Potential fieldtrips are listed below. Stay tuned for more!
- Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve
- Ulladulla fossil walk
- Narooma accretionary complex and Chevron fold
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 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.
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 OpenSeptember 2018
- Registration OpenSeptember 2018
- Call for Abstracts Close20 April 2019
- Notification of Abstracts19 May 2019
- Early Bird Close31 May 2019
- ICP131 – 6 September 2019