Friday Field Foto #81: Permian turbidites in the Karoo Basin
This week’s Friday Field Foto is from a trip to South Africa I went on about a year ago. We went to look at the relatively famous Permian turbidite outcrops in the Karoo basin.
The area pictured here is called the Tanqua Karoo, and is a spectacular place to examine a preserved submarine fan (note the small group of light-colored vehicles down in the valley). The cliff-forming rocks that form the mesas and buttes in the distance (and what I’m standing on taking this photo) are sandstone bodies that can be correlated across many 10s of km.
Check out photos from a wildlife reserve not too far from this area on this post.