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GEOL252 Borland field school

The Borland field school is one of two compulsory field trips for the paper GEOL252: Field Studies and NZ Geology

Important details for 2020 Borland field school
(Semester 1)

Dates: 4–9 April 2020

This is during term time so that you will miss the four teaching days before the Easter break.

There will be no 200-Level Geology classes held during that period. Other departments have been informed that Geology students will be away. We will provide a letter for you if required, requesting that other departments make notes etc. available to you for that week.

Food and accommodation

  • Staying at Borland Lodge, near Lake Monowai; RD Otautau, Southland
  • Cabin accommodation
  • Except for lunch on the first and last day, food will be provided communally; the cost is indicated on the field schools page
  • Cooks will be appointed to supervise the kitchen, plan the menu, and prepare the meals. Students will be rostered for washing-up, etc. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, allergies, etc) which you have not already told us about, please email the Geology Administrator as soon as possible at geology@otago.ac.nz
  • Borland Lodge is administered by the Southland Youth Adventure Trust and has a resident warden. A rule of the Trust is: no alcohol allowed in the camp. As we value our good relations with the Trust, this rule will be adhered to!

What you’ll need

High-vis vest, sleeping bag; pillow; warm clothes and waterproofs; boots; map-case or similar; hand-lens; hammer; note-book and pencils; coloured pencils; ruler and protractor; calculator; lunch on Saturday; thermos flask (if desired, for hot drinks); chocolate, snacks, etc. which are not provided as part of the meals.

Borland geology

We will examine a wide range of rock types and structures, including high-grade metamorphic rocks and granites of Fiordland, Permian low-grade volcanic and plutonic rocks of the Longwoods, and Tertiary sediments of the Waiau Basin.

What is it worth?

This project will contribute 35% of the marks for GEOL 252.

Interactive map

Interactive topographic map centred on the Borland area. Zoom in/out and pan around to see other areas of New Zealand.