Geology, Tasmania, Australia, panning, gold, sapphires, gemstones, gem stones, ruby, sapphire, river, adventure, blog, outdoors, geomorphology, how to, nature, prospecting, fossicking, gear, pan, shovel, bucket

How to find sapphires… sort of [Northeast Tasmania]

Intro: I’ve never considered myself to be much of a rock hound, but being a geologist I guess I’m naturally attracted to pretty rocks and minerals… and so up sparked an idea to go panning (i.e. fossicking) for sapphires with some other Geo-friends in northeast Tasmania. What could be more fun than paddling knee high in
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Tasmania, Australia, Geology, Tasman Peninsula, Rocks, Sea columns, sea cliffs, south, antarctica, adventure, travel, blog, geologist, exploring, exploration, dolerite, what rock type is, how did form, ocean, sea, intrusive, extrusive, geomorphology, cape raoul, bush walking, hiking

Pillars at the bottom of the world [Australia]

Intro: When it comes to pockets of land, there is far and few in-between in the remote south. Before you hit Antarctica the closest you’ll get is the southern tip of South America, the last gasp of south island New Zealand, and finally, the Australian island state of Tasmania. Having recently temporarily relocated to this
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Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, fish, coral, colourful, hard coral, soft coral, types of coral, adventure, scuba diving, snorkeling, travel, GBR, oceanography, geology, padi, scuba, swin, ocean, map, location, blog

What the Great Barrier Reef is made of [Australia]

Intro: When given the opportunity… or when in Rome… actually, I don’t think either of these really work too well, but what I’m trying to do is segway into my blog post about my stop-over in Cairn, Queensland, Australia; gateway the Great Barrier Reef! Having come via New South Wales and a month at my research field site
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Australia, New South Wales, NSW, Geology, Veins, Hydrothermal, Shear sense, stuctural geology, structure, quartz, quartz veins, gold, adventure, geologist, travel, blog, en echelon, en echelon veins

Conquering the top of Australia and classic geology in New South Wales

Intro: Entering the world of academia comes the exciting but terrifying ordeal of presenting research at conferences. Although this was the purpose of my visit to New South Wales (NSW), located in south west Australia, I will save my research details for another post and instead highlight some of the classic geology I was able to
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Frenchman's Cap in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park - Tasmania, Australia, Views

A Tasmanian “bushwalk” to a sturdy Frenchman’s Cap

Intro: With so much diverse and abundant national parks, nature and geology to see in Tasmania, it was only a matter of time before a long bushwalk was required (bushwalking is what Australians commonly call ‘hiking’ here…) Over 45% of the state of Tasmania is recognized as a national park, there is much to choose
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The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Movie set, Hobbition, Visit, New Zealand, North Island, Location, Travel, Adventure, The Desolation of Smaug, There and Back Again, An unexpected journey, the fellowship of the ring, Blog

Boiling mud, hot pools and Hobbits; Geothermal systems in Taupo, New Zealand

Intro: Continuing on from my first post on The Volcanoes of Taupo, this one will focus all about the hot, dangerous and ever changing geothermal systems of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. As I was saying before, the link between volcanoes, geothermal systems, and precious metal formation is quite strong, as most gold deposits are formed
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New Zealand, Mount Doom, volcano, volcanoes, Taupo volcanic zone, taupo, geology, adventure, travel, lord of the rings, location, movie, filmed, stratovolcano, volcanology, field trip, map, White Island, active volcano, Bay of Plenty

The real Mount Doom… and the real Mount Doom; Volcanoes in Taupo, New Zealand

Intro: With the start of my new university career in Australia as a research MSc student I get to focus on some interesting geological topics, especially related to volcanoes, geothermal systems, and gold and ore formation. The three are more interconnected than you would initial think, as most gold deposits are formed via the interaction
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Australia, Travel, School, Blog, University, Graduate, Grad School, PhD, MSc, Research, Geology, Tasmania, Ocean, Granite, East Coast, Mega Crystic, Crystals, Feldspar

Starting graduate school and research overseas; Introducing Tasmania

Intro: After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Science, and working in mineral exploration for a couple years, I decided to go back to school again and aspire toward a Masters of Science. I really do love the school/university environment and have always wanted to broaden my education and take on a research based project
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Galapagos, Islands, Galapagos, Ecuador, South America, Darwin, Evolution, Travel, Adventure, Tourism, Snorkeling, Sharks, Kicker Rock

Galapagos Islands – Swimming among and saving sharks with Cousteau, plus pyroclastic Kicker Rock

Intro: Continuing on with my the promise from my last post about the magnificence land/islands of the Galapagos, this post is all about the sea… well, mostly (who am I kidding, I have to add in some geology). But alas, the sea; “once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” as
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The Galapagos Islands – The volcanic creation of these evolving, hostile, and uniquely inhabited islands

Intro: The Galapagos. Known as the enchanted islands, this is a place that any science-lover would dream of. I always wanted to go, but never thought I would (well, at least not anytime soon), when suddenly a last-minute opportunity to join up with my sister on a Contiki tour suddenly allowed this far-fetched fantastic to
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