Stanley – Geology

This is my temple. I have had to rebuild it a few times. What is the temple for? There are a few things about this site. These rocks are two and a half billion years old. The air we breathe here (if a southeaster) comes directly from the Antarctic, it’s the purest air you can breathe. Darwin walked past here in 1867 (150 years ago) Why did I set up the temple. Guess?

A place to reflect?
No no, it’s a tribute to the sun. I have been a sun worshipper all my life. I take photographs every night, conditions permitting. I send them out to my contact list.

These rocks were part of Pangea, Before Africa, there was another continent called Pangea. There was a little sea called the Adamastor. These are fossilized sediment (river deposits). Over years I tell whoever stops to talk to me. You are a latecomer. The rocks all lean to the left, except one little row that leans right (incline and syncline) I contacted the professor of Geology at UCT to discuss this with him. When Africa was formed these rocks were pushed up, and the bottom of table mountain is this rock. So the reason they are all leaning left is to do with erosion.

Why was Darwin interested? (He made a special trip out to see them)
He went to Queens beach (go read the plaque). Xenolith is when one type of rock is encapsulated in another rock. If you look at the rocks by the sea you will see the igneous rock in the greywacke. Darwin found it interesting that the migmatite (mixed rocks forming a heat warp, they have many forms depending on the heat) he could see events far separated from each other in time. At some point Pangea became Africa, they could see when the events took place through the rock formations. Geologists cut open the rock (greywacke) and found no vertebrate fossil remains in these rocks.

One more thing we didn’t get is the tide differential. Modern tide differential between high and low is about ten meters. Two and a half billion years ago they estimate that the tide differential between high and low was a few kilometres.




The rock behind me is 60 million years younger than the rock out by the sea (greywacke) These rocks are igneous(volcanic).





10 thoughts

  1. Charmaine Busch Author

    This post is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. stanley Author

    thank you Charmaine – I am amazed by what I see every day – love stan

  3. Tara Author

    How fabulous…. This made me feel so nostalgic for home.
    The Atlantic Seaboard was my home for many a year and I must have walked / run that promenade a thousand times at sunset.
    Sun salutations from a pretty grim London 🙂

  4. stanley Author

    Tara – I lived in London on and off for 23 years – this {Cape Town],is everything a big city is not – you have winter coming and we have summer coming – much love stan

  5. taddy Author

    I love learning how God is in all we do and see and feel and how we are all connected with Him and each other…

    • stanley becker Author

      taddy – God is alive and contained in everything we see, smell, touch, hear, and feel – being open to this is the most important aspect of our short lives – much love stan Xox

  6. Tim Stanley Author

    Hi Stanley, I’ve just seen this article again after a few years, i found it really interesting to read about the history of my old friends that I spent so much of my youth with, cheers Tim Stanley

  7. stanley brckrt Author

    hi Tim – glad you liked the comment/ article – you say I knew you – please tell me how you knew me – regards stan

  8. Trevor Cohen Author

    Hey Stan, long time no hear, Tim Stanley went to SPBH………

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