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600 Million Years of Earth History

600 Million Years of Earth History
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Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 49 N: 964] (4707)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-17 13:49
Viewed: 3196
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Collision of two microcontinents (the Kalahari Craton and the Congo Craton - a craton being a relatively stable part of Earth's crust) 600 MYBP (Million Years Before Present) squashed, metamorphosed and structurally deformed the horizontal strata between them into huge folds and high mountain ranges, here with vertical disposition in the foreground. The next 300 million years saw the mountains being eroded down to this level.

From 320 MYBP until approximately 180 MYBP, horizontal sedimentary strata were again deposited over the whole area as seen in the background here.

Another period of erosion and removal ensued until the occurrence of the Etendeka(Namibia)- Parana(Brazil) volcanic episode from 132 MYBP to 128 MYBP with the stretching of the crust immediately preceding the opening-up of the Atlantic Ocean. A thickness of more than 2000 metres of volcanic strata accumulated during one of the most extensive volcanic episodes in Earth history.

Subsequent erosion, continuing until now, has exposed the structurally deformed strata in the foregrond and the younger, horizontally layered, sedimentary deposits in the background, capped by a thin veneer of Etendeka lava.

maaciejka, KOMSIS, pegos, lousat, Argus, siggi, bungbing, eqshannon, Dis. Ac., Pitoncle has marked this note useful
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Sorry Neels ! Your notes are far away from my competence; then I did not understand a lot.

Hi Neels,
amazing African photo. Excellent colours. Great place - but I think very hot :)
Perfect details. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-17 14:20]
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Hi Neels,
As the Red planet ..
Impressive color, sharp detail and excellent composition.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-17 14:38]

Hallo Neels,
Interessante foto van dit bizarre landschap. Erg mooie kleuren en goede scherpte. Vanuit een goed standpunt genomen.

Hello dear Neels!
First of all...what does it means MYBP? I think your note is superbe, but without know what is MYBP...it get really difficult to understand.Your photo is very nice and your old slides are working very well here! I see that you are in love with geology...good for you!
Many thanks for sharing such knowledge with us!
Big hug,

Impressive landscape Neels! Interesting note, excellent composition and fantastic colours..

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-17 23:53]

Hi Neels,
congratulations for this extraordinary naturalistic document. A picture like this can tell a long story if you have the capacity to interpret the "signs". The geology is a fascinating material. This is a shot of landscape very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Neels, this is a beautiful landscape. Good job. Thanks for your positive comment on my dove photo. Bill

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-18 8:50]

Hi Neels,historic place and historic pic too...ehehe.very interesting note and a great work of digitalisation whit the best sharpness and colors,i like it.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-19 8:10]

Hello Neels,
One needs to be reminded at times about the time that elapses when these rocks are crystalised, eroded, formed and exposed.
An excellent scan of a slide showing, the structure, shapes and break-down of these Namibian rock strata. The colours are excellent and the scene is well composed against a blue sky.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-19 11:02]

Hello Neels.
This is really an amazing view of the landscape.Its topography is so wonderful.Wonderful scenery, great POV. Interesting shape.Best regards Siggi

Hello Neels,
Very nice Landscape, great details sharpness, good depth of field and beautiful colours, very well taken and good informative note,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Excellent research. A most impressive story in geologic times...something I study myself. I take lessons from my wife the geologist:-) She will no doubt love this as I do!

Hello Neels,

yes good pov and sharpness and an really old pice of earth, the time before humans.
Interesting note.
Fine colors.


Bonjour Neels,
Très intéressante publication retraçant bien l'évolution de notre monde au travers de ce paysage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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