A Geological History of Britain – part 4

Old Lost Sea – the Iapetus Ocean and the Cambrian-Ordovician geology of Britain

The lecture notes to the class can be found here – 2012_GHB_Lect4

Palaeogeographical maps of Europe through time can be found in Ron Blakey’s library (Click here)

Palaeogeographical maps can also be found at Chris Scotese’s Paleomap website (Click here).

J. Tuzo Wilson’s seminal paper, ‘Did The Atlantic Ocean Close And Then Re-Open?’ can be found here – Tuzo_Wilson1966_Did_Atlantic_Reopen

An excellent run-through of the stages of the Wilson Cycle is available at the James Madison University website (Click here). Useful information can also be found from the University of Leicester (Click here).

The US Geological Survey has also published an excellent online guide to plate tectonics, This Dynamic Earth, which can be found here.

Regional geology

For an introduction to the geology of Pembrokeshire, click here.

For the story of Paradoxides davidis, the Cambrian trilobite that revealed an ocean, click here. A really excellent online guide to trilobites can be found here.

For a guide to the volcanic geology of Strumble Head, near Fishguard, click here.

For an explanation of ophiolites, focussing on an Iapetus example from Newfoundland, click here.

For a brief overview of Newfoundland’s role in the story of the Iapetus Ocean, click here.

Other links

A brief biography of Adam Sedgwick, father of the Cambrian, can be found here.

Simon Winchester’s book Atlantic is a good read.

A Geological History of Britain – Part 3

The Precambrian of England and Wales

The lecture notes for the class can be found here: 2012_GHB_Lect3.

The Precambrian Rocks of England and Wales (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) – the webpage can be found here, the first chapter can be found here, and a list of the geological localities can be found here.

The Neoproterozoic of England and Wales (Geological Society) can be found here.

GeoMon, an excellent new website on the geology of Anglesey can be accessed by clicking here.  (Should you wish to delve further, the paper comparing the Monian Terrane with modern-day Japan can be found here).

Case study – the Precambrian rocks and fossils of Charnwood:

The British Geological Survey has produced a series of geological walk guidebooks, including one on Charnwood Forest and Mountsorrel (Click here to find out how to buy it through the Ordnance Survey shop).

A guide to the geology of Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood, Leicestershire, has also been produced by the Natural Environment Research Council (Click here).

David Attenborough discusses the importance of the discovery of Precambrian fossils in Leicestershire (click here to listen).

Charnia @ 50 – a meeting held at Leicester University in 2007 to celebrate 50 years since the discovery of the Charnian fossils (Click here to read my report).

Other links

If you want to find out more about Aspidella terranovica, the fossil specimens from Newfoundland I showed in class, I have written a short piece about them here.

A Geological History of Britain – Part 2

Files, notes and links for the 2nd class: The Precambrian-Cambrian of Scotland

Lecture slides (as a pdf) – 2012_GHB_Lect2

The Geological Society: Lewisian, Torridonian and Moine (Click here)

The Geological Society: Dalradian (Click here)

Assynt’s geology – excellent and very detailed Leeds University site (Click here)

A document produced by the Joint Nature Conservancy Council, giving an introduction to and overview of the Precambrian geological history of Scotland (Click here)

The Highlands Controversy by David R. Oldroyd (Click here for more info)

A Geological History of Britain – Part 1

A few links for my University of York Lifelong Learning course:

The 1st lecture –  2012_GHB_Lect1

British Geological Survey – free “Climate Through Time” poster (Click here)

British Geological Survey – Open Geoscience resources (Click here)

Woodcock & Strachan (2012) Geological History of Britain & Ireland (Click here for the Student Companion site)

Geology Rocks – Tutorials on regional geology (Click here)

In Our Time, BBC Radio 4 – “The Geological Formation of Britain” (Click here)

And if you need mnemonics to help you remember the periods of geological time, I have produced some suggestions here.