Glaciers! Kiwis! Sand flies!!

Fox glacier group photo

Field trip participants pose in front of the Franz Josef glacier on a typically sunny(?) day. At least there are no sand flies up here. Trevor Chinn, bottom right, was our local guide.

This spring, I had the good fortune to lead (along with John Eiler and Mike Lamb) an international field trip to the south island of New Zealand. We took 11 graduate students and 2 undergrads. We started in Christchurch, drove over Arthur’s Pass, down the west coast, back through Haast Pass, down to Queenstown and Te Anau, and back. Over the course of 10 days we saw recent earthquake damage in Christchurch, metamorphic rocks and active landslides in the Alps, podocarp forests and temperate mountain glaciers (and sand flies) on the West Coast, glacial geomorphology around Queenstown, and … of course … Milford Sound. It was the trip of a lifetime, so thanks to all those who made it possible!

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