Tourist guide to mountain geology | Blue Mountain Gazette
Have you ever wondered about the geological forces that created Les Trois Sœurs?
Paul Gorjan’s book Geology of the Blue Mountains: Tourist Guide, sheds light on this and other pieces of living evolutionary history written in the rocks of the Blue Mountains that saw this landscape become World Heritage in 2000.
“I moved here four years ago,” he says. “I have a background in geology, so obviously I was interested in the rocks around here, they are a big attraction … a lot of tourists come … whether they know it or not, to see the geology.
“I couldn’t find any books available,” he added.
“I have found a few technical reports but they are not readable by the average person.”
His book offered insight into the science of valleys in the landscape.
As Gorjan writes: “The Three Sisters were formed by the same processes that formed the rest of the Jamison Valley; softer layers of clay have been eroded and the harder sandstone on top has been eroded. is tilted and then detached along the parting lines. ”
Mr. Gorjan has pursued a career as a researcher in earth sciences. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science to work on the study of mass extinctions at Tohoku University. He also worked as a research scientist at the University of Washington in St. Louis.
Mr. Gorjan’s talents also extend to art. He was a finalist for the Gallipoli Art Prize in 2018 and produced the drawings for the book.
“For me to learn is to consolidate my knowledge,” he said.
Geology of the Blue Mountains: Tour Guide, Echo Point Geology Guide, Three Sisters Walk and Giant Staircase is available at Mountains bookstores. The book will be officially launched at Leura Uniting Church (Grose and Megalong Streets Cnr) on Sunday August 11 with a community afternoon tea from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Editor Marilla North said that “the invaluable geological guide to the terrain of our magnificent Upper Blue Mountains is written in clear, precise language that anyone can understand, illustrated with diagrams that will help you read the earth’s history. which is written in the rocks “.
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