Zeolite Quarry

The day started with a visit at the Zeolite quarry, Blue Pacific Minerals. Zeolite is important for the Mars exploration because it’s a sign of water. Where there is zeolite there is water – zeolites absorb water.

After the quarry, the students learned about stratigraphic columns

Learning about stratigraphic columns

the Jacob staffs that were made in the first night were put to good use today.


Learning about horizons and stones’ history

Professor Kathy Campbell explaining what we are looking for

Waikite Valley thermal pools

Earliest organisms on earth might have lived in hot waters springing from the ground like this one

Lecture by Dr Michael Rowe – Volcanology: Planetary perspectives


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