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Witwatersrand and the River of Gold by JP-Talma Witwatersrand and the River of Gold by JP-Talma
Fractal thingy 606

Witwatersrand is a sedimentary rock set in South Africa that it quite special. It is a set of ancient rivers that eroded the nearby mountains. These mountains were full of gold and uranium. Normal sedimentary rocks don't often hold urainium though because urainium in the presence of oxygen becomes a water soluble form, so it doesn't get preserved. But because these rocks formed in the Archean (more than 2.5 billion years ago) when there was not much oxygen around.

Either way, the combination of a great sedimentary basin, during a time when it was possible to form and be preserved for billions of years has made it a world class gold and urainium mine producing 40% of the gold ever mined.

The shape of this fractal reminded me of a river delta with all it's branching arms. So another splits eliptical fractal, but I fell I am closer to learning how they work.
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Dragantia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Stunning! and very interesting to learn about the Witwatersrand too, I'm from South Africa and I didnt know that :)
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JP-Talma Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
South Africa always seemed to be the place of interest for my third year mining class. Full of chromium, gold, platinum and diamonds (who could forget that!). A very special region geologically :D

And I'm glad you like the fractal :)
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Dragantia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
lol, its my pleasure, its a very pretty fractal. And Im glad SA has such a mining fan club :D
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MortemXIII Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great details coupled with excellent colour choice.
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JP-Talma Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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GraphicLia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Excellent! Love the geology lesson too. "Earth Science" did not get nearly enough coverage in public school - it's fascinating. :)
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JP-Talma Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know! In grade 9 and 10 science we had a chapter for earth sciences (one on weather and another on space) and both times they cancel,Ed it because the fogured that biology, physics and chemistry were more important. So all I got was geography, which really is not the same :(

Its a shame since these are such interesting aspects of science. That's what university is for I guess..l.
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GraphicLia Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Have you checked out Coursera, a free online university cooperative? [link]

I stumbled across it last week, so ofc 2 of the courses I am excited about are already in session but more are going to be starting next month. :D
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JP-Talma Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I could find the time for that :p Some of them look like they could be fun.... But when I consider that my work week means waking up at 5am and getting home at 6pm Monday to Friday.... And working on some Saturdays too... I don't think I have 8-10hours a week to do course work too, lol.

I think I'll hold off on doing more course work until I'm ready to do my masters :D
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Dawgit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Awesome work
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