Camel Rock Ordovician Turbidite
Camel Rock is around 450 million years old!
It all began in an undersea avalanche which roared down the continental shelf, then it has been variously baked, squeezed, buried, exhumed and eroded to become to familiar sight that is Camel Rock. Undulations in the fine layers at the top of each bed record the ripples as the flow comes to rest. Often many turbidite beds are stacked one on another, products of many undersea avalanches.
These rocks are often highly deformed, often partially melted, reflecting their history of deep burial and deformation.