The Geotraveller

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The GeoTraveller

Geotourism and Geoheritage of Famous Geological Sites and National Parks

The Geotraveller is a collection of short articles and research papers on internationally-famous geological sites and national parks.  Geotourism may include sites of historical and archaeological significance. Protection of our geoheritage is similarly important.

Additional areas of research include East Africa, the Bushveld Complex of South Africa and geological and archaeological photography.

Geotraveller 38 – Canadian Rocky Mountains

Geology of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks: Fold Mountains and Glacial Landforms. The landforms and spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains have been internationally known since building of the railways that crossed the continental divide. In 1886, the general manager of Canadian Pacific Rail was quoted as saying …

Geotraveller 37 – Methana, Greece

Geology of the Methana Peninsula, Greece: volcanism in the Peloponnese. Methana is located on the east coast of the Peloponnese, in the southern part of Greece. The Methana Peninsula projects northward into the Saronic Gulf, connected to the Peloponnese by a narrow gooseneck. The Peloponnese is also a peninsula, separated …

Book review by B. M. Simonson

Recommended reading for advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals. More than just a general geologic guide to national parks, this book nicely summarizes the regional geology of the eastern arm of the East African Rift system. This region is justifiably famous for many wonders, including the snows of Kilimanjaro, vast …

Geotraveller 36 – Milos, Greece

Geology and mining history of Milos Island, Greece: bimodal volcanism and mineral resources. Milos is part of the Cycladic archipelago, Greece, a group of approximately 30 islands located in the Aegean Sea to the south of the mainland. The Cyclades appeared to the ancient Greeks as a wheel, or cycle, …

Book review by Clyde Mallinson

Geotourism of the Gregory Rift Valley, Active Volcanism and Regional Plateaus. Author: Roger N. Scoon. The men were all huddled around the small shortwave radio, straining ears to hear and hearts to will, when Joel Stransky executed that most famous drop goal. We were in a tented camp in the …

Geotraveller 35 – Yosemite, USA

Geology of Yosemite National Park, California: canyons, granitic monoliths and waterfalls. The Yosemite National Park, which is also a world heritage site, is situated in eastern California, USA. The park occurs in a spectacular section of the Sierra Nevada and covers an area of more than 3,000 km2. The Sierra …

Discussion of “Oxygen isotope and trace element compositions of platiniferous dunite pipes of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa – Signals from a recycled mantle component?” by Günther, T., Haase, K.M., Junge,M., Oberthür, T., Woelki, D., and Krumm, S

BY ROGER N. SCOON AND ANDREW A. MITCHELL. Günther et al. (2018) have either overlooked or misunderstood the complexities of the platiniferous dunite pipes of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa in many respects. The attempt to suggest there is a continuum of olivine compositions between the main bodies of dunite …

Discussion of “Arguments against Syn-magmatic Sills in the Bushveld Complex, South Africa” by R. Latypov, S. Chistyakova and J. Kramers

BY ROGER N. SCOON AND ANDREW A. MITCHELL. Latypov et al. (2017) present the concept of periodic intrusion of basal magma flows and lateral mixing as the “traditional” interpretation of the evolution of the Rustenburg Layered Suite (RLS). This is a generalisation that displays a lack of appreciation of the …

Geotraveller 34 – South-western Uganda

Geology of National Parks of South-western Uganda: basement terranes and volcanism in the Albertine Rift. South-western Uganda is situated between the savannahs of the East African plateau and the low-lying, tropical rainforests of central Africa. This is reflected by a great diversity of ecosystems and wildlife. The plateau has an …