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What if we hadn’t got plate tectonics theory...? The theory of plate tectonics is so vital to our understanding of how planet Earth works, it’s hard to imagine life without it. However in the years before the work of Alfred Wegener, no one could contemplate the mobile and dynamic Earth that we take for granted today

This course aims to give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to tackle real field observations, anywhere, involving all kinds of rocks, however simple or complex. Above all, it will give you an ordered and logical approach to fieldwork that really works. .

Over the coming weeks we’re going to be exploring the basics of our planet. We begin at the beginning some 4,650 million years ago and go on to examine what the Earth is made of and how it works; the story of life on the planet and much, much more.

You’ll have gathered from the somewhat quirky title of this course that we are going to be looking at sedimentary rocks and the processes that made them. It’s a story in time, deep geological time, with many of the rocks having been formed millions of years ago. But how long did it take to form what we see? Were the sediments accumulating slowly, or were they formed very quickly.

During the course we’ll be paying particular attention to the time dimension, but it’s also very much about process. Join us to find out more!

Over the coming weeks we’re going to study ‘Rocks from the Pressure Cooker’! We’ll be looking at many different types of metamorphic rocks and learning how they fit into the way our planet works. It won’t take long for the course to be up against some pretty fundamental questions and with it, controversies. This is the stuff of real scientific learning - enjoy it, engage with it!