15 March: Arriving Australia – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

3/15/14

Sydney is a cosmopolitan city.  I gave lectures at the University of New South Wales, and University of Sydney.

I’m standing in front of the geology building at University of Sydney- a lovely sandstone building.
I’m standing in front of the geology building at University of Sydney- a lovely sandstone building.
The building I gave the lecture in was immense and grand, patterned after Oxford. Students called it the “Harry Potter building” and it indeed reminded one of the movie.
The building I gave the lecture in was immense and grand, patterned after Oxford. Students called it the “Harry Potter building” and it indeed reminded one of the movie.

I enjoyed learning about research folks here are doing in astrobiology and Mars analogs.  While here we got to take in a few sights of Sydney including a ferry ride out in the harbor one evening, the botanical garden, and the fish market.

The classic Sydney harbor bridge is behind me and John.
The classic Sydney harbor bridge is behind me and John.
At night, the city lights the harbor and Sydney’s opera house.
At night, the city lights the harbor and Sydney’s opera house.
A city mime was really good and captured the rushing businessman…….
A city mime was really good and captured the rushing businessman…….
The botanical garden had many flowers as well as large indigenous fig trees.
The botanical garden had many flowers as well as large indigenous fig trees.

I was really impressed with the world’s 3rd largest fish market, as you can tell from the pictures.

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Margie

2 thoughts on “15 March: Arriving Australia – 2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecture Tour

  1. Wow!!! Eastern Rock Lobster is $69.99/kg?? Great way to combine Culinary Art and Geology together. Must be great. Seeing great architectural design in Down and Under is quite a treat and thanks for sharing these lovely pictures. Overall, very impressive reporting from the Aussie. Naz

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