Walk the remains of ancient volcanoes and find Elie ‘Rubies’ with Professor Adrian Finch of the University of St Andrews.
Imagine paddling in balmy tropical seawater lapping on the shore. Inland are dense forests with volcanoes. Eruptions shake the Earth with such force that they rip up bits of the Earth’s mantle. This is Fife, 330 Million Years ago, long before dinosaurs. On this trip, Professor Adrian Finch will show you the pieces of evidence that allow geologists to reconstruct this amazing story. He will show you the volcanic rocks, similar to modern Hawaii, we will walk the craters of ancient volcanoes and find some of the garnets (Elie “rubies”) that were ripped from the mantle 60 km down.
We recommend that you wear suitable boots or wellies and dress appropriately for the weather. To participate in the full trip will require some walking on paths and some steeper descents. Further accessibility information can be found on the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust website – https://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/walks/fife-beaches/elie-ruby-bay/
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An event in the Scottish Geology Festival, organised by the Scottish Geology Trust.
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