Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wildwood Rocks!

I have always admired the limestone/dolomite tufa cliffs at the Main Street entrance to Wildwood Park.
The slowly dripping water has left deposits and formations on the rocks' surfaces much like those that 
would be found inside a cave.

Wintertime adds a beautiful draping of ice sculpture that changes as the air
cools and warms, causing the ice to melt and refreeze.

One day recently, when I was wandering with my camera, I climbed the steps
behind the Wildwood Park sign and noticed a small opening in an outcrop. 

Taking a closer look at the rocks, I saw that there were very slender pieces of rock
sticking out that were perpendicular to the horizontal limestone layers. 

I showed the photo to my geologist friend, Bob Whisonant, and he told me that the 
narrow strips of rock are called bacon strips (Isn't that a descriptive name!) and that they are caused by calcium carbonate precipitating out from the limestone.
Wildwood rocks!

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