Devil’s Woodyard 2nd December 2007

Diagram showing the location of the 35 active mud vents and faults

Panoramic view of the tassik showing cones, note the presence of large pieces of wood that have been pushed into the vents by visitors

Heavily disturbed central area

View of fractures looking east. The cracks are open, the earth to the left has moved downwards to the north as much as a foot. To the right there is some movement down to the south, but only of a few inches. A prominent scarp is visible to the right of the person which in places is 2ft high and down to the south. The distribution of the ‘cracks’  appear to radiate from a central point with the most significant and continuous being the WNW – ESE trending one. This central area is very disturbed with cracks trending in all directions, but with movement mostly down to the south. They are not of recent origin as rainfall has rounded the earth. Away from the central area is a zone of more recent movement. ‘Cracks on the left of the photo have small (<6”) displacements to the south, while the ‘cracks’ on the right have much larger (2’) displacements to the north. These cracks form a broad depression trending SE – NW.

south west trending fault with down to the south motion

south south west trending fault with down to the north motion

west to east trending fault

west to east trending fracture

largest cone

examples of active mud vents