“Needs an image illustrating oreogeny,” Chris Clarke says. Not happy with a geology prof’s work, are we? Well, then. Never let it be said I ignore reader requests – and I even fulfill them when I’ve got a bag of Oreos in the cupboard and the request comes in during an afternoon where I have some blogging time free. Voilá!

Oreogenic Belt.

Oreogenic Belt.

Stay tuned – I shot a whole series of photos illustrating oreogeny, and I’ll be writing them up on Rosetta Stones. We’ve gotten a tad too serious over there lately – time to inject a bit of sugary goodness.

Thanks for the inspiration, Chris! And thanks to Bob Lillie for the original idea – genius.


  1. rq says

    Hmm… I have some ideas for this. Alas, Oreos are not available in this country, and my next shipment of Oreos relatives arrives in a month. Boo.

  2. chezjake says

    I can see that Geokittehs will soon have a complementary Geocookies site. Just think of the possibilities – baking drop cookies illustrating sea floor spreading, chocolate chips and raisins demonstrating inclusions and conglomerates, etc. We need more edible education.

  3. bad Jim says

    Careful. This could get out of hand. It’s a short step from oreogenous zones to confusing subduction with seduction and tossing virgins into volcanoes (note, though, that slippery slopes are predominantly impediments to ascents).