Tasmania Field School 2007

June 9:

We left the comfort of our accommodations at Giant's Table and drove the longest trek of our entire journey to the West Coast Town of Strahan. During this day trip we crossed into the true wilderness of the World Heritage Site and viewed some of the most distinctive flora and landscapes that any of us have seen.

Figure 18: View of Mt. Hobhouse across the King William Plains from the A10 Highway to Queenstown, just after Derwent Bridge. The wetlands in the foreground abound with sharp button grass, moss and cushion plants while the gum trees are scattered or clumped on higher ground, the slopes of the Mtns. before us are the last remnants of the Gondwana rocks (dolerite) before we hit the King William Range and the folded and thrusted terrain of western Tasmania. The vista is one of a parkland or broken savannah, yet ice crusts are in the water pockets on either side of us and we can see snow on the highest peaks to the north of us (the Cheyne Range). View is looking west, in late morning sun.

Figure 19: Taylor Burt ('08) joined us for the field excursion to the west and northwest coast and here he stands in awe of the West Coast Range, a suite of quartzite, conglomerate, volcanic, and carbonate rocks of Cambrian and Ordovician age.