Geology: An Introduction to Rocks and Landscape Interpretation - BORROWDALE
This workshop will look at the hard rock geology of Borrowdale and the story of its formation. It is the story of volcanoes, islands arcs, plate tectonics and earthquakes. Some context will be given so that the story can be appreciated as part of a longer history of the Lake District’s evolution.
Alongside the hard rock story, the course will look at the reasons behind the current shape of the landscape. This is the much more recent story of the Ice age shaping the volcanic rocks into the crags, fells and valleys we see today and for which the Lake District is justly famous.
Participants will be encouraged to explore and develop their understanding through direct and immediate contact with the environment. i.e. get your hands dirty!
A day course booklet will be provided, with base maps and routes.
A contextual booklet will be provided given background information and a glossary of terms at the end of the session.
(Please note there is no indoor backup venue so the walk will go ahead in poor weather unless unreasonable or unsafe to do so)
Workshop provider credentials
Stephen Mott has been involved in teaching and education advisory work for over 30 years. He graduated from Durham University (Hatfield College) with a degree in geological sciences and the Main Prize for fieldwork in 1979. For some years, he taught the subject and physical geography to A level. He has continued to keep up-to-date with advances in earth sciences and has regularly led geology and wildlife walks over the years. He has taught two successful courses for the Cumbria CC Adult-education department at Shap CDC on Rocks and landscapes of Eastern Cumbria.