Geological Observations

The first geological observation recorded in the new colony was the  sighting of columnar sandstone. This discovery was made some time between 26 January and 26 February 1788 and was recorded by John Hunter as ‘(in miniature) resembling the Giants Causeway in the north of Ireland’ . Journal Paper published December 2011. (Photos:  top Columnar sandstone specimens from the wreck of the Boussole at Vanikoro Musée de l’histoire maritime de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Noumea; below – Columnar sandstone at La Perouse north of the Bus Terminus.)

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