Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hanging Valkitteh (Angular Uncomformkitty #2)

Please finish consuming all comestibles before viewing this kitteh. Geokittehs is not responsible for damage to property.

Safely swallowed? Then we'll proceed.

This kitteh is illustrating two geology concepts in one. We have an obvious angular uncomformkitty, but we also have a fine example of a hanging valkitteh:

Hanging Valkitteh / Angular Unconformkitty. Mimi does an admirable job doing both jobs while sleeping on the job... Image courtesy RQ.
A hanging valley is left when a tributary glacier fails to erode as fast as the main valley glacier, leaving it hanging high above the main valley floor - like this kitteh has been left hanging high above the floor.

Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park flowing from a hanging valley. Image and caption courtesy Wikipedia.
Mimi has done an excellent job illustrating both the concept of an angular unconformity and a hanging valley, all while getting his beauty rest. ETEV regular and kitteh caretaker RQ says of her kitteh, "This is how he greets the New Year (well, did so that one time). Usually he's a bit more collected on the radiator, but this time - I don't know, weird fault lines or some other tectonic misalignment, and... He seemed quite comfy, though."

He surely did! Thanks for the excellent geokitteh, my dear RQ!

We'll be seeing Mimi again in the future. He is a virtuoso science illustrator.

1 comment:

  1. Cheers! Great photos and write up here, thanks. :-)