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Crete 2010 #11 Agios Pavlos - geology

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In April 2010 I made a photo-trip to Crete. The main goal was surching and documenting the wild orchids and endimic flora of the Island. I already posted some of the species back in april (all images posted between 23/04/2010 and 15/05/2010).
In this series I will be posting mainly cityscapes and landscapes taken on the island during that trip.
For me it is a good occasion to review my images and select only the best and most representative ones from this trip.

Image: Agios Pavlos (Crete) - 09/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 10 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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anne from zwolle, Netherlands

wat een aparte structuur...de foto is goed van compo en lijnenspel....

25 Jan 2011 9:04am

@anne: Het is nog een stuk indrukwekkender als je voor die rotsen staat. Dit zijn zo van die natuurwonderen die gewoon niet in een foto te vatten zijn ....

Florence from Paris, France

Unusual shapes and rocks... volcanoes are magicians !

25 Jan 2011 10:51am

@Florence: You are right about volcanoes being magicians, but these rocks have (almost) nothing to do with volcanoes ... :-) Layers of different sediments formed mostly on the bottom of the sea over thousands of years, originally layered completely horizontally, were deformed, curshed and folded by the huge forces of tectonics resulting iin this brilliant pattern of synclines and anticlines.

Siepi from Perk, Belgium

Versteende creatieve stilte ... knap of foto vastgelegd.

25 Jan 2011 11:43am

@Siepi: Nu stilte, maar getuige van de erg gewelddadige krachten van onze aardkorst ... Groetjes !

Florence from Paris, France

That's really amazing then because it really looks like volcano concretions. What an admirable natural sculpture. Thanks for sharing such treasures Johan. And thnaks also for the precision.

25 Jan 2011 12:25pm

@Florence: You are welcome, Florence. These rocks are indeed amazing and are certainly the most photographed geological curiosity Crete.

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

wonderful :)

25 Jan 2011 3:00pm

@Shahryar: Thanks Shahryar. It is wonderfull to visit that site !

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Prachtige foto, veel detail en mooi lijnenspel in de rotsen

25 Jan 2011 4:47pm

@Aubélia: Dank je, Aubélia. Het is werkelijk prachtig om dit natuurwondertje te bezoeken. In het echt nog veel indrukwekkender dan je op foto kan vastsleggen. Het geeft een staaltje van de immense krachten die in onze aarde spelen om ze te vormen tot wat ze nu is. Groetjes.

JCJ from Troyes, France

wow, amazing rocks!

25 Jan 2011 5:52pm

@JCJ: I agree, JCJ. It was the detour more than worth !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Diese Felsen schauen großartig aus ! Daß das Foto perfekt ist, wundert mich natürlich nicht ! Herzliche Grüße aus Tirol !

25 Jan 2011 6:50pm

@Loner: The power of our earth set in simple rocks .... I found some more info on this rocks (in German !) here. Warm greetz !

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, amazing rocks, fantastic!

25 Jan 2011 9:11pm

@Stefan: Yes they are, Stefan. If you like to know more about them, see the link (In German) I provided in my answer to Loner before. Have a nice day !

patrick from Achères, France

Impressionante cette roche,un incroyable rendu.

26 Jan 2011 12:26pm

@patrick: Thanks for your visit and comment, Patrick.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

fascinating place !

26 Jan 2011 9:27pm

@Veronique: It is indeed wonderfull to see those structures. I'll surely go back there once ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

What an awesome example of uplift and folding! You framed it well.

27 Jan 2011 10:16am

@Julie Brown: I know you are familiar with the basics of geology, Julie. It is a perfect example for a geology-course don't you think ?

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Gosh, amazing textures from this fault in the rock, i guess it was pushed into this shape by ice?

27 Jan 2011 6:15pm

@Christine: No ice, Christine. Just the basics of Geology here: Sediments formed at the bottom of the see, uplifted and folded by the forces of plate-tectonics.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Johan, I am teaching plate tectonics in my Earth Science class right now! I love looking at this image-it is the best I have seen in any book or on the internet. All of the softer rock must have eroded away to expose this feature.

28 Jan 2011 3:09am

@Julie Brown: Oh whaw ! I did not know you were teaching Earth Science ! Very interesting subject for me (and I hope for your students too ...) These rock-layers are basicaly a combination of Limestone and chert. The folding results from the the Alpine orogeny in the Late Mesozoic and Tertiary that formed the mountain ranges of the Alpide belt. If you want to use this image in your classes, please send me a PB so I can provide you a higher-resolution version.

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
10 mm