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Geology of East Lothian

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Explore the geological history of East Lothian, discovering the processes that have created today's beautiful coastal landscape and offshore islands. Intense volcanic activity 350 million years ago formed tough igneous rocks, but softer sedimentary rocks are also present and contain clues to past environments.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed. Some off-road walking along beaches and rough paths. Participants need to be used to walking on rough ground, but the distances are short (total 4 miles over the course of the day). Participants should wear good walking footwear and warm, waterproof clothing.

Content of Course

Day 1 : Meet in North Berwick for a classroom introduction to the rocks and landscapes of East Lothian, followed by a walking excursion in along the shore at North Berwick.

Day 2: Minibus excursion (departing from Edinburgh or North Berwick) to St Baldred's Cradle and Barns Ness, near Dunbar. Return to Edinburgh.

Teaching method(s)

Lecture-based indoor introduction with map observation. Outdoor learning focussed on what students can directly observe and experience.

Learning outcomes

  • Appreciate how the modern landscape of East Lothian has been formed;
  • Recognise the main rock types found in the area, and appreciate their links to the landscape and their use by people;
  • Appreciate that the long, slow story of change that has created this area continues with modern processes.

Sources

Core Readings

D McAdam & P Stone, 1997. ‘Landscape fashioned by geology’ - East Lothian and the Borders. SNH – available online at

http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/geology/eastlothianborders.pdf

Web Sources

http://www.scottishgeology.com/

 

http://www.edinburghgeolsoc.org/r_download.html

Class Handouts

A4 pdf leaflets for North Berwick & Dunbar:

 

http://www.edinburghgeolsoc.org/downloads/rigsleaflet_northberwicka4.pdf

 

Class handouts will be provided.

Student support

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.