Andean Geotrail, Torres del Paine in Geo ExPro

Research fellows Olivier Galland and Caroline Sassier describe geotrail hightlights of the Andean Geotrail trip in the latest version of Geo ExPro. On the trip they visited (on bike) the national park Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile.

On bike with stunning views to the Cordillera del Paine from the road by Lake Pehoé. Note the highest peaks to the right - a large interleaving of white granite. Photo: Galland/Sassier

On bike with stunning views to the Cordillera del Paine from the road by Lake Pehoé. Note the highest peaks to the right - a large interleaving of white granite. Photo: Galland/Sassier

Andean Geotrail

Research fellows Olivier Galland and Caroline Sassier, both from the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo embarked on an epic journey by bicycle along the Andes in South America.

They visited 30 geological sites, explored these and conveyed what they observed via a blog and took some impressive photographs of the many geological sights along the route. The hight lights from the trip are now published in an article about geotourism in the international magazine Geo ExPro.

The journey has also been documented in an exhibition The Andean Geotrail, in the Science Library in Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus, University of Oslo in 2014. The journey is also described in this article in the latest Geo ExPro.

Torres del Paine - The Patagonian Diamond

Torres del Paine is a national park in Chile established in 1959 and is known for its extensive and dramatic scenery. The reader of the article in Geo ExPro will find impressive pictures and explanations of several geological phenomena along the route. There are also practical tips for hiking in Torres del Paine.

The park is visited each year by 140,000 people and is especially popular for hiking in Chile.

A taste of the article is the high mountains of Cordilleras del Paine (pictured above) which has a striking and obvious contrast between white granite and black sediments. Galland and Sassier explain the formation and the exposure of this striking geological feature in the article.

 

Link to the article:

Torres del Paine - The Patagonian Diamond. Full text pp 50-54.
Reference: Geo ExPro, vol. 12, no., 2015: 1.

 

By Gunn Kristin Tjoflot
Published Mar. 27, 2015 12:03 PM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2015 6:31 PM