Sunday, 3 March 2019

Charnwood with Nick Chidlaw

Precambrian Geology at Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire.

Nick Chidlaw has asked me to publicise this course. We are very happy to oblige!

Charnwood Old Cliffe Hill Quarry - buried landscape

Lifelong Learning 4 day course

Precambrian Geology at Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire 

Tutor: Dr Nick Chidlaw
Saturday 22nd – Tuesday 25th June 2019
10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day
In the eastern English Midlands, the generally subdued relief is conspicuously interrupted by the craggy, locally—wooded hills of Charnwood Forest, a few miles north-west of Leicester. Here are found rocks formed from explosive volcanic eruptions about 600 million years ago, together with lavas and igneous intrusions. Within rocks that were once volcanic ashes have been found world-famous fossil sea pens and jellyfish, predating the earliest known shelly fossils.
Attached photograph is of Old Cliffe Hill Quarry, where the South Charnwood Diorites are worked for aggregate. Here, the Diorites are intruded into the Bradgate Formation, both formed in the Ediacaran Period. A late Triassic desert land surface is preserved in profile, overlain by the Mercia Mudstone Group. 
No prior knowledge of geology or the area is assumed. Attendees arrange their own travel, meals and accommodation – tutor can advise.
Meeting location provided to those enrolled. The course is organised through Cardiff University. It carries assessment, which is very difficult to fail! Attendees usually find assessment on these courses useful for consolidating what they have learned.
Tuition fee is £165.00 (concessionary fee available £ 132.00)

Enrolments can be found by ‘phoning 029 2087 0000 or visiting website

For more information on the course, contact tutor

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