When I showed images of the dyke to a few geologists, they assessed that the dyke was formed around 250 to 280 crore years ago,
Jangaon: A two km dyke was discovered behind the Trikuta temple at Veldanda village of Narmetta mandal, 20 km away from here, recently by archaeology and history enthusiast Reddy Rathnakar Reddy.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Rathnakar Reddy said he stumbled upon the dyke (dike) between a huge rock at Veldanda village during an exploration. “When I showed images of the dyke to a few geologists, they assessed that the dyke was formed around 250 to 280 crore years ago,” Rathnakar Reddy said, adding that this dyke was formed during the Archean Eon.
“A dyke is a sheet of rock that is formed in a fracture in a pre-existing rock body, and it can be either magmatic or sedimentary in origin. Magmatic dykes form when magma intrudes into a crack, then crystallizes as a sheet intrusion, either cutting across layers of rock or through an unlayered mass of rock. The width of this dyke is about one foot,” he said.
Stating that the dyke looks like a black ribbon with the colours of the dyke and the rock totally different,” he said this dyke was made up of ingenous rock. “Shilpis during the Kakatiya period cut the dyke and carved beautiful sculptures to build the temples. Rathnakar Reddy said the dyke should be protected as it would be of great help to geology students for research. “We need to avoid any kind of quarrying at this hill to protect this dyke formation.” he added..
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