Stanford University

Sharing science in South Africa

During the summer of 2018, eight students traveled to South Africa with the Stanford Alpine Project (SAP), an organization that gives Stanford students a chance to design and implement a student-led field excursion that is accessible to all Earth scientists. The group encourages cross-disciplinary interchange and collaboration at all academic levels.

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The trip included students from the departments of geophysics, geological sciences, Earth system science, E-IPER, an undergraduate from Earth systems, and a faculty advisor, George Hilley. The group explored the world’s "oldest beach," learned about fire ecology on a bush walk at Kruger National Park, toured gold and diamond mines, and toured the Barberton Greenstone Belt, where some of the oldest rocks in the world show how our continents formed. This area is a longtime research focus of Stanford Earth’s Don Lowe, who was the first to explain the unique "spherule beds."

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“This wasn’t entirely geology focused because of my peers. I’m socially friends with other people at Stanford Earth, but we never talk science – on this trip, we were teaching each other.”

For more information about SAP, contact Marisa Mayer at

Media Contacts

Danielle Torrent Tucker

School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences


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