Category Archives: Geology

The Cascades: sculpture park or work of nature?

The Cascades at Metcalfe – is this a sculpture park or a work of nature? The answer is obvious but you would be forgiven for thinking the former. Here at this mesmerising stretch of the Coliban River, organic curves and … Continue reading

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Mind-boggling force, rocks that bend

Some people think the world is a messed-up place. I prefer to stay optimistic but, I have to admit, when it comes to the rocks beneath our feet, it’s a pretty accurate view. These anticlines are just a selection of … Continue reading

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New Year fireworks 110,000 BC: Lalgambook!

Mt Franklin, or Lalgambook, is a volcanic scoria cone with a wonderfully preserved crater. Lalgambook was once thought to be 470,000 years old but a more accurate and surprising date was published in 2013; it turns out to be amongst … Continue reading

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Liquid gold!

Quartz Hill is the site of some of the earliest reef mining in the Castlemaine area. Just 2km north of Chewton, it was one of a handful of huge quartz outcrops that demanded miners’ attention. The problem is not all … Continue reading

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Guildford Plateau – an upside-down landscape

We don’t often see mesa-like hills in Victoria but the Guildford Plateau is a wonderful example. The story starts around 40 million years ago when the ancient Loddon River carved its way from the Glenlyon headwaters. This was a vigorous … Continue reading

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What? Rainforest valleys at Guildford?

Ordinary looking rocks can tell some amazing stories: that’s the magic of geology. We’ve asked geologist Clive Willman to write an occasional series of posts on what the stones of our region are telling us. This is his first: The … Continue reading

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