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Uncover the unusual geology of the Peninsulas at the next Port Arthur Talk


The unusual geological history of the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas will be examined by Dr David Leaman in the next Port Arthur Talk.

The geological history of the Peninsulas extends back from the convict and present eras by several hundred million years.  It is a story rarely told and one which is still being written. 

Fifteen geological features will be described.   Some are so rare as to be of international significance, others so obvious we neither note them nor appreciate their meaning.  One is the oldest tourist site in Tasmania and most visitors cannot help but notice some of the others. 

Several examples are the best exposures of their type in Tasmania (if not in Australia) and some features can be seen nowhere else.  Many messages from the rocks are not benign and we do well if we heed them.

Dr David Leaman is a geologist with training in geophysics, civil engineering and hydrology and has a long experience with Tasmanian rocks.  He worked for the Geological Survey for the first part of his career, lectured at the University of Tasmania for 30 years, has been a geological consultant since 1981 and written several books. 

He currently takes courses for Adult Education and the University of the Third Age and refuses to retire.


Thursday 11 November, 2010, 5.30pm at the Junior Medical Officer's House conference room, Port Arthur Historic Site.

For more information call 6251 2324


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Uncover the unusual geology of the Peninsulas at the next Port Arthur Talk

A view of Tasman Island from the air, showing the steep sea-cliff coast of the Peninsula. Photo by Joe Shemesh, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania