Mihai's Paleobotany Chronicles


For ten days, during the second half of July 2005, Professor Marin Seclaman (metamorphic and magmatic petrology), from University of Bucharest, delighted us during a wonderful field trip in the South Carpathians. I was honored to join the team of faculty members, including Associate Professor Cristina Panaiotu (sedimentology, paleomagnetics), and University Lecturer Cristian Panaiotu (paleomagnetics). This time we were in the field with undergraduates in Geology, and indeed we had a wonderful trip.

More details, photos and maps at the field course website at the Mineralogy Department, University of Bucharest.

Professor Marin Secleman and our students at Selski Ogas, discussing a basaltic dyke crossing Permian red beds at Selski Ogas, Sirinia Basin, Danubian Units, Iron Gates Natural Park.


Next to Virful lui Stan (Stan's Peak), in Mehedinti, on Danubian limestones. Dr. Cristian Panaiotu and Professor Marin Seclaman among our students. Mehedinti Geopark.


In the quest for the perfect picture. Dr. Cristina Panaiotu in Cheile Nerei (Nera's Gorges), Cheile Nerei-Beusnita Natural Park.


Locals in Cheile Nerei, within Cheile Nerei-Beusnita Natural Park.


Lacul Dracului (the Devil's Lake), a cold, dark place, but a hot spot for cave divers. Resita Basin, Getic Unit. Cheile Nerei-Beusnita Natural Park.


The Danube's Large Cauldrons (forefront), the Danube's Little Cauldrons (background), and the gulf of Dubova in between. Cerna Basin, Danubian Units. To the right is the Serbian bank of the Danube. Iron Gates Natural Park.


Cioaca Borii, a Lower Jurassic alluvial formation unconformably overlaying the Permian red beds, in Sirinia Bain, Danubian Units. Great spot for the black pines (Pinus nigra var. banatica). Iron Gates Natural Park.


Virful lui Stan (Stan's Peak), in the Danubian Units, Mehedinti Geopark.


Lower Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian) continental beds from Valea Mare, with fossil plants, in the Presacina Basin, Danubian Units. In the background, the Pliensbachian-Toarcian bituminous shales with belemnites.


A local in Marasesti, Mehedinti Geopark, harvesting bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) for using it during winter in his animal's shelter. It was the first time I found an economical use in Romania for the bracken.