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Upcoming events of general geological interest in Dorset, and the surrounding region, are listed below.
Get involved! For geoconservation work parties, see the Dorset’s Important Geological Sites (DIGS) events list.
The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark
September 11 - September 14
DGAG Residential Weekend. We will be visiting the Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark on the weekend of the 11th to 14th September 2020. Please note that this is a change from the original dates in May.
It should be a fabulous trip to a fascinating area in terms of its geology. The region is the source of vast quantities of minerals that powered the industrial revolution.
The oldest rock layers are limestones and shales full of shelly fossils and coral reefs which lived and died there. They are 428 million years old formed in the Silurian Period and were formed when this area was under a shallow sea. Then we will also find layers from the Carboniferous Period containing seams of ironstone, fireclay and coal with a range of fossils plants and insects, formed when the Black Country was covered in huge steamy rainforests. 250 million years ago the landscape dried out to become a scorching desolate desert in the Permian and Triassic time Periods. We will see evidence of this as well as the effects of the Ice Age 2.6 million years ago.
We are very fortunate to have Graham Worton running the trip on Saturday 12th September. He is a exceptional geologist and the person who is in charge of the Black Country Geopark. He communicates very well as we found out when he took us round the Wren’s Nest two years ago.
On the Sunday, Andrew Harrison, one of the local members of the Black Country Geological Society, is coming round with us.
Noel Donnelly from DGAG is our Trip Coordinator and sorting out the programme for the weekend.
The proposed itinerary and further information on the Black Country Geopark, including all the Geosites, is attached below.
Recommended accommodation is: Travelodge Dudley Town Centre, Discovery Way, Dudley DY1 4SQ.
Please contact Val Fogarty (DGAG Field Trip Officer) to book a place.