Back to the desert: Diamictite strain analysis explained

After a week of tromping around Virginia’s Piedmont backcountry, it was time to get back to get back to my metadiamictite from the Oman desert. The fresh air was a nice reset and I was able to come back to the McG TC with a crisp get-it-done drive.

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Rock saws, epoxy, and stereonets: Creating a baseline to work with

The learning curves for this project haven proven to be steep this first week, but not nearly as steep as the grungy desert outcrop surface I had to scramble up to collect my samples in the first place.  The past 5 days in research have brought me face to face with a number of techniques and methods I’ve encountered in the literature over the past semester in preparation for this project, but am just now putting to use. A great deal of time this past week has been spent prepping my samples, while also familiarizing myself with the processes and practicing my methods.

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Strain analysis & geochronology of Neoproterozoic rocks, Ghubrah Bowl, Oman

Glacially deposited Neoproterozoic rocks (~700 million years old) crop out in the Sultanate of Oman and provide critical information regarding the Earth’s paleoclimate history. The depositional environment of these ancient sandstones and conglomerates within the Ghubrah Formation of the Jabal Akhdar Mountains has been well-researched, yet these are deformed rocks with a well-developed tectonic fabric that is poorly understood in the research community.

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