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An exceptionally diverse range of geological features are readily accessible and prominently exposed in Tasmania. The relatively small island includes ancient, glaciated mountain ranges, through to relatively young volcanoes, including world class ore bodies, rare and beautiful minerals, and fossils and rocks from all the major geological periods of Earth history. Three main geotrails have been created in northwest, southeast and western Tasmania all designed to provide information about the geological backdrop to Tasmania’s iconic landforms and mining history. These are all self-guided trails have been designed and supported by different groups and individuals. They are:
• THE LYMINGTON GEOLOGICAL TIME TRAIL created some decades ago by a Cygnet tourist operator to highlight some unusual rock types, well exposed in several sites along the Huon river banks, some associated with gold deposits.
• CREATED FROM CHAOS: This geotrail, supported by local councils, along the central to northwest coast of the state, promotes 13 spectacular coastal geological features.
• THE LIVING EARTH: This West Coast GeoTrail was developed in 2015 by the Government’s Mineral Resources Tasmania and the West Coast Council to enable visitors and locals to understand and appreciate the geological processes which formed not only the spectacular landscapes and rocks well exposed in the region, but also highlighting areas of climate change, and the formation of mineral deposits in the State’s mines. The West Coast GeoTrail highlights 16 roadside sites. In time, it is hoped that this project will extend around the state to provide the geological story of Tasmania to travellers.