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, 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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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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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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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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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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