The rocks in this photo are a distinctive type of glacial erratic called omars. They were collected from glacial drift in Illinois. The term "omar" refers specifically to an erratic of massive, dark, hard sandstone that contains light-toned (generally buff-colored) soft concretions that commonly weather recessively to leave rounded out depressions in the rock. The source rock (Precambrian Belcher Group) for omars is exposed in the Belcher Islands of eastern Hudson Bay. The occurrence of omars in Illinois indicates a flow path from that area south across Ontario to the Lake Michigan basin. Photo by A.K. Hansel.
Updated 01/11/2011 SLD