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Geomorphology Of Treur River Belt

Geomorphology Of Treur River Belt
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-10
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF-S DX Nikkor18-105mmF/3.5-5.6G-ED-VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-05 12:52
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I had captured this photograph of the dry Treur River bed belt at Bourke's Luck Potholes area in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I wanted to visit this place just for its Geological aspect. I spend almost 4 hours there and noticed such attractive formation of nature there. Just wanted to study practically what I studied before.

Let me described in short what I have noticed and also about its past.

This place lies in the Blyde River Canyon. The Blyde River Canyon rises on the form Hartbeesvlakte east of the town of Sabie, and is joined by the Treur river (You can see in picture the dry bed of Treur River) all the Burke's Luck Potholes. The Blyde catchment area is 2842KM2 with a mean annual runoff of 402.6 The Blyde River is characteristic by an unconfined sinuous channel with a strong bedrock influence. The morphology is dominated by rapids/riffles and pools.

The mean annual perception for the areas is between 500-800mm.

The Drakensberg Escarpment probably started developing during the early of middle Jurassic and it probably was a noteworthy landmark since the middle Cretaceous Period. Its appearance can possibly be attributed to the disintegration of Gondwanaland.

The Escarpment was formed by erotion, a process that is currently continuing, slowly weathering away in the direction of the Highveld.

At Bourke's Luck the river weathered away the softer rocks right up to the hard Quartzite of the Main Quartzite and Black reef formation. The river probably caused accelerated erosion along a weak zone such as a seam or fault, resulting in the formation of the deep Canyon. The layer of the base of the potholes are relatively soft and were therefore eroded away at a faster rate.

The area incised through the workberg group which has an estimated age of approximately 2300+ million years, and is almost the oldest Sedimentary rock found in South Africa. The group consists of Six formation namely "Sadowa Formation" (Mudstone & Sandstone), "Mabin Formation" (Sandstone), "Selati Formation" (Mudstone & Quartzite), "Schelem Formation" (Conglomerate), "Abel Erusmus Formation" (Leave, Mudstone & Dolomite) and "Sekororo Formation" (Sandstone & Conglomerate).

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-05 13:59]

Hi Srikumar,your work in PP is abaolutely fantastic,i like a lot! And the view too is very very interesting,with a lot of different geological things to watch as i can read in your note.Well done,as usual! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-07-05 21:07]

Hello Srikumar,
What a gorgeous looking area with many interesting geological rock formations. Looks like a fine painting with an array of beautiful colors, textures, shadows and light. The dark rain clouds added a wonderful touch to an already eye catching scene. Great shot!!

Hello Srikumar,
Very nice capture of a interesting rock formation. Incredible colors and DOF. Very interesting and useful comment about the Geological aspect....
The contrast of the red - brown rocks and the green vegetation looks superb.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-07-06 4:47]

Hello Sri
An interesting place this South-African Canyon! Picture taken from a very well chosen point of view.
Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-07-06 10:10]

Hello Srikumar,
What a beautiful landscape. Excellent sharpness and attractive contrasting colors, also in the clouds. Very good DOF and POV.

Hi Srikumar,

The length of the canyon is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the Blyde River Canyon. The gray sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-07-11 15:36]

Hi Srikumar
Awesome landscape with gorgeous tones and impressive sky.

TFS & regards

Taken in 1950?

Hi Sri,
This is fantastic. Breathtaking rock formations on a very spectacular composition, the grey, cloudy sky is contrasting the reddish rocks quite well. I love your white balance and color saturation also. Absolutely an image to leearn from, both photography- and nature-wise. Excellent post with a useful note, bravo! And, as looking at the exif, the oldest photo of TrekNature ever (date taken 10/5/1950)... :-)
Kind regards, László

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