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January 10, 2015 Weekly Weather and Geology Guess

January 10, 2016
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:

Needless to say, there is no easy way to geologically dissect North America. 
At any rate we will geologically wander across North America as best that I can stumble across the outcrop.  (See below for discussion)
From last week regarding oil in the copper mine in the UP of Michigan.  From a former mine geologist.  “There was some liquid oil here and there but the biggest problem was solid hydrocarbon in sandstone, messed up the mill circuit.”  GS.
The next big and new words are Greenville   O _ _ _ _ _ .
O______  is a continental plate that has been crumpled and is pushed upwards to form mountain ranges.  Like the Appalachian Mountains.
Enjoy the discussion and please throw you 2 cents or quarter’s worth of comments and questions.


Last Week On the Bluff:

–    58 was the high and 28 was the low.
–    Rainfall total on the Bluff was 0.2 inches.
–    Maximum wind gust was 20 mph. 

Metro Birmingham Forecast for the New Week

–    52 is the forecast high and 21 is the forecast low.
*    Below freezing temperatures at night from Sunday through Wednesday.  Check on the elderly, pipes, plants, pets.
–    0.6 inches of rain is forecast for the week.

–    Rain by next Friday.  


Weather Guesses

Alabama All Weather Hazards Awareness:

NWS, Huntsville, AL:
NWS, Birmingham, AL:
NWS, Mobile, AL:    


Metro Birmingham.  Compliments of ABC3340.

(for Detailed Graphical Forecast)
Weather Underground Map for Metro Birmingham.
(Just wander around the state to pick your closest weather station).


Weather Forecast by AccuWeather  (Pick your time, day, or month)
Space Weather.


Minerals and Rocks – The Good Life from the Ground
“If it ain’t grown, it has to be mined”
The Origins of North American Geology
Part 1:  North American Geologic Origins
Part 2:  Origins of North American Life
                                                        Topic for The Week
1.4  Greenville Orogen
“The Grenville Orogen is a deeply eroded and highly uplifted orogenic belt (mountain building) that extends from Labrador in northeastern Canada to the Adirondack Mountains and southwestward under the coastal plain of the eastern United States. It developed from about 1.5 to 1 billion years ago.”  Encyclopedia Britannica
per Wikipedia  “It spans a significant portion of the North American continent, from Labrador to Mexico, as well as to Scotland.”
Needless to say this was an episode of mountain building due to collisions of continental plates associated with the breakup of the supercontinent Rodinia.  There is nothing smooth regarding this process nor the stop and go of the process throughout a portion of geologic time.
Next week we will land on sacred and complexly familiar ground, The Appalachian Mountains.  R
Geology of the Appalachian Mountains
Geology of Alabama
Basic Geology of Alabama

Overview of the Geology of Alabama by Geological Survey of Alabama

Geologic Map Overview of Regional Geology of Alabama, Southern US, and North America attached.  There will be more readable detailed maps of Alabama when we start tearing the state apart into physiographic provinces.
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Author’s Request:  If you see any pictures that you know the source and photographer, let me know immediately.  Thanks!  R

Images have been searched by TinEye Reverse Image Search.


Must quit before brain shorts out again!  R
Have A Great Week!
Rodinia_reconstruction, 2003.  Meert-Torsvik

Rodinia_reconstruction, 2003. Meert-Torsvik

Grenville-Extent, 2009, G. Mills

Extent of Greenville Orogeny in NA. 2009, G. Mills

NA.  Green Ville Orogeny.  Superior Province.

NA. Green Ville Orogeny. Superior Province.

Greenville Orogeny, Simple. academic.

Greenville Orogeny, made Simple. academic.

Greenville Orgony, Gneiss with anticlinal features. Vermont.

Greenville Orogeny, Gneiss with anticlinal features. Vermont.

Greenville Orogeny, Granulite Facies.

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Greenville Orogeny, Granulite Facies.

Greenville Orogeny, High Peaks, Adirondack Mts., NY.

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Greenville Orogeny, Granulite Facies.

Greenville Orogeny, Blue Ridge Thrust Fault Cake

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Greenville Orogeny, Blue Ridge Thrust Fault Cake

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