In this workshop we will be exploring the geology and geomorphology of the eastern margins of Loch Lomond. Starting at Balmaha, we will walk through almost 300 million years of geological history, observing evidence from sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks as well as more recent glacial deposits formed during the Quaternary period. We will see evidence for the evolution of the Highland Boundary Fault, a significant feature stretching across Scotland and one that separates the Highlands from the Lowlands. Moving on to the southern flanks of Ptarmigan, we will learn about the surprising origins of Ben Lomond and, with views to the south and north, we finally piece together all of our evidence to understand the evolution of the area over 700 million years to the present day.
By attending this CPD you will gain an understanding of:
- the basic skills necessary to describe rocks on a variety of scales
- the simple equipment geologists use to make their observations
- how to make geological observations and interpret what you see
- how to access and interpret geological maps when in the field
- the long term geological and glacial evolution of Scotland
- the influence of geology on glacial evolution
- the impact of climate change on the mountain environment.
Kit required: all of the usual gear and food for a day on the Scottish hills!
Venue & times: Meet outside of the Balmaha visitor centre (G63 0JQ) at 0900 on Friday 24th September. Parking is currently free and there is a fine coffee shop nearby. The course will finish by 4pm.
The workshop will be provided by Dr Richard Phillips who worked as a geologist and educator for over 16 years. He has organised numerous field expeditions to the Himalayas, western USA, the Apennines, Turkey, southern Libya, Greenland and the NW Highlands. He is a summer ML and aspirant IML.
For all enquires and to book, please contact the Scottish Rep Suzie Dick directly.