After a short preparatory session, this course ventures out to five superb field sites to explore geology in the field. We will investigate extinct volcanoes, tropical coral reefs, and the mangled strata of mountain building.
The field trips will involve walking for approximately 6km at each field site over uneven terrain which will include some steep inclines and potentially slippery rocks on the coast. Transport will not be provided for the field trips; you will make your own way to the meeting point for each trip.
Each trip will have a different geological emphasis. Each will comprise a moderate walk, three in coastal settings, and suitable clothing and footwear will be essential. The field trips will investigate general geology and field relationships of rocks and will teach you how to read rocks in the field. The different sites visited will reveal a range of aspects of Scotland’s past looking at rocks from the Silurian to the Carboniferous period covering deep marine, shallow marine and terrestrial sedimentary deposits, a range of volcanic and intrusive igneous rocks, as well as a fossil rich sequence.
Thursdays from 20th April 2023 11:10am – 1:00pm • (6 classes)
Wk 1: G36B Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Campus, Wks 2-6: On location • Tutor: Fiona McGibbon BSc PGCert