Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Bristol Avon and its Hot Springs

The Bristol Avon and its Hot Springs: a river's course peculiar

Nick Chidlaw has asked me to publicise this new course. It looks very interesting.

July – field course studying the landforms and underlying geology of the river Avon valley between Trowbridge and Clifton, Bristol
2 day course:

The Bristol Avon and its Hot Springs: a river’s course peculiar

A weekend late July: 21st and 22nd
10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day. 
Tuition fee is  £45.00 per person
Deadline for course viability: 23rd June
Enrolments can be made and further details requested by contacting tutor Nick Chidlaw 

A field weekend examining the course of the river between Trowbridge, Wiltshire and the gorge at Clifton, Bristol. In this tract, the Avon repeatedly enters upland via a gorge, instead of crossing adjacent lower ground. Along its course at Bath and Hotwells, Bristol, occur hot springs. The course focuses on these curious / unusual features, and considers possible causes. One published proposal in fairly recent years, that the course and its hot springs may have been a product of active fault movement during the Ice Age, has since been refuted by the absence of geophysical evidence. 

For the course, a handout outlining the two-day programme, including location sketch maps, optional reading list, and outline geological history, will be forwarded in advance of the course to those enrolled.

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