Chris in Australia 2010

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Chris in Australia 2010
« on: 30/08/2010 22:52:54 »
Hi all, I've returned from the Australian National Science Week Tour, which was a talking point in it's own right - maybe I'll tell you about that later, but latterly I was in the wilds of western Australia, which was a magical experience. Probably the highlight for me was seeing the Pinnacles - the fossilised remains of a one-time prehistoric forest millions of years ago. The trunks of what would have been the trees have been preserved and stand, in some cases, metres tall. It was the most incredible and awe-inspiring sight. The photos below were taken at night - I got there at sun-down - so they are slightly ill-lit, but you can get the picture.

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I'll add to this post other photo momentos as they come in...

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« Last Edit: 30/08/2010 23:03:36 by chris »
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« Reply #1 on: 30/08/2010 23:11:58 »
Up in NW Australia, in the Kalbarri national park, Murchison river valley, I found these 400 million year old fossilised footprints (my shoe is in it for scale!) left by an aquatic creature probably resembling a scorpion. The rocks in the valley are 400-420 million years old, the time when water-based life first began to invade the land; the animal that made these tracks would have been dragging itself out of the water and up the muddy bank of the river...WA is indeed a magical place...

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Chris in Australia 2010
« Reply #2 on: 30/08/2010 23:16:34 »
I met this award-winning Beijing-based Chinese caligrapher (and ex-general from the Chinese Army) at a laboratory party in Adelaide (thanks Jane!).

He agreed to do some caligraphy for me, but can anyone tell me what it says...?

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The original (in the picture) is now waiting to be framed.

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« Reply #3 on: 31/08/2010 20:15:16 »
Got a lovely picture from the University of Western Australia science communication posse...

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Thanks Magdeline (on the left) for sending it and Musa (centre) ad Sophia (next to me) for taking me to Little Creatures on Friday night.

Chris
« Last Edit: 31/08/2010 20:18:22 by chris »
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« Reply #4 on: 31/08/2010 20:31:26 »
Hi all, I've returned from the Australian National Science Week Tour, which was a talking point in it's own right - maybe I'll tell you about that later, but latterly I was in the wilds of western Australia, which was a magical experience. Probably the highlight for me was seeing the Pinnacles - the fossilised remains of a one-time prehistoric forest millions of years ago. The trunks of what would have been the trees have been preserved and stand, in some cases, metres tall. It was the most incredible and awe-inspiring sight. The photos below were taken at night - I got there at sun-down - so they are slightly ill-lit, but you can get the picture.

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[attachment=12751]

I'll add to this post other photo momentos as they come in...

Chris
Wow how spooky. This reminds me of witches castles from fairy tails where everyone trying to get in has been petrified. Some of them look like creatures not trees. woooooow!
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« Reply #5 on: 31/08/2010 21:08:33 »
This was taken after the final session of the tour at Curtin University in WA in front of 500 budding young scientists, some of whom are in the picture!

The lady is Lyn Beazley, chief scientific officer of Western Australia, who is an absolute legend.

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« Reply #6 on: 31/08/2010 21:10:40 »
Which one is you Chris? You look so young, I've lost you in this piccy!
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« Reply #7 on: 31/08/2010 21:25:08 »
This lovely photo was sent to me by chemist Alf Larcher, next to me in the centre. It was taken after an evening of explosive Naked Science / Crisp Packet Fireworks at Curtin University, WA. These wonderful, and clearly insane, people turned up to see my show. An even madder person (on the end) had even bought one of my books. Thanks guys!

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« Reply #8 on: 31/08/2010 21:29:38 »
Which one is you Chris? You look so young, I've lost you in this piccy!

Cheeky...
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« Reply #9 on: 31/08/2010 21:39:13 »
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He agreed to do some caligraphy for me, but can anyone tell me what it says...?

   

It says:

"Who the heck is this guy?"  [:D] [:D]

It's very pretty though.
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« Reply #10 on: 31/08/2010 21:46:44 »
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« Reply #11 on: 31/08/2010 21:51:00 »
Up in NW Australia, in the Kalbarri national park, Murchison river valley, I found these 400 million year old fossilised footprints (my shoe is in it for scale!) left by an aquatic creature probably resembling a scorpion. The rocks in the valley are 400-420 million years old, the time when water-based life first began to invade the land; the animal that made these tracks would have been dragging itself out of the water and up the muddy bank of the river...WA is indeed a magical place...

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Chris



If ewe had followed the foot prints Chris ewe may have caught up with it !
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« Reply #12 on: 31/08/2010 21:58:37 »


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Why do inanimate objects always resemble penis'? The rock also looks like something....

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« Reply #13 on: 01/09/2010 08:40:14 »
I think I actually just managed to select the most penis-like pinnacle to stand next to...
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« Reply #14 on: 01/09/2010 09:09:39 »
The photos below were taken at night - I got there at sun-down - so they are slightly ill-lit

Now slightly better ...

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« Reply #16 on: 01/09/2010 13:33:46 »
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