Research Post #13
Geology tourist!

Last week I got to spend 8 days hiking on the east and the west coast of Newfoundland, around St. John's, down at Mistaken Point, and around Gros Morne National Park. It was magnificent and magical and everything there is so utterly, utterly beautiful! But this post is just about rocks.

In case it wasn't clear from my photos, I was pretty delighted by the rocks of Newfoundland - and to be fair, I got to see some of its best! 

So for a quick run down (and disclaimer: I don't know the vocabulary of geology that well yet, so I'm using layman's terms, not technical ones):

  •  at the top we have the Tablelands, in Gros Morne, which is an area where the mantle of the earth (the part that is made of magma in a semisolid state, usually found oozing around underneath the crust) was exposed and cooled into an area of peridotite rock full of such heavy toxic metals that no plants can grow
  • second is an example of layers of sedimentary rock that have been folded so they are on an angle thanks to the pressures of tectonic plate collision, from Witless Bay
  • third is another shot from Witless Bay, I think of Gull Island, where we can see to chunks of the rock have been crushed together - or this is the seam, where the fold happened - I'm off on a quest to learn more about this one!
  • and finally we have the oceanic sedimentary crust raised to above sea level and exposed at Mistaken Point, which not only holds the oldest and largest fossils we have of animal-like things but is also an incredible example of the surface buckling and waves that go into the rock when it's under enough tectonic pressure to raise it and angle it this way.

I love geology, I love finding and touching rocks that were formed in the lightless depths of the ocean 500+ million years ago, and seeing how they have responded to the immense forces of tectonic movement. The upheaval that turned them on such dramatic angles is one of the coolest forces I think we can actually go and see the effects of on this planet. I'm awed that the very mantle of the earth itself was exposed and formed these incredible geological features! And I'm not totally sure how, yet, but I know that the awe I feel for these natural formations is going to be a part of Orin and the Dead Man's Sword. There are aspects of that story that deal with the depths of time, and as I review the rough script I have right now I know I'll be adding more and fleshing them out more and more. Maybe things will, haha, uh, crystalize?

I'm not even sorry for that pun.

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