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Geology Photo Gallery

Field Mapping in Cass  – Castle Hill, South Island

Mapping in Castle Hill / Cass is within an uplifted basin. Limestone ridges mark the landscape in which Narnia and The Lord of the Rings have been filmed

 

View from limestone bluffs to the glacial terraces and distant Torlesse Ranges

 

Initial field mapping is within larger groups, while later in the week groups of two or three take to the hills

 

Field Work on the West Coast, South Island

Field days are spent along the Coast line where dramatic cliff faces are exposed

 

River crossing on a day of rest and relaxation. This tramp went through one of the many temperate rain forests

 

West Coast shoreline where a structural mapping exercise on a bedrock fold is completed

 

Spectacular bedding relationships are exposed along the shore platform and cliff edges along the Gentle Annie coastal section

 

Structural mapping exercise through a fold encounters textbook examples of bedding and cleavage plane intersections

 

Field Mapping in Kaikoura, South Island

The Kaikoura beaches provide an inviting location to eat lunch and take a break from mapping

The Kaikoura beaches provide an inviting location to eat lunch and take a break from mapping

Two students investigate the contact between geologic units

Two students investigate the contact between geologic units

Students pause for a photo opportunity in their mapping area

Students pause for a photo opportunity in their mapping area

View from the University of Canterbury field station towards the seaward Kaikoura ranges

 

 

Field Work on Ruapehu and Tongariro Volcanoes, North Island

Sunset on the slopes of Ruapehu, just outside the ski lodge near the summit of Ruapehu Volcano

 

Mt Ngauruhoe / Mt Doom (Lord of the Rings) in the background, with tephra deposits from the Tongariro Volcanic Centre in the foreground

 

Walkway at the start of the Tongariro Crossing, rated one of the best walks in the World. Not only do students walk the track a lava flow mapping exercise takes place on the lower flanks of Mt Ngauruhoe

 

Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Crossing. A guided walk through the crossing takes in all of the amazing volcanic features and successions

 

Geothermal Energy and Volcanics of the Taupo Volcanic Zone – Rotorua, North Island

Geothermal features are a common occurrence throughout the Taupo Volcanic Zone

 

Kayak based field work in Lake Okataina. Okataina is a recent area of volcanism in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, with sequences of ignimbrites and rhyolite domes

 

Geothermal field mapping examining controls of fluid flow and fault structures

 

A group of students relaxes in the natural hot springs to learn about geothermal energy

Banks Peninsula Research Week – South Island

Okains Bay, beach, lagoon and sea cliffs. Field mapping area for the 2012 Geology group

 

Frontiers Abroad students rowing the waka (Maori war canoe) after the Waitangi Day celebrations in 2012

 

Volcanic sea cliffs of the Akaroa Volcanic Group (9.4 – 8.0 Ma) on the north western headland of Okains Bay

 

Banks Peninsula field areas are throughout lava flow sequences, small explosive deposits, and scoria cones

 

Two students celebrate finishing their independent research on Panama Rock

Two students celebrate finishing their independent research on Panama Rock

Harihari Field Module – South Island

 

Half the group stands on the Pacific Plate while the other half stands on the Australian Plate

Half the group stands on the Pacific Plate while the other half stands on the Australian Plate

Everyone was happy to see the Franz Josef Glacier through the rain showers

Everyone was happy to see the Franz Josef Glacier through the rain showers

Bush whacking through dense forest is much more difficult than it appears

Bush whacking through dense forest is much more difficult than it appears

Even cloudy days have their fun, students jump into the Hokitika Gorge during an extended lunch break

Even cloudy days have their fun, students jump into the Hokitika Gorge during an extended lunch break

Christchurch Active Tectonics Module – South Island

Cody drags the geophysics sled while students carry heavy equipment in the background

Cody drags the geophysics sled while students carry heavy equipment in the background

Students clean the sides of the Springfield Trench to begin logging the units

Students clean the sides of the Springfield Trench to begin logging the units

Professor Jarg points out a half graben along the Waiau River

Professor Jarg points out a half graben along the Waiau River