Down to Earth: An Introduction to Geology (Sunday)
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.
No previous background in geology is needed for the course and no reading is required in advance.
You are very welcome to bring along any of your own geological specimens which you would like to be identified or which you think are of special interest.
Maximum number of places available: 25 each day. Please note that this is not a two-day course.
9.30am Plate tectonics - a unifying concept in Earth Sciences
11.15am Rocks and minerals and how to identify them
2.00pm Practical session – studying geological specimens in the teaching room (~ 30 minutes)
Fossils - their preservation and how to identify the common ones (~ 45 mins)
3.45pm The geological history of Britain
5.15pm Course disperses
Accommodation is often available in Rewley House for those who wish to stay on the night before a course. Please contact our Residential Centre on 01865 270362 for details for availability and prices.
Tuition (includes Coffee/tea): £76.00
Full lunch: £13.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Dr Peter R Sheldon
Dr Peter Sheldon is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems 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 40 day-schools for OUDCE at Rewley House since 1993.
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