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April 2, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Newcastle Coal

During my recent trip to Australia, I was able to pick a piece of coal off of the ground — something that I’ve never done before. I was in Newcastle, a coal mining region, for a conference. One evening I went for a walk along the beach, where coal seams are visible in outcrop. The picture above shows a piece of coal that I picked up off of the beach …

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March 26, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Weathered Sandstone at Cottage Point, Australia

Here’s another picture from my recent trip to Australia. This picture shows a weathered  sandstone outcrop that I saw (by kayak!) at a place called Cottage Point. You can see fresh banded sandstone (light in color) underneath a darker weathering rim. Weathering has created some very interesting shapes in this outcrop! There are quite a few sandstone rocks in the Sydney area. They are frequently used as building stones — …

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March 19, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: A Living Fossil Tree

Today is my last day in Australia. Today, my family, some friends, and I spent a few hours exploring the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. There are many beautiful and amazing plants in the garden. However, one plant in particular caught my eye: the Wollemi Pine, which is considered a living fossil because until the tree was discovered in the 1990s it was only known from the fossil record. The …

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March 12, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Sandstone Building Stone

I’m currently on the east coast of Australia, where local sandstone is commonly used as a building stone. Above is a picture that I took this morning. This picture shows some beautiful building stones on display at the University of Newcastle. The cross-bedding and variable coloration of the sandstone layers is just gorgeous. What a lovely building stone!

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March 5, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Great Barrier Reef View

My family and I are flying to Australia tomorrow, so for this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” I thought I would share a view of the Great Barrier Reef that we took when we last visited Australia back in 2015 — before the serious coral bleaching events of 2016 and 2017. I’ll be sharing more Australia pictures soon, so stay tuned!

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February 8, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

For today’s “Monday Geology Picture” post I thought I’d share one shot of the Great Barrier Reef that my husband took during our vacation to Australia last year. Stay tuned for some more pictures from that trip! One of the items on my blogging to-do list is sharing some more pictures and information from our Australian adventure.

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September 8, 2015

Syndey Sandstone

Back in March and April 2015 my husband and I travelled to Australia for a couple of weeks for vacation. We went to visit some good friends who live in Sydney. We spent most of our time in Sydney and some of the surrounding areas, such as the Blue Mountains. We also spent a few days up in the Port Douglas area, including a couple of days on a boat …

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July 27, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Cross-Bedding Sandstone Bench, Sydney, Australia

Goodness, I’ve been busy recently! I’m afraid that my blogging has been quite neglected… as it has been for the past few months. However, things have finally calmed down a little now, so I’m going to make an effort over the next few weeks to share some geological pictures from some of my recent travels… and also possibly from some travels in 2014 that I neglected to blog about. I’ll …

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June 29, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia

This week’s Monday Geology Picture was taken during my recent vacation in Australia. One day my husband and I drove outside of Sydney to spend some time exploring the Blue Mountains. One of the tourist attractions that we visited is a lovely rock formation known as The Three Sisters. This rock formation was carved (by erosion) out of ~250 million year old sandstone.

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April 13, 2015

Monday Geology Picture: Sydney Sandstone Building Stones

During my recent travels in Australia, I noticed quite a bit of sandstone around Sydney. Therefore, I was not particularly surprised to also see quite a few sandstone building stones around the city. For example, the stones shown in the above picture, which shows part of a bridge in North Sydney. By the way, I’m back home in South Africa now and won’t be travelling for a little while. So, …

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