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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Peru, South America, geology, travel, blog, adventure, hiking, exploring, earth, science, rocks, nature, geomorphology, gold, copper, gold mine, porphyry, epithermal, low sulfidation, high sulfidation, sulphidation, deposit, large, ore, metals, Northern Peru, Andes, Cajamarca, mountains, cu porphyry, copper belts, epithermal belts, Tantahuatay, Yanacocha, La Zanja, enargite, alunite, covellite, clay, gusano, pyrophyllite, chalcopyrite, bornite, electrum, tourmaline, quartz, minas, mines

Hidden gold mines and stone forests of Northern Peru

Intro: While Chile may be well-endowed in giant copper mines, Peru has a more golden-flavour to its country-side. After my travels in Chile we flew to the northern Peruvian region of Cajamarca. The main town is also called Cajamarca (which is the place where they killed the last Inca). From here it was off to the
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Chile, South America, geology, travel, blog, adventure, hiking, exploring, earth, science, rocks, nature, geomorphology, volcanoes, volcano, copper, gold, porphyry, deposit, large, ore, metals, Atacama desert, Northern Chile, Andes, mountains, San Pedro

The Andes, copper mines and volcanoes of Chile!

Intro: Chile is one of the best countries in the world for geology and metal deposits. It’s elongated western margin is bounded by an earthquake-inducing, mountain-building and ore deposit-forming subduction zone! I recently took part in a field course run by our university that explored the northern-region of the country where the Atacama desert and some
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Tasmania, Australia, geology, travel, blog, adventure, hiking, exploring, earth, science, rocks, nature, geomorphology, glacier, glacial morphology, glaciations, dolerite, Mt. Anne, Mt. Eliza, Abels, The Abels, mountains, high, moraine, cirque, cliff, lake pedder, lake judd, bushwalking, hiking, diabase, selfie, timk, moraine, Smiths, Tarn Valley, Schnells Ridge, Federation Peak

The Abel mountains of Tasmania

Intro: There is something special about mountains when you are a geologist (i.e. a person who spends a good chunk of the time thinking about rocks). Their prominent peaks seem to allure and beg to be reached. Growing up in Canada I’m used to being surrounded by gorgeous glacier-caped mountain. Sadly, these are missing in Australia. However,
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Victoria, Australia, Melbourne, Volcano, volcanoes, geology, volcanic deposits, travel, blog, adventure, exploring, earth, exploring the earth, rocks, nature, geomorphology, maars, tuff, scoria, lapilli, ash, volcaniclastic, effusive, explosive, basalt, mafic, intra-plate volcanism, hazards, monogenetic, great ocean road, map, lava, diatreme, breccia, hydrothermall, magmatic, ore deposits, gold, copper, magmatic-hydrothermal, Tower Hill, maar rim, crater

Active volcanoes in Victoria, Australia!?

Intro: Unsuspectingly lurking next to the massive metropolis of Melbourne, Australia, is a region of young and active volcanoes! This volcanic province covers an area >23,000 km in the southern state of Victoria. The volcanoes here are dormant, but still active, with the last eruption ~5000 years ago at Mt. Gambier. The landscape is flat
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Maria Island, Maria, Tasmania, Australia, geology, travel, blog, adventure, hiking, exploring, earth, science, rocks, nature, geomorphology, painted cliffs, sandstone leisegang, iron-oxide, bands, rings

Famous rocks of Maria Island, Tasmania; From Painted to Fossil Cliffs

Intro: An island off an island off an island; welcome to Maria! I recently jumped aboard the opportunity to go on a weekend field excursion run by Geological Association of Australia (GSA) and the university to this wonderful little island off the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. The whole island is a protected national park,
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Squamish, British Columbia, B.C., Canada, Chief, Stawamus, geology, granite, granodiorite, rock, batholith, monolith, giant rock, Sea to Sky, Sea to sky highway, geomorphology, glacier, ice age, volcano, magma, blog, adventure, travel, hiking, climbing, rock climbing, gondola, view, new gondola, bouldering, earth science, exploring the earth

The massive Chief rock of Squamish, British Columbia [Canada]

Intro: There is a giant rock that you can’t ignore along the famous Sea to Sky highway in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. This is called “the Chief” and is actually a glacially exposed ancient magma chamber! It is well known to the locals in Squamish, B.C., which is my home-town. Thus, as I recently came back to Canada
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