A Geological History of Yorkshire

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Middle Jurassic trace fossils from the Yorkshire coast

Below are materials and links for my course ‘A Geological History of Yorkshire’

PowerPoint slideshow:

PDF handout of slideshow:

Geological timescale (International Commission on Stratigraphy): https://stratigraphy.org/chart

The rock cycle: http://geologycafe.com/erosion/rock_cycle_illustrated.html

John Phillips’ 1855 geological map of Yorkshire: http://www.geology.19thcenturyscience.org/books/1855-Phillips-Yorkshire/figures/1855-Phillips-Yorkshire-p0030.jpg

An introduction to the geological history of Yorkshire is provided by the Yorkshire Geological Society here, in the online version of their Yorkshire Rocks & Landscapes field guide.

For a broader overview of the geology of Northern England, this page from the British Geological Survey is very helpful.

The summary of Yorkshire’s geological history comes from the British Geological Survey’s Earthwise website and can be viewed online here.


Earth scientist in North Yorkshire, fossilist on the Cote de Saur. Director of the Yorkshire Fossil Festival and palaeontologist for hire. Can be found twittering and facebooking as @fossiliam.