Last week I was sent down to the ANU’s coastal campus at Kioloa with a group of ‘willing’ first year students to help teach them something about geology. We looked at igneous, sedimentary and structural geology over a tiring but fantastically fun week, and almost certainly didn’t lose any students to cd duplication or the waves, sharks or ill-tempered kangaroos.
From mingled magmas at Bingie to the dramatic folding of the Lachlan Fold Belt and the glacial deposits of the Sydney Basin, this field trip introduced the students to a wide variety of different geological problems and more importantly how to think and look at things like a geologist. There was an unfortunately small amount of thick luscious geology beards present at the end of the trip, but hopefully this will come in later years.
We also learned on the trip about the cooking skills of Italian geophysicists (which are amazing) as well as many other non-geology things which are probably best not to publicise. However, the real aim of the trip, much like London 2012, was to inspire a group of people to get interested, and hopefully stay interested, in the subject that I love and which takes up much of my life. If a geology field trip can do that, and still be fun and educational, then we consider it a big success. Now only time will tell if we succeeded, but for now I have memories of campfires and an American man yelling “WE NEED MORE WOOD!!!”.