Something is up

After seeing textbook quality primary structures such as ripple marks and crossbeds at Chapman’s Peak in Capetown, we finally made it, on Friday evening, to the Karoo Basin. Today, the 10th of January is the fourth day in Ganora farm. The farm is located about 10km from Nieu Bethesda in between the spectacular mountains of the Eastern Cape.
Over the past four days, we were introduced to various field methods such as using the handy Jacobs’ staff to measure the thicknesses of stratigraphic sections, using the hand lens, sand-gauge and color chart to characterize different rocks types. On Sunday, Kody and I started characterizing a stratigraphic section in Tweefontein. We encountered the non-textbook type of primary structures, and we have since become experts in spotting the rock color 5Y 4/1.
In short, the past four days has seen us become better geologists. Tomorrow morning, we return to Tweefointein with the hope of learning and finding more structures up the Tweefontein stratigraphic section.

About Mduduzi Langwenya

My name is Mduduzi Langwenya, nicknamed Dan, from Swaziland. I am currently sophomore at Colby College, where I am doing a double major in Geoscience and Economics. I enjoy outdoors activities. The Jan Plan Geology field study in South Africa is a unique opportunity to study the home region, and further hone my field research skills.
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