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This course takes a closer look at the rocks and the scenery of selected parts of Britain and at some of the people who have helped us to unravel their fascinating story. We’ll be taking a journey through our past and using the rocks, the maps and the scenery to help us to discover more. No previous knowledge is expected or a required, just a sense of adventure.

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

An online course for anyone interested in the geological history of the British Isles. A bumpy ride that commences around 3 billion years ago. You’ll have to endure violent volcanoes, plate collisions, warm coral reefs,steaming equatorial forests, hot dry deserts and ice ages before we eventually arrive at the present day. 

Following on from our Time Traveller's Britain course we are going to consider some more people and places that have added pieces of information to that jigsaw of geological time, which has led to the formation of Britain going back 3 billion years!

This course takes a closer look at the rocks and the scenery of further selected parts of Britain and at the people who have helped us to unravel their fascinating story. We’ll be taking a journey through our past and using the rocks, the maps and the scenery to help us to discover more. No previous knowledge is expected or a required, just a sense of adventure!

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of William Smith’sgeological map of England and Wales. For the very first time we were able to see something of the immense amount of time it has taken to form and shape these islands. Since then, many more people has added pieces to that jigsaw of geological time, such that we now know that the beginnings of Britain go back 3 billion years!

This course takes a closer look at the rocks and the scenery of selected parts of Britain and at the people who have helped us to unravel their fascinating story. We’ll be taking a journey through our past and using the rocks, the maps and the scenery to help us to discover more. No previous knowledge is expected or a required, just a sense of adventure!

Over the coming weeks we’re going to be exploring the geology of “God’s own county” -Yorkshire. In the best traditions we may stray across the border into Teesside,rather like Yorkshire County Cricket Club for these are rocks that were ‘born in Yorkshire’ before the county borders moved!

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.

Fossils (from the Latin Fossus, literally "having been dug up") are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants and other organisms from the remote past (Wikipedia) Fossils are very useful in identifying the past conditions and in some cases the exact period in which the rock layer formed.

Palaeontology, or the study of fossils, starts with observation. If you see something and can describe it in simple words then it is almost certainly correct. We are all here to learn and learning starts where you are.

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!

The course begins with the ingredients, the chemicals that are available to make the minerals that go on to make igneous rocks. Over the following weeks we’ll give you an introduction to all the main aspects of volcanoes and igneous rocks.

“Around the world in 10 great geological stories” is a 10-week course that will take a look at some of the world’s finest geology. It begins with a look at Iceland and how our interpretation has radically changed in the last few years. Also covered are: The Channel Isles, The Himalayas, fabulous fossils from China, Cyprus, The Grand Canyon, The Rockies and Montserrat.