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Abby's research focus

This is a transcript of a QuickTime movie (10.8 MB) recorded in the Pilbara in 2005. Abby Allwood, from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, talks about the focus of her research.


For me the Trendall outcrop has been the starting point for my study, it’s been the focus of the research up until now. My job was to, or the task I took on, was to try to see how this compared to what was along strike. So the lateral changes in the environment, in the stromatolites and how the interdependence between those panned out. So we’re actually, this is the Shaw River, down there. We’re right about here so the opposite bank is this outcrop here. So last year we covered all of these and about another ten kilometres around these. It basically forms an arc of ridges that flank the south west side of the North Pole Dome all the way round to, as you were driving in you would have seen some very high ridges on the horizon, that’s basically the Strelley Pool Chert. The high feature in the area is these high standing chert ridges so it’s quite easy to navigate your way. Just look for the highest ridge and get there, any way you can.




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