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Westport field station

11 August 2023

The West Coast region is an area never more than 40 kilometres wide between the mountains and the Tasman Sea.


The West Coast contains a geological wonderland of limestone forms and other curious rocks. The region also offers a rich variety of ecological habitats.

The Westport field station is located in the Westport township.


History of Westport field station

In 1995 the University of Canterbury opened the current field station in Westport township. The facility was named after two of Canterbury's most eminent geologists - Maxwell Gage and Brian Mason.

The Teaching (Maxwell Gage) building was designed for undergraduate teaching groups, while the Research (Brian Mason) flat is for individuals and small groups engaged in research. Naming the two buildings after the two professors was an appropriate way to commemorate the unique contribution that Maxwell Gage and Brian Mason have made to earth science both locally and internationally.

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