Weird Layered Rock

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Wednesday 04 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

How about this for some strange geology?

Out and about the other week and I came across some ‘layered’ rock formations I hadn’t seen before. Each ‘layer’ was only say 5cm (2″) thick, but the twisted patterns and undulations must have an interesting tale to tell I suspect. 

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Any budding amatuer, or professional, geologists care to explain to the rest of us?

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I am guessing at some ancient earth movement of course, as this whole area of the Near Middle East is very prone to earthquakes, even today.

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9 thoughts on “Weird Layered Rock

  1. geobaron says:

    I fall into the budding amateur category, so I can tell you a little. Originally all the layers were flat and forces in the earth’s crust caused by tectonic movements bent and cracked the rocks. The forces have different effects depending on conditions such as heat, rock type, and the pace of deformation. The folds probably happened slowly while the cracks/faults would have happened relatively fast (earthquakes).

    As for the rock type, it’s hard to see in the photos, but you’re probably not far off when you say shale.

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  2. Wish I had the answer .. Interesting formations Spike

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  3. I. Greenwald says:

    Very beautiful. Love how it looks.

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  4. honestme363 says:

    Shale?? Just a guess and I will be sure to check back to see what others say…

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  5. Yvonne says:

    I hope someone comes along to explain the forces that were at work here. I can’t begin to imagine the temperatures and thrusts that must have been present.

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