As daunting as Environmental Geophysics may sound, a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students signed up for an intensive four day field. The six hour trip through hilly deciduous trees and icy roads made the start of the trip a questionable one, but on arrival that was about to change. We had arrived at the Wellington Caves, a cave system which still holds evidence of the 2.8t wombat like creature (Diprotodon) that roamed the surface up to some 46 000 years ago. Although we weren’t there to look at bones, we were interested in the caves groundwater system and how this impacts the Bell River, which is one of the main water sources for the area.
Day one involved getting all the boring theory out of the way and included all the mechanics behind the geophysical instruments and what we were going to be doing for the next few days, before splitting up into groups to prepare for the week.
A thanks must go to Andy Baker and Bryce Kelly for organising and offering the course.
Written by Gurinder Nagra | Photos by Claire Dennerley and Giverny Chomiszak