A Geologist’s dream: Khao Sok Natural History

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by bodhi

             … reflections from Dakota, a geologist in training: Khao Sok Natural History

Travelling to Thailand for the first time, following friendly connections, we reached Our Jungle House in January 2012. I am writing from Khao Sok national park at Our Jungle House. Bodhi, the manager here, is a pretty solid dude with exceptional skills in free styling to some ukulele jams.

As a college student currently learning Geology and Geological Engineering, my studies in college have proven to be incredibly useful here observing Khao Sok natural history.

Typing the name of the park into Google images will yield stunning photos of the huge, high standing monoliths that have intrigued us so much since we’ve been here.

Originally the area around Khao Sok National Park was a shallow sea and the current monoliths formed from sea shells and other organisms with a calcium carbonate shell (Limestone). We have found loads of collectable samples but alas leave them here and take only our photos with us. I’ve seen wonderful examples of karst topography, found some perfect limestone and calcite samples with well formed crystals, and found some of the more rare granite samples. The granite is rare because after the limestone was well-formed there were several igneous intrusions into the overlying limestone. Since these intrusions had a high silica content, the intrusions formed granite and quartzite. However, the majority of the rocks here are carbonates and erode faster. That’s the reason the Khao Sok Park landscape is full of caves, ground water, and disappearing streams. Being a geologist in training and visiting this place has been incredible. It’s every geologist’s dream! If you understand the way rocks form and the way the topography is created, it’s like being able to read a history book of the natural world.

For a more extensive account of Khao Sok natural history, look here.

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