Rusty Red Peridotite With Lichen
Karon Melillo DeVega
Photograph - Photograph - Digital Photography
quote from geology.com
"Peridotite makes up a large part of the Earth, but it's very seldom seen because it lies in the mantle, underneath the crust.
It took a rare combination of tectonic and geologic activity to get this piece of deep lithosphere across the ocean floor, plaster it against the continent, carry it down into a subduction zone and back up again, then gently release it to the rough hands of the Pacific surf, which are quickly battering it into sand to be altered to clay."
I photographed this from a Peridotite exposed "wall" in the mountain near Paradise Montana
© Karon Melillo DeVega
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July 31st, 2010
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