Geology for Global Development

Friday Photo (81): Wildlife in the Field – Glacial Tortoises

A pair of tortoises retreat into their shells in fear as a couple of geologists appear to study the diamictite they are walking over.

Clasts visible in the rock below mark melting events at the end of the Gondwana glaciation, 300 million years ago. Deposits like these cover much of southern Gondwana, and can be found today in southern Africa, Antarctica, Australia, India and South America. This section is the Dwyka Formation in the Karoo, South Africa.

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Rosalie was the Himalayas Programme Officer for Geology for Global Development and writer for the GfGD blog. She is a geochemist and a postdoc at the University of Oxford.