GEOL20003 - Minerals and Magmas

There are two separate field excursions associated with this subject. The first, spanning 3 days, visits some of the volcanoes of Western Victoria. The second is a day-trip to the granites and associated volcanic rocks in the vicinity of Strathbogie. The information below provides clarity relating to the logistics of these excursions, what to bring, how we expect you to behave and what assessment will be undertaken. Please read the following carefully.

Travel arrangements for Western Victoria Volcanoes field trip: Friday 8th April 2016 at 12:15pm SHARP from the front of the Earth Sciences Building, Elgin St, the coach will arrive back at the Earth Sciences Building at around 6pm on Sunday 10th April 2016, although the exact time will depend upon traffic.  The aim of this field excursion is to introduce you the variety of deposits and landforms generated by volcanism, provide you with opportunities to undertake detailed field observations and their geological interpretation, and to achieve these goals by working as individuals as well as part of a group. Ensure you have either finished your lunch, or have it with you. We will not provide lunch on the first day, nor stop anywhere for you to purchase it. You will also need to access sturdy shoes for the quarry visit in Mortlake on Friday afternoon, so wear them, or have them on the coach with you, NOT packed in your suitcase!

Field requirements

  • Hammer and safety glasses
  • Hand lens
  • Clip-board (to hold field handouts)
  • Sturdy plastic bags and marker pen (for any samples you may wish to collect)
  • Drawing equipment (pencils, sharpener, rubber etc)

Other personal items

You should be self-sufficient while in the field, including such items as:

  • Water bottle
  • Torch
  • Rucksack for use during the day in the field, sleeping bag (or other) and pillow - bunk beds are supplied, but no bedding
  • Personal medication/first aid kit and small amount of money
  • Suitable weatherproof and windproof clothing, hat and sunscreen/insect repellant
  • Toiletry articles etc

Accommodation and meals have been arranged as follows:

  • Accommodation will be provided at "Southcombe Lodge", a camp located in Port Fairy catering for groups including schools. Accommodation is in a single building. Your care of the facilities, and respect for those trying to work and sleep in the evenings is expected.
  • Further information, (including the location of, and contact details for, Southcombe Lodge) is available at
  • Once we arrive in Port Fairy on Friday evening, all meals are provided. The evening meals and breakfasts are served at the Lodge. Packed lunches will be taken with us into the field. Assume we will not be near a shop at lunchtime, so if you imagine you will need additional food, bring it with you or purchase it in Port Fairy. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated by the catering firm, but in order to manage such requests, they need to be informed well in advance of the trip.
  • Please familiarise yourself with the Behaviour and Safety information sections of this website.

GEOL20003 Strathbogie excursion information for 2016

The aim of this field program is to reinforce material from classroom-based lectures and practical exercises, by inspecting a range of granites and associated volcanic rocks in the field. You will examine the mineralogy and textures of different rocks at selected sites and provide geological interpretations of what you observe. The field excursion is run once, on Sunday the 1st May 2016.

Travel arrangements

Please meet outside the front of the Earth Science Building (McCoy) on Elgin Street. The coach will depart at 9:00 am SHARP on Sunday 1st May 2016. Ensure you have your lunch with you. We will stop only briefly at a service station in the morning, but will not be near any shop at lunch time. The coach will arrive back at the Earth Sciences Building at around 6pm on Sunday evening, although the exact time will depend upon traffic.

Field requirements

  • Hammer and safety glasses
  • Hand lens (x 10)
  • Clip-board (to hold field handouts)
  • Sturdy plastic bags and marker pen (for any samples you may wish to collect)

Other personal items

You should be self-sufficient, including such items as:

  • Water bottle
  • Torch
  • Personal medication
  • Suitable weatherproof and wind proof clothing, hat and sunscreen/insect repellent
  • A small amount of money in case you wish to purchase additional food and drink

Behaviour on the excursion

On the Western Victorian Volanoes excursion will be visiting both private land and State parks so it is essential you adhere to the directions of the staff leading the excursion. On the Strathbogie excursion, we will be visiting road cuttings and outcrops on private land. In particular:

  • Do not climb fences and leave gates as you find them
  • Do not walk on crops, new pasture or other vulnerable areas
  • Do not disturb livestock (such as sheep and cattle) or wildlife (you may see koalas and emu)
  • Do not light fires
  • Firearms and dangerous knives are banned at all times. Do not bring any
  • Take all your rubbish back to the coach for disposal
  • Do not even take your hammer off the coach when visiting State Parks
  • No alcohol is to be consumed in the coach

Safety in the field

Fieldwork frequently puts geologists in hazardous situations. Therefore use your common sense in the field:

  • If someone is injured or is ill in the field, make sure a staff member is informed. There will be first aiders on staff to assist. An incident report form should also be filled out upon returning from the trip if there has been an injury.
  • If there is any situation on the excursion in which you feel unsafe or not confident, do not proceed. Inform a staff member of your situation.
  • While alcohol is not prohibited on the field trip, students are required to behave responsibly at all times. Excessive consumption of alcohol, belligerent, aggressive or otherwise antisocial behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Furthermore, any unsafe behavior which, in anyway, endangers yourself or others will not be tolerated. Any such behaviour will result in the students involved being banned from fieldwork and from undertaking the subject
  • Students involved in such behaviour may also have to address the University of Melbourne's academic misconduct process (as per university regulations).
  • Make sure you have a regular tetanus booster in case you cut yourself on rusty wire or metal. You may not always be close to a vehicle and/or medical help.
  • Carry a small first aid kit and be familiar with the current first aid treatment of injuries such as sprains, cuts, snake bites, heat distress and exposure.
  • Wear adequate, easily visible clothing for the conditions in which you are working. Wear field boots which are suitable for rocky ground.
  • Carry a water bottle and be prepared for strong sun. Use plenty of sun-screen, have a hat and sun-glasses.
  • Do not attempt to climb rock faces unless you are trained, have company and are suitably equipped. (So at this camp do NOT climb rock faces!).
  • Do not enter cave systems or old mine workings, except by arrangement, and never alone.
  • Do not climb fences. This not only ruins the fences, but is dangerous. Walk to a gate if possible.
  • Always stay as a group. Do not carry out fieldwork by yourself. Do not split into subgroups.
  • Do not drop rocks or any other object over cliffs
  • Do not stand near the edge of significantly vertical drops as the edge may give way.
  • When approaching a rock face, always look up to check if there are loose rock.
  • Do not go swimming unless you have permission and supervision of a staff member.

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