Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Back to the Future

I backtracked in my last posts, but it's time to move forward again. In the past week, I've been critiquing manuscripts for friends (being far more liberal with "the rules" since they're too subjective) and exploring the Carolinas. Last Friday, my husband and I drove across state to visit Pilot Mountain. On Monday (Labor Day) we went to a local conservancy project with fellow CA members, KT, Joe, and Dan. Now, it's time to kill the ticks and write trip reports.

I enjoyed writing these reports. More so when I know someone will enjoy them. But difficulties arise when I come across subjects I'm unfamiliar with, and I've encounter a lot of those in the Carolinas. This place doesn't lack an abundance of wildflowers and natural communities, so I've had to do a fair amount of research in those areas just to get to the point of introducing them in my posts. And with the trip to Pilot Mountain, I must now delve in a subject that's way over my head, but one I'd been hoping to study--and have been too intimidated to try: geology.

Pilot Mountain, along with nearby Hanging Rock and a name I can't seem to retain (Moore's Wall? Knob? I'll remember once we go) is what's called a monadnock. It's a remnant of an old mountain range. The peaks around it eroded over time, but the quartzite in those "lonely mountains" kept Pilot Mountain from melting into the landscape with the rest of the dirt. The big dome that gives the mountain its recognizable feature is made of layers and layers of what I assume is quartzite, thought I'm am not entirely sure. For that matter, I haven't a clue what quartzite is. I'll have to study it.

Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas is on my wish list. I may have to purchase it sooner than later, but given the difficulty of the subject, methinks I'll eventually have to take a geology class.

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