Geology of East Lothian

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.

  • 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.

Geology of East Lothian

Hope Rooms, 34 Forth Street, North Berwick EH39 4JD
Start date
Duration
2 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Wed 16 & Thu 17 Aug, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Subject Area
Tutor
Angus D Miller
Price
£70.00
Address
Hope Rooms, 34 Forth Street, North Berwick EH39 4JD
Time of Day
Daytime

Day 1 : Classroom introduction to the rocks and landscapes of East Lothian;

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

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

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.

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