Liesegang Rings in the Akamas

Published 31st of December, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close we decided to take a final trip to the Akamas. We have been trying to locate some interesting fossils we saw a few years ago, and the last couple of times we had tried we had ended up somewhere else. We found the right route this time though.

An Interesting Rock

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There are many routes to get to civilisation from the Akamas. One route, to the right of Avakas Gorge, will eventually take you here. At first glance that rock in front of you just looks like any other rock.

Strange Swirls

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As you pass it though, you will see strange swirls in the rock.

More Swirls

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Are these fossilized tree trunks? I have no idea, but they look like that to me.

Update: it turns out the are not fossils. They are in fact a phenomenon known as Liesegang rings. Somebody kindly identified them for us in the discussions. To view them click the button at the bottom of the page.

A close Up

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Zooming in a bit, there are definite patterns visible.

Even Closer

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What are they? Fossilized trees, or something else entirely?

Update: something else entirely, they are Liesegang rings.

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