Excursion to Cyprus
A group of 30 odd students from Hong Kong University, and 1 (Sue) from Auckland University, New Zealand, undertook a mapping exercise in south west Cyprus, outside Paphos, over 8 days in May and June, 1998. Each of the 10 groups of 3-4 students had an area of 1.5 km by 4 km to map.
The area chosen by Prof. John Malpas, of Hong Kong University Geology Department, is in an area world renowned as being a classic Ophiolite structure.
An introductory tour saw us stop first at Petra tou Romiou beach.
The limestone outcrop in the left background of picture 1 is the reputed birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love, or Venus in Roman terms. This location shows the full range of geology to be found in this area, from outcrops of limestone on the left through to the darker coloured volcanics in the middle foreground to the overlying cap of chalk and marl on the hill in the distance. Picture 2 shows the volcanic outcrop being examined by students while picture 3 shows the largest limestone outcrop, near the top left of picture 1, being examined by students.
When the mapping started in earnest, the day started at 6:00am and ended, in the field, at about 1:00pm. The following photographs are from the Group 3 mapping area.