The Domes of Fabedougou in Burkina Faso

Fabedougou’s Domes in Burkina Faso! These intricate rocks may be found in Bangor, in southern Burkina Faso, in the community of Fabedougou. They resemble the sand towers of Australia’s Bungle Bungle chain. Fabedougou’s domes, on the other hand, have a completely different genesis.

The sandstones of the Fabedugu domes were produced over 2 billion years ago during the Middle Proterozoic epoch, whereas the Bungle Bungle chain is barely half a million years old. Normally, the intense heat and pressure caused by the dynamic nature of the Earth’s crust would have altered two billion-year-old granite. But not the Fabedougou Domes.

Sand domes of Fabedougou
Sand domes of Fabedougou

Despite their age, the sandstones are substantially unaltered and seem to be rather new. They’re so beautifully maintained that some of them have ripples and dunes left behind from ancient water and wind currents.

These domes are essentially old sand dunes, according to specialists. In a separate gallery, you may discover even more geological marvels captured in images.

Domes of Fabedougou
Domes of Fabedougou

This whole region was formerly covered by a vast ocean, which swept up free-flowing silt. The sediments were accumulated and compacted throughout time, resulting in sedimentary rocks of various thicknesses.

These rocks were weathered and faulted into domes and upward-pointing pillars of rock by the process of weathering and faulting. The layered look of the rocks is due to differential weathering, with each layer eroding at a different pace depending on its composition.

The Domes of Fabedougou in Burkina Faso
The Domes of Fabedougou in Burkina Faso

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