Potential fieldtrips are listed below. Stay tuned for more!
Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve
A day-trip to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, to one of the first cave conservation reserves in the world. Rich in native Australian fauna and flora, Wombeyan has been a location for speleothem paleoclimate research for over ten years. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit caves (Fig Tree Cave) and take bush-walks (Mares Creek Trail) in the context of understanding cave records of ENSO variability and paleofires.
Ulladulla fossil walk
Ulladulla coast presents very well preserved Permian marine invertebrate fossils in a ~270Ma old Wandrawandian Siltstone. The abundant fossils are typical of a Permian cold water fauna and include twenty species of Echinoderms, mostly Crinoid (sea lilies); Bryozoans, mostly Fenestellid (sea fans); Brachiopods, chiefly spiny Productids and Spiriferids; Molluscs, mainly Bivalves; and Gastropods; solitary Rugose horn corals, and a branching colonial coral which are rare. Some bioturbated (reworking of sediment by organisms) horizons display a range of trace fossils including burrows, tracks and feeding trails. Plant fossils are also preserved in this shallow near-shore marine deposit as pieces of carbonized wood.
Narooma accretionary complex and Chevron fold
On Narooma Beach, in the Eurobodalla region of NSW, there are some very impressive rock formations, including the amazing "chevron" folded rocks, which outcrop midway between the beach headlands. The remarkable folding pattern exhibited in these rocks is the result of tremendous pressure coming from the Pacific Tectonic Plate's collision with the land: this collision has effectively foreshortened the existing layered rock into a zig zag pattern.
The continental crust of eastern Australia formed along the margin of the supercontinent of Gondwana during the Palaeozoic and early Mesozoic ages. It resulted from an increase in size by gradual external addition of oceanic crust, recycled continent-derived turbidite (material which has been subject to ocean currents), and volcanic activity.
- Call for Abstracts Open1st September 2018
- Super Early Bird Registration1st – 7th September 2018
- Early Bird Registration8th September 2018
- Early Bird Registration Close28th February 2019
- Standard Registration1st March 2019
- Call for Abstracts Close20th April 2019
- Final Notification of Abstracts17th May 2019
- ICP13 2nd – 6th September 2019