Register | Login


These weathered rocks in the village of Fabedougou, near Banfora, in south-western Burkina Faso resemble the sandstone towers of Bungle Bungle Range in Australia. But the Domes of Fabedougou have an entirely different origin.

While the Bungle Bungle Range is barely half a million years old, the sandstones comprising the Domes of Fabedougou are nearly 2 billion years old or Middle Proterozoic. Usually, a 2 billion year old rock would have been metamorphosed by the extreme heat and pressure generated by the dynamic nature of the Earth’s crust. But not the Domes of Fabedougou. Despite being that old, the sandstones have been barely metamorphosed and are surprisingly young looking. They are so well-preserved that some of these rocks even have ripples and dunes created by ancient water and wind flow. As the Earth Story notes, these Domes are actually ancient sand dunes.

fabedougou-domes-5

Domes of Fabedougou. Photo credit: Sviluppo/Shutterstock

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2018.


Loading...

Shraddha Das at Launch Of Chopard LHeure Du Diamant Watch
Shraddha Das at Launch Of Chopard LHeure Du Diamant Watch
Sonam Kapoor at Celebration Of Benetton India
Sonam Kapoor at Celebration Of Benetton India
Whale Graveyards
Whale Graveyards
The Delicate Art of Cobweb Paintings
The Delicate Art of Cobweb Paintings
Disha Patani at Trailer Launch Of Film Baaghi 2
Disha Patani at Trailer Launch Of Film Baaghi 2
Kiara Advani at Femina Beauty Awards 2018
Kiara Advani at Femina Beauty Awards 2018
Disha Patani at Femina Beauty Awards 2018
Disha Patani at Femina Beauty Awards 2018
Amy Jackson  71st British Academy Film Awards in London
Amy Jackson 71st British Academy Film Awards in London