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Geo-image extravaganza — my header photograph

May 28, 2010

This month’s installment of the geoscience blog carnival, The Accretionary Wedge, is hosted by Highly Allochthonous and is asking participants to highlight images of geoscience:

The theme that we’ve chosen is simple: we want to amass a gallery of all of your favorite geologically themed pictures.

This is a great idea — the geoblogosphere is very diverse and the compilation of everyone’s favorite images should be interesting. As you know, I love showing images here on Clastic Detritus (e.g., Friday Field Foto series and Sea-Floor Sunday series) so I’m happy to participate.

There are literally thousands of images I could sort through to try and pick one. So, what I decided to do is show the full photograph that makes up my header image at the top of the blog.

Cerro Divisadero, southern Chile (© 2010

This is a photograph I took in 2004 on my very first trip to Patagonia. We visited this particular location, called Cerro Divisadero, on a 3-day reconnaissance excursion. The following two years I went back with colleagues and field assistants to document the sedimentological features and stratigraphic architecture, which became part of my PhD dissertation and this paper.

I’ve always liked this image — I’m not sure why exactly. I like the juxtaposition of the barren cliff faces and slopes in the foreground with the distant mountains and Patagonian ice cap in the background. It also conjures up fantastic memories of my various adventures to this part of the world.

see all posts tagged with ‘Patagonia’ here

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2010 7:51 am

    yay! Patagonia!

  2. May 28, 2010 7:59 am

    The shapes of the foreground cliffs are photographically interesting, for one thing, and there’s a lot to see in the picture geologically w/ strata dipping in different directions (or bending around the topography).

    Turbidites, right?

  3. Julien permalink
    May 28, 2010 5:46 pm

    Awesome Patagonia… very nice picture, which remind me the strong, essential, and natural link between being a geologist (sensus largo) and love the earth’s variety, complexity and beauty. Give us a wild landscape, a hammer and a red wine bottle (french is possible), and we’ll probably be the happiest people on earth..!
    I’m just leaving for some field trip / fieldwork in central Australia, will try to make nice pictures of it…

  4. May 29, 2010 1:24 am

    It’s certainly a striking image. And, having been in parts of the world where all the good outcrop is hidden beneath annoying vegetation, there’s an attractive lithological purity to it…

    Thanks for your contribution!

  5. May 30, 2010 7:35 am

    Thanks all … having not been in the field for about a year now I think I’m also starting to seriously pine for some rocks in their natural habitat.

    @Silver Fox — yes, turbidites!

    @Chris Rowan — lithological purity … I like that

    @Julien — I prefer South American wine over French, yes I’m uncivilized, ha! :) … I saw your Sedimentology paper come out by the way, congrats, I may use one of the images for a future Sea-Floor Sunday post if you don’t mind

  6. Julien permalink
    June 9, 2010 3:47 am

    Ha Brian, I though a Californian-guy like you would – at least – prefer these US “french-copies” wines :) !!! Thanks for the Sedim, no worries for the pictures.


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