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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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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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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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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 – 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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Visiting CERN; A Geologist’s attempt at particle physics and the Higgs Boson [Switzerland]

Intro: Alright, time to blog out of my comfort zone and go a little extra nerdy. Coming straight from the Spectacular Swiss Alps, my sister and I decided to make it a mission to go to Geneva whilst in Switzerland and visit CERN. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and home of the
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How the Alps assembled; Mountain building 101 [Switzerland]

Intro: A night train away from Slovenia and we were in Switzerland. We stopped briefly in Zurich (the largest city in Switzerland, located at the edge of Zurich Lake) which allowed me to visit the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), regarded as one of the top universities in the world with over 21 Nobel Prize
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Caves, castles, and cousins in Slovenia

Intro: Alright, where to next? I just mentioned how our last destination, Croatia, was a lesser known country to most North Americans, well the next one we went to is likely one of the least touristic countries in all Europe, Slovenia. Family ties brought my sister and I here as my mother was born and raised
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