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School of Rock EarthCache

Hidden : 02/22/2007
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Geocache Description:

Melbourne University's School of Earth Science has on on public display on the north side of its building a collection of rocks of the various geological ages (Cambrian to Tertiary) collected from locations across Victoria

The display is a "rock garden" of sorts, located adjacent to the footpath. Each large rock sample has a plaque detailing its approximate age, rock type, method of deposition or formation, and provenance

Parking can be a bit tight in the general area at times so if you're taking public transport from the CBD you can get there by catching any tram heading north along Swanston Street towards Melbourne University

A short walk east from the earthcache will place you in Lygon Street - Melbourne's own Little Italy. It is the place where Melbourne's famous cafe culture was born, with the arrival of the city's first espresso machine at one of the street's Italian-owned cafes in the 1950s and is a great place to grab a coffee, or a bowl of pasta at most times of the day or night

To successfully log this Earthcache you are required to examine this most interesting (and under appreciated) collection and email me the correct answers to the following questions:

1. The provenance of the oldest rock displayed?

2. Is the Devonian Igneous rock volcanic or plutonic?

3. The source mineral group for the Cretaceous sandstone deposited in the muddy floodplain environment?

4. The Tertiary rock is a Basaltic Scoria from Melbourne's western suburbs. What is the name and location (nearest town) of the largest Scoria Cone in Victoria? (a little bit of research may be required if you're not a fan of scoria cones)

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