24 June 2012

Second Course

Merluza, or Hake as we know it in English.

First Course

No one is going hungry tonight!

San Vicente

Tonight and tomorrow we are staying by the sea in San Vicente. Great
view from the rooms in the Residencia Miramar! In the distance note the
Picos de Europa, where we will be spending the day tomorrow.

Gypsum Windows

Note the gypsum windows in the church. Great to see an example of
this, as we discussed the importance of the Keuper gypsum for this to
the Romans, and the subsequent collapse of that mining industry when
glass became widely available.

Santillana del Mar

A cultural stop to finish off the day in Santillana del Mar. A
picturesque little medieval town.


Nothing like a cold Coke for a break from a hot day on the beach.

Fractures in Pillows

Notice the radial fractures in the massive pillow basalt.

Red Algea

A brief interlude to the modern to see a live version of the biota in
some of the rocks we've been studying.

Pillow Basalts

Pillow basalts in eruptive flows associated with the rifting and
break-up of Pangea in the Cretaceous.

Turbidite Sequence

How complete is the Turbidite sequence here? Which way is up?

Above the K/T

K/T Boundary

In this cliff is a reddish layer of clay at the K/T boundary.


After a long drive we arrived in Zumaia to a beautiful sunny day.
Unfortunately the sunshine and weekend has brought everyone else to
the coast too, so we double parked and left Maribel behind with all
the keys. Sadly, though she's from Spain, she hasn't seen this outcrop
before, so we'll post this nice picture here for her to see while she
waits for us to return. These turbidite deposits contain aCretaveous-Tertiary boundary section

Day 6

This morning we said goodbye to our Spanish colleagues, Otto and
Davinia, who helped us understand the Cameros Basin. Now we are headed
north to the coast. Unfortunately we were not allowed to enter the
road Roy blocking our route, so we are off on a detour.