Peru, South America, Geology, Andes, Peruvian Andes, Map, Mapping, Travel, Adventure, Camping, Science, Geography, Blog, Rocks, Exploration, Mineral Exploration, Geologist, Photography, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth, Earth Science, Geoscience, Hiking, Scientific Communication, Education, Landscape, Mountains, Lakes, Altitude

Working up high! The Peruvian Andes

Intro: The high Andes in central Peru is home to unbelievably high hills, ridiculous roads, remarkable little communities and funny furry animals. It is also home to beautiful geology and prospective ground for mineral exploration. I recently traversed the roads and hills in this energetic country, and learnt that things are a lot harder to
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Canada, British Columbia, BC, Geology, Northern BC, Map, Mapping, Travel, Adventure, Camping, Science, Geography, Blog, Rocks, Exploration, Mineral Exploration, Geologist, Photography, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth, Earth Science, Geoscience, Hiking, Scientific Communication, Education, Landscape, Mountains, Lakes

Exploration in Northern BC, Canada

The North. Well, not THAT north, just northern BC, but still, a place that is rugged, wild and stunning. Sharp mountain peaks silhouette the horizon with sides so steep that only mountain goats can climb, and maybe the occasional craz… er, “brave” geologist. Recently I found myself returning to my home country and province of
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Australia, Geology, Northern Territory, Map, Travel, Adventure, Camping, Science, Geography, Blog, Rocks, Outback, Photography, 3-D photography, National Park, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth, Earth Science, Geoscience, Hiking, Bushwalking, Scientific Communication, Trip, Education, Landscape, the gap, Alice Springs, drones, UAV, drone, 3D, red centre, outback, Uluru, Ayer's rock, Kata Tjuṯa, the Olgas, panorama

Capturing Australia’s Outback in 3-D: Part 2

Intro: Arguably the most famous landscape of Australia, I got to venture into the heart of the outback “red centre” as part of a geology-photography project (AusGeol). Our journey captures multiple meteor impact craters (!!), the famous Uluru (aka Ayer’s rock), Kata Tjuṯa (aka the Olgas), King’s Canyon and more! This post is Part 2
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Australia, Geology, Northern Territory, Map, Travel, Adventure, Camping, Science, Geography, Blog, Rocks, Outback, Photography, 3-D photography, National Park, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth, Earth Science, Geoscience, Hiking, Bushwalking, Scientific Communication, Trip, Education, Landscape, camp

Capturing Australia’s Outback in 3-D: Part 1

Intro: I recently got to take part in a neat project, called AusGeol, which provides a repository of digital geological teaching and learning resources that documents the diverse geology of Australia. A colleague and I were assigned the task of visiting the Northern Territory (N.T.) to document (through photography) some interesting and important geological sites. In
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Tasmania, Australia, Travel, Geology, Geomorphology, Adventure, Blog, Rocks, Lake Rhona, southwest Tasmania, Wilderness, conglomerate, quartz sand, beach, lake, glacial lake, glacier, National Park, photography, explore, outdoors, nature, science, geoscience, hiking, bushwalking, scientific communication, Reeds Peak, Bonds Craig, Abels

A hidden lake in the mountains of Tasmania

Intro: Hidden away in the southwest of Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places, Lake Rhona. This is a little lake (~ 300 m2) in the mountains surrounded by some neat rocks, in a pretty interesting geological area. It takes a bit of a bushwalking (i.e., hiking) effort to get to, but is well
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Tasmania, Australia, Travel, Geology, Geomorphology, Adventure, Blog, Rocks, Flinders Island, Diamonds, Killiecrankie Diamonds, Granite, Minerals, Fossicking, Panning, Prospecting, National Park, photography, explore, outdoors, nature, science, geoscience, ocean, hiking, bushwalking, scientific communication, mount Strzelecki

Scientific communication and “diamonds” on Flinders Island, Tasmania

Intro: Science is pretty cool, and so is being a scientist. This is what I (and most other scientists) think at least. However, the further you continue your studies in science, the more specialized you get… and the more specialized you get, the harder it becomes to explain all the neat and cool science to
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Iceland, Geology, Travel, Volcanoes, Volcano, Lava, Plate Tectonics, Geologist, Landscape, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth Science, Science, Geoscience, Photography, Adventure, Field Trip, Guide, Formation, Map, Location, North American Plate, Eurasian Plate, Rift, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, geotourism, ice, fire, Bárðarbunga, Holuhraun, Nornahraun, 2015 eruption, Iceland volcano

How to explore Iceland through the eyes of a geologist: Part 3 – Glaciers and volcanoes of the centre and south

Intro: The last part of my Iceland geology blog series ventures from the centre to the south of the island. These areas contain the youngest rocks in Iceland (i.e., Nornahraun 2014/15 lava field), glacier-covered volcanoes (i.e., Vatnajökull), geothermal altered mountains (i.e., Landmannaluagar) and the scar of one of the most violent eruptions ever (i.e., Laki)! This
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Iceland, Geology, Travel, Volcanoes, Volcano, Lava, Plate Tectonics, Geologist, Landscape, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth Science, Science, Geoscience, Photography, Adventure, Field Trip, Guide, Formation, Map, Location, North American Plate, Eurasian Plate, Rift, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, geotourism, ice, fire, myvatn, krafla fire, krafla, lava, columns, waterfall, foss, Herðubreið

How to explore Iceland through the eyes of a geologist: Part 2 – Volcanic Landscapes of the North

Intro: The north of Iceland offers a young and dramatic volcanic landscape that is truly “out of this world” (you will see what I mean later). Heading northeast toward Akureyri, you enter what is known as the North Volcanic Zone (NVZ). The NVZ is a subset of the roughly north-striking rift that is pulling apart
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Iceland, Geology, Travel, Volcanoes, Volcano, Lava, Plate Tectonics, Geologist, Landscape, Explore, Outdoors, Nature, Earth Science, Science, Geoscience, Photography, Adventure, Field Trip, Guide, Formation, Map, Location, North American Plate, Eurasian Plate, Rift, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Fire, Ice, Lava

How to explore Iceland through the eyes of a geologist: Part 1 – A Land of Ice and Fire

Intro: Iceland is a land of ice and fire. Not only is it one of the most breathtaking places in the world to visit, but it is also one of the most unique geological sites to study. I recently co-organized and participated in a field trip to Iceland and Sweden as part of our university’s Society of Economic Geologist Student
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Tasmania, Australia, Travel, Geology, Fossil, Forest, Fossilized wood, petrified wood, petrified, silica, quartz, agate, fossicking, mineral collecting, find, how to, adventure, blog, rocks, minerals, Lune River, photography, explore, outdoors, nature, science, geoscience

A fossilized (petrified) forest in the ground

Intro: There is a place in Tasmania where stunning fossil remains of an ancient forest can be found by just about anyone. This is Lune River, located near the south tip of the island (~ 2 hours drive south of Hobart). Fossilized tree branches, ferns and beautiful agates are buried within the soft gravel ground,
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