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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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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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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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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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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