Field trips of 2013-2015. Part I: Fiordland (New Zealand)

I just realised that during the past 2 years I have not posted anything about the field trips I have been involved in. Well, that does not capture a life of a geology student very accurately. Besides of being a lab rat (which I enjoy, do not doubt it), I have also had my fair share of opportunities to see the sun, feel the rock and encounter few outdoor adventures, while either doing fieldwork for my own project or helping with undergraduate tutoring. So here you go: a story in 3 parts featuring Fiordland (New Zealand), Alice Springs (C-Australia) and Kiama coast (SE Australia). 

Milford Sound in Fiordland was the initially planned main field area for my project. The outcrops in Pembroke valley expose lower crustal rocks cut by a complicated network of several types of veins and shear zones. The idea was to compare the rheological properties of rocks in the “dry” and the fluid-affected shear zones, but even before the field trip I found in the samples from previous expeditions, that the shear zones in this setting feature a presence of melt, instead of a hydrous fluid. Ultimately we made a decision to work on samples from another area instead,  but I got to tag along for this field trip anyway. It was a week long camping in a distant wilderness, including a helicopter ride and beautiful outcrops.

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