First Year NSW South Coast

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During the September teaching break of 2014 the first year Earth and Marine Science class of about fifty students attended a field trip to the south coast. The south coast has many incredible geological features and we had the opportunity to study a number of these to gain a broad overview of geological field techniques. We spent four nights at the Lake Tabourie Tourist Park and during the day we drove to different locations between Potato point and Dolphin point. Each location had many interesting geological features for us to study and learn about using different field techniques. This included drawing stratigraphic columns, producing field maps and creating a geological cross section. Each evening we would return for a delicious meal at the Lake Tabourie Motor Inn and spend the night working until around 10pm to finish our tasks for the day. Andrew Berry, Jörg Hermann and student demonstrators Patrick Goodarzi, Eleanor Mare, Laura Crisp and James Tolley came along to share their knowledge of field geology and help us understand the amazing features around us. On the final day we were dropped off at Snake Bay and used everything we had learnt throughout the week to do an independent interpretation of the geology we saw there without any hints from the teachers. The entire trip was a really worthwhile learning experience and was greatly enjoyed by all.

Emma Carroll

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