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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Tasmania, Australia, Travel, Geology, Geomorphology, Adventure, Blog, Rocks, Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet, National Park, photography, explore, outdoors, nature, science, geoscience, ocean, shore, granites, wineglass bay, Mt. Amos, Hazards, Freycinet Peninsula Circuit, hiking, bushwalking

Red mountains and crescent bays of Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania

Intro: Freycinet Peninsula is arguably the most popular tourist destination in Tasmania. Just look on any pamphlet for the island state and you will more than likely find a photo of the stunning (and appropriately named), Wineglass Bay. What makes Freycinet so beautiful can be traced back to the geology and geomorphology of the area. I
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Tasmania, Australia, Travel, Geology, Adventure, Blog, Rocks, Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet, National Park, UAV, UAVs, drones, photography, high-resolution, geological mapping, mapping, field trip, field school, explore, outdoors, nature, science, geoscience, ocean, shore, granites, students, undergraduates

Mapping with drones

Intro: An exciting part of being a PhD student is being surrounded by new ideas and technology that pushes forward your field of study. On an undergraduate geology field trip to Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, I was part of a team in conjunction with our new TMVC hub (i.e. ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub, Transforming
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Tasmania, Australia, Travel, Geology, Adventure, Blog, Rocks, Tessellated Pavement, Joints, How did it form, formation, what is, explore, outdoors, Tasman Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck, Photography, Tassie, nature, science, geoscience, cool rock formations, salt water, ocean, sea, shore, coast

What is the Tessellated Pavement

Intro: Sometimes it is hard to believe certain rock formations are natural… and this is definitely the case with a place in Tasmania called the Tessellated Pavement. It is named this due to the tessellated (i.e. tiled-like) appearance of the rocks along the water. This little tourist spot is near Eaglehawk Neck, on the way
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Tasmania, Australia, West Coast, Travel, Geology, Adventure, Blog, Crocoite, Mineral, collector, collections, rare minerals, Tasmanian Minerals, Minerals, chrome, lead, vugs, cavities, mine, westcoast, Dundas, Zeehan, hydrothermal, rocks, explore, outdoors, Western Tassie, Tassie, nature, science, geoscience, mineralogy, how to find minerals, gems, gemstones, fossicking, mineral deposits, Adelaide mine

Rare minerals of Tasmania and where to find them

Intro: There are some people, known as mineral collectors, that hunt for the most unique and beautiful mineral specimens in the world… and Tasmania has two of these world renowned and highly sought-after minerals in our own backyard; crocoite and stichtite. Minerals are naturally occurring substances that make up rocks. Geologists (specifically mineralogists) study and
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Tasmania, Australia, West Coast, Travel, Geology, Adventure, Blog, Granite, UST, Orbicules, unidirectional solidification textures, tourmaline, quartz, aplite, feldspar, cavities, slushy texture, magmatic, hydrothermal, textures, rocks, explore, outdoors, Trial Harbour, Granville Harbour, Zeehan, Western Tassie, Tassie, nature, science

A geological oddity; orbicular granites of Tasmania

Intro: Tasmania sure does pack-a-punch when it comes to geological oddities. One of the strangest I would argue is the bizarre spotted granites on the west coast. Clustered within certain areas of the granite are orbs containing tourmaline, quartz and other minerals. The sight of them is spectacular, and their formation is still enigmatic! We
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Peru, South America, Machu, Picchu, geology, travel, blog, adventure, hiking, exploring, earth, science, rocks, nature, geomorphology, Inca, Andes, mountains, culture, civilization, lost city, city ruins, places to visit, fault, earthquake, granite, Inca trail, what to do, visit, Huayna Picchu, Cerro Machu Picchu, photography

The rocks of Machu Picchu and other Inca sites to see in Peru

Intro: When in Peru, do what the tourists do, right? Well, most tourists aren’t on the tail end of a several week intensive geology short course on ore deposits and mines of Chile and Peru I guess… but I still had to do it. Machu Picchu is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the
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