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Edinburgh's landscape is dominated by the seven hills. Each has a hard core of igneous rock, and they have been altered and eroded by natural forces and human activity. This course will include an introductory classroom session and excursions by minibus to the Seven Hills to get a glimpse into the varied geological history of Edinburgh.
No prior knowledge required.
We walk at a slow pace with frequent stops, with a total walking distance of less than 5 miles each day. The excursions are suitable for anyone used to walking. We will sometimes leave the beaten track and the surface may be rough or slippery. You will need footwear with a good tread (walking boots are recommended) and waterproof clothing.
Day 1: classroom session, introduction to the rocks of Edinburgh and the formation of edinburgh's hills; afternoon excursion to Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.
Day 2: minibus tour of Edinburgh's hills with short walks and outdoor tutoring at Blackford Hill, Costorphine Hill and Carlton Hill.
Lectures and excursions.
By the end of the course, students will have gained:
McAdam, D., 1996. Edinburgh: A Landscape Fashioned by Geology. Edinburgh: SNH/BGS.
Land, D., 1995. Discovering Edinburgh's Volcano. Edinburgh: EGS/SNH/Historic Scotland.
Gillen, C., 2003. Geology and Landscapes of Scotland.UK: Terra Publishing.
Handouts will be provided.
If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email StudentSupport.COL@ed.ac.uk or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.