The geology beneath British landscapes
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS117
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
.The landscape of Britain has a diversity in rock types unmatched in the world. Few truly know about the exciting history of this island. The tectonic activity, the ancient volcanoes, the effects of the Last Ice Age on the landscape and much, much more. This course will focus on providing you with the knowledge you will find useful to look at the British landscape differently. It will be especially useful to those who, love the great outdoors and enjoy wandering through pristine landscapes, like the Lake District and Peak District. The geological history of the island will be told through key sites throughout the UK, that you can visit for yourself. You will be shown how to identify rocks and the equipment you may need to assist you.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
1. Understanding Rocks: Types and how to identify them
2. Beautiful landscapes
3. Landscapes of historical and scientific importance
5. Coastal landscapes
6. Contorted landscapes
7. Ancient volcanic landscapes
8. Glacial landscapes
9. Archaeological landscapes
10. Resources and final Q&A.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify different types of rocks
• Navigate the online geological map of Britain
• Discuss the formation of different landscape types
• View the landscapes you visit with a new appreciation for the power of tectonics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However,
you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A combination of presentations, video, question and answer and practical work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notepad and pen. No other costs for the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS263 Top garden plants
HS264 Summer trees
HS172 An introduction to London's woodlands
HS265 Discover Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead: an illustrated talk
HS266 Discover Battersea Park: an illustrated talk.
Charles T. G. Clarke hails from the Republic of Ireland. He specialises in Archaeology and Human Evolutionary research. With a Bacholar of Science in Applied Archaeology from the Institute of Technology Sligo and a Master of Science in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology (IOA) University College London (UCL). His work touches on aspects of the geological sciences from radiometric dating to an understanding of rock formation. He currently works as a Commercial Archaeologist with Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) in the Republic of Ireland.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.