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Eternal Flame by yayiranamile
White seepage at Eternal Flame Creek bed. by yayiranamile
White seepage at Eternal Flame Creek bed. by yayiranamile

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmyhHEK6


So I visited a natural gas (ethane, propane, and methane mostly) seep from Rhinestreet Shale approximately 1,300 ft deep which has been lit and due to it's sheltered location stays lit for long periods of time. The whole ravine has areas of strong hydrogen sulfide odors in different places along the creek bed and ravine walls, as well as some white 'stuff' in creek bed. The white 'stuff' is what I'm hoping someone can ID, without getting Kenneth Starr involved. I suspect it's some kind of petroleum or maybe bacteria feeding on some petroleum? It felt slightly slimy and did not wipe off the shale easily even under the fast flowing water. It was present in more than just that one location as well, but that was the largest I saw and the most easily photographed. I tried to google but I kept coming up with bitumen or venereal disease.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Flame_Falls


More googlin suggests it may be Thiothrix bacteria?
 

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I have no idea, but that's some great photography. That first picture is especially nice.

Great example of seeing gradation from shale to silt to sandstone and then transition back to shale (picture 1). That's ancient oceanic environment type schist. :thumbup:

A little research tells me the exposures are from glacial advancements from the Pleistocene. Very gneiss!
 
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