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Serengeti Kopje

Serengeti Kopje
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-13
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Canon G10
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-13 12:20
Viewed: 5843
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A picture from the south eastern part of Serengeti with short grass plains and many kopjes. There are few visitors at this part and it was easy to take pictures without any car visible kilometers around. These short grass plains are ideal for cheetahs so sorry for that straying cat entering my lovely landscape picture ;-))))


So, what is a kopje, geologically? Essentially, it's a pile of ancient rocks that protrude through the more recent soils and surface rocks that's what gives them their other name of inselbergs: 'mountain islands'. In Serengeti they're either gneiss or diorite/granite. And they're all OLD! The kopjes of the north west are the oldest and those of the western corridor the youngest, but all are Precambrian, which means over 500 million years old. Compare that to the volcanic ash deposits they poke through on the Serengeti plain, which are only 3million years old, and you see how different they are. All originally formed under the surface of the earth from volcanic activity that didn't make it to the surface, cooling below ground, and then over the ensuring millions of years the surrounding softer rocks have eroded, leaving the harder metamorphic or igneous rocks to become exposed as they are today.

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Hello Tom

I love to see that wild big and wonderful cat
walking in to your landscape photo, it gives
another perspective to the image avec un
effet d'ambiance, beautiful photo, TFS


Impressive scenery Tom! Beautiful photo with good composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

Hello Tom bom dia!
I love this!Dramatic and wonderful landscape.Great composition,wonderful colors,lighting and sharp details.
Thank You,
Have a good weekend!

Hi Tom,
What a privelage you have to see such a beautiful place. Lovely photo!
Kind regards

Hello Tom,
Nice view of this plane with unique rock formation in view. The roaming wild life is a definite plus in this well composed shot.
Kind regards.

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