging to the Clarens Formation, while the red friable rocks below are the fluvial mudstones and sandstones of the Elliot Formation. The embryos were found in the spoil heap created by blasting for the road. You can see the heap to the right of the truck ('bakkie'pronounced 'bucky' in South African) disappearing off down the gully.

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