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Geology students out and about in Melville Koppies

"They each got to examine the grains of the almost 3b-year-old rocks to try and deduce how they were formed."

Wits first-year geology students tramped the Melville Koppies on February 24 from 08:00 until 13:00.

Jenny Grice, a Melville Koppies volunteer, said their task was to visit seven sites scattered across the Koppies, each manned by a geology lecturer.

“They learnt about the various fields in geology and the equipment available to help them unearth the rocks’ secrets.

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Wits lecturer Zubair Jinnah simulates the powers of water erosion to the students.

“They each got to examine the grains of the almost 3b-year-old rocks to try and deduce how they were formed,” said Grice.

She said Melville Koppies is not only suitable for university students.

“It’s a vast show-and-tell playground where our trained guides can expose learners to history, geography, life sciences, tourism, environmental management and much more. All this for just R50 entrance per student.”

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All income is used to maintain the koppies.

For more information, call 079 532 0083 or email wendavid@mweb.co.za

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