Are you a geologist? Maybe you can help me out. I tried to find an explanation of what happened at Cow Head, Newfoundland, that uses regular understandable english words and not scientific garbeldy-gook. That fact that it is “an allochthonous Cambro-Ordovician sequence of deep-water limestone conglomerates” isn’t really helpful for me. Or how about this: “Successively higher black shales contain graptolites of the Levis Shale zones, and interbedded conglomerates yield successively younger Ordovician trilobites.” Oh, now I get it!
The best thing I found was this one paragraph in the national park pamphlet that seems a little on the vague side, but at least I understand the words: “Thick beds of limestone conglomerate worn by waves into rugged shelves and cliffs record the catastrophic collapse of a tropical reef.” Well, all I know is that it is a pretty cool lookin’ beach! And it’s named Cow Head because from above it is shaped like a cow head. That seems a little too straight forward.
I made this image using a polarizing filter to reduce the glare on the water and blended three exposures in post-processing to bring out the detail in the highlights and shadows.
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In case you really are a geologist, here is a closer view of the shelves.