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Callan Bentley's Snapshots

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  1. Scale

    Snapshot Title: Scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Kink banding in Eldon Formation carbonates, exposed on roche moutonee east of Athabasca Glacier
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    A "loony," the Canadian one-dollar coin.



  2. Subglacial channel

    Snapshot Title: Subglacial channel
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Dirty terminus of the Athabasca Glacier
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Water pouring out...



  3. Insulating blanket

    Snapshot Title: Insulating blanket
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Dirty terminus of the Athabasca Glacier
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    of till, atop the glacier.



  4. Clean ice

    Snapshot Title: Clean ice
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Dirty terminus of the Athabasca Glacier
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    A little glimpse of clean, bluish-tinged glacial ice.



  5. Moraine in progress

    Snapshot Title: Moraine in progress
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Dirty terminus of the Athabasca Glacier
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    As we photographed this, new material was added to the top of this growing pile...



  6. Shiny, wet ice

    Snapshot Title: Shiny, wet ice
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Dirty terminus of the Athabasca Glacier
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    mantled in till



  7. Digitate stromatolites

    Snapshot Title: Digitate stromatolites
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Little A Glacier and Boundary Glacier, near Icefield Centre, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Tiny, finger-width stromatolites in this dark limestone layer.



  8. Striae

    Snapshot Title: Striae
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Little A Glacier and Boundary Glacier, near Icefield Centre, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Glacial striations (scratches) on this boulder.



  9. Sense of scale

    Snapshot Title: Sense of scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Little A Glacier and Boundary Glacier, near Icefield Centre, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    (unfortunately, not in focus) - this is a normal sized mechanical pencil with 1-cm black bars on the side.



  10. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Till
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Each black bar on the side of this pencil is 1 cm in length.



  11. Siltstone/ shale contact

    Snapshot Title: Siltstone/ shale contact
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Bow River Falls, Banff
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Alternating energy of deposition.



  12. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Bow River Falls, Banff
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Each black bar is 1 cm long.



  13. Rounded cobble

    Snapshot Title: Rounded cobble
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Alluvial gravel, Bow River, Banff
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    This looks like an 'easter egg' - a very well rounded cobble.



  14. Scale

    Snapshot Title: Scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Alluvial gravel, Bow River, Banff
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    The black bars on the side of this pencil are each 1 cm long.



  15. A closer look

    Snapshot Title: A closer look
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Chancellor Group slate, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    For a more detailed look at this striking rock face, check out this close-up GigaPan: www.gigapan.com/gigapans/159478



  16. Bedding / cleavage relationships

    Snapshot Title: Bedding / cleavage relationships
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Chancellor Group slate, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    These beds have been both folded and cleaved.



  17. Acid test

    Snapshot Title: Acid test
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Chancellor Group slate, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    This rock will fizz if you drop HCl on it. Also note that the liquid in the bottle acts as a horizontal level.



  18. Sense of scale

    Snapshot Title: Sense of scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Chancellor Group slate, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    The black bars on the side of this pencil are each 1 cm long.



  19. Structure, par excellence

    Snapshot Title: Structure, par excellence
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Chancellor Group slate, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Awesome look at the different structures that form in layers of variable composition. The upper stiff layer exhibits extensional fractures, while the lower more cleaved layer shows cleavage concentrat...



  20. Sense of scale

    Snapshot Title: Sense of scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Chancellor Group slate, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    This pencil serves as a sense of scale. The black bars on its side are each 1 cm long.



  21. Rip-up clasts

    Snapshot Title: Rip-up clasts
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with scour incision and mudchip rip-up clast-rich strata, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Mudchips speak of an earlier episode of low-energy deposition, followed by a violent erosive episode.



  22. Cross-bedding

    Snapshot Title: Cross-bedding
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with scour incision and mudchip rip-up clast-rich strata, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Which way was the current flowing?



  23. Scour channel incision

    Snapshot Title: Scour channel incision
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with scour incision and mudchip rip-up clast-rich strata, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Nice curved concave-up contact between coarse overlying bed and finer underlying bed.



  24. Scour channel base

    Snapshot Title: Scour channel base
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with scour incision and mudchip rip-up clast-rich strata, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Trace this contact out to the left (overlying coarse bed gets thicker) and the right (overlying bed gets thinner).



  25. Acid test

    Snapshot Title: Acid test
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with scour incision and mudchip rip-up clast-rich strata, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    There is no reaction to HCl when applied to either fresh or powdered rock.



  26. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with scour incision and mudchip rip-up clast-rich strata, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    This pencil serves as a sense of scale. The black bars along its side are each 1 cm long.



  27. A closer look

    Snapshot Title: A closer look
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette Group slate, Trans-Canada Highway and Icefields Parkway junction, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    See this elliptical thing? What is it? Check it out in more detail with this close-up GigaPan:
    www.gigapan.com/gigapans/159378



  28. A closer look

    Snapshot Title: A closer look
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette Group slate, Trans-Canada Highway and Icefields Parkway junction, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Examine this area in more detail with this GigaPan: www.gigapan.com/gigapans/159469



  29. Shiny luster

    Snapshot Title: Shiny luster
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Ripple marks and phyllitic sheen in Miette Group slate, Icefields Parkway and Trans-Canada Highway, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Low grade metamorphism has imparted a phyllitic sheen to these rocks.



  30. Ripple marks

    Snapshot Title: Ripple marks
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Ripple marks and phyllitic sheen in Miette Group slate, Icefields Parkway and Trans-Canada Highway, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Signatures of currents in the Neoproterozoic sea.



  31. Sense of scale

    Snapshot Title: Sense of scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Outsized clast (dropstone?) in Miette Group gritstone, southern Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    This pencil serves as a sense of scale. The black bars along its edge are each 1 cm long.



  32. A closer look

    Snapshot Title: A closer look
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with outsized clast, southern Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    A zoomed-in GigaPan was made of this clast: www.gigapan.com/gigapans/159468



  33. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette gritstone with outsized clast, southern Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    This pencil serves as a sense of scale. The black bars along its side are each 1 cm long.



  34. Anticline
  35. GigaPanner rig

    Snapshot Title: GigaPanner rig
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Miette Group slate, Trans-Canada Highway and Icefields Parkway junction, Banff National Park
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    The mobile GigaPanning vehicle is on the scene.



  36. Acid test

    Snapshot Title: Acid test
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Helen Lake stromatolites, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    The rock fizzes with HCl only when powdered.



  37. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Helen Lake stromatolites, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    Each black bar is 1 cm long.



  38. Acid test

    Snapshot Title: Acid test
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Helen Lake stromatolites, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    The rock fizzes with HCl only when powdered.



  39. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Helen Lake stromatolites, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    1-cm marks on the side.



  40. Pencil for scale

    Snapshot Title: Pencil for scale
    Taken by: Callan Bentley

    Image: Helen Lake stromatolites, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Image Owner: Callan Bentley



    Description:

    1 cm markings on the side.



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