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The Scottish borders are notorious for witnessing the death of an ocean. As such they are the perfect place to interrogate, in an attempt to understand what happened as the oceanic sediments of the Ordovician and Silurian Iapetus Ocean were sliced and folded into the suture of the first physical union of England and Scotland.
This trip will visit locations which straddle the Caledonian and Acadian orogenies looking at the tectonic, igneous, climatic and evolutionary changes that occurred. Centred on the beautiful borders town of Kelso this field trip will explore some of the classic coastal exposures in Berwickshire and Northumberland including Hutton’s Unconformity and the northernmost outcrop of the Whin Sill on Lindisfarne. There will also be an opportunity to explore the Cheviot volcanic complex and other magnificent landforms underpinned by magmatic activity.
The area also happens to be riddled with great history, archaeology and natural history which will inevitably find its way into the schedule, not least because the geology and landscape have had a hand in their making.
Contact: Nicole Gay
The Mendips consist of a series of four E-W oriented en echelon periclines, produced at the end of N-directed thrusts, part of the northernmost fold belt of the Variscan Orogeny, and involving shelf sediments and volcanics of Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous age. Following deep erosion during the Permian and early Triassic, a landscape not dissimilar to today’s was gradually buried by desert and later marine marine deposits of Upper Triassic to Jurassic age, and eventually exhumed by modern removal of the Upper Jurassic and Cretaceous cover.
Contact: Nicole Gay