The 2021 Virtual AESC will run across 4 days, 9-12 February 2021. You will have the opportunity to hear from invited plenary speakers, keynote speakers; participate in live Q & A sessions with presenters, interact with posters and virtual field trips as well as network with fellow delegates and industry. Presenters’ presentations will be available for registered delegates to view 2 weeks’ prior to the convention to view at your leisure. The presenters will participate in live Q & A panels at scheduled times in the convention program.

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The geology of Maria Island is of great interest as it contains features from many geological ages. The Triassic sandstones of the Painted Cliffs is one such feature.Although this sort of rock formation is not uncommon, it is rare in a natural situation for it to be so extensively and beautifully exposed. The wonderful patterns are caused by ground water percolating down through the already formed sandstone and leaving traces of iron oxides, which have stained the rock formation. This probably occurred millions of years ago in a monsoonal climate.More recently, sea spray hitting the rock face has dried, forming crystals of salt. These crystals cause the rock to weather in the honeycomb patterns that you see.

About the GSA

The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

As a broadly based professional society that aims to represent all Earth Science disciplines, the GSA attracts a wide diversity of members working in a similarly broad range of industries.

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