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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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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Galapagos, Islands, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America, Darwin, Evolution, Travel, Adventure, Blue Footed Boobie, Blue-Footed Boobie, Tourism, Isabela

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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