Down to Earth - An Introduction to Geology
A wide-ranging introduction to geology for beginners. Topics include:
- plate tectonics: a framework to explain volcanoes and earthquakes, mountains and oceans
- rocks and minerals: how they form and how to recognise the common ones
- fossils: their preservation, use in geology, and how to identify those most commonly found
- the geological history of Britain: key events from Britain’s long and dramatic past, during which it has been torn by earthquakes, scorched by volcanoes, scraped by ice, covered with seas and raised to high mountains.
There will also be a chance to study many real geological specimens in the teaching room. You are very welcome to bring along your own geological specimens which you would like to be identified or which you think are of special interest.
No previous background in geology is needed for the course and no reading is required in advance.
Maximum number of places available: 25.
SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019
9.30am Plate tectonics – a unifying concept in Earth Sciences
10.45am Coffee / tea
11.15am Rocks and minerals and how to identify them
12.30pm Lunch / break
2.00pm Practical session (~30 mins) studying geological specimens in the teaching room
Fossils – their preservation and how to identify the common ones (~45 mins)
3.15pm Tea / coffee
3.45pm The geological history of Britain
5.15pm Course disperses
Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £77.00
Baguette Lunch Saturday: £4.90
Hot Lunch Saturday: £14.00
is an Honorary Associate in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Open University, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences until 2015. He chaired the Open University course on Geology and contributed to many other OU courses. He has given over 80 courses in geology, palaeontology and evolution for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education since 1979 and over 40 day-schools for OUDCE at Rewley House since 1993.
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