Field Trip

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Jurassic Coast Field Trip – A Walk Through Time

The Jurassic Coast of Southwest England is a World Heritage Site and an area of outstanding international importance for Earth Sciences. The layers of sedimentary rock along the Jurassic Coast can be read like a book. They reveal the history of Earth across 185 million years and form a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Exploring this immense story takes us on a walk through time across deserts, tropical seas, ancient forests and lush swamps, recorded in rock and laid out along the 95 mile stretch of coast between Exmouth in East Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset (Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site).

The Jurassic Coast also provides unparalleled exposure of reservoirs that are direct analogues to a major producing oilfield in the Wessex Basin. Good access and local facilities combine to make this a popular destination for field trips for UK universities, schools, and oil industry professionals. The outstanding geology, combined with stunning scenery and excellent local food provide the ingredients for an informative and enjoyable field trip.

From Exmouth in the west, to Poole Harbour at the east, a large number of potential field locations provide flexibility and opportunities to customise the theme of the excursion. The Sherwood Sandstone, Bridport Sands and Frome Clay Limestone constitute the reservoir units of the Wytch Farm oilfield which provide the framework in which to explore this working petroleum system.

London Building Stone Field Trip – Soft Rock, Hard Rock and a Trace of Heavy Metal

This is a guided walking tour of the building stones and architecture of the area around Piccadilly, London which will take place in the early evening of Monday and Tuesday (possibly also Wednesday) following the conference programme. The tour commences outside of the Geological Society of London in Piccadilly and continues along St James’s Street, Pall Mall and Lower Regent Street before returning to the Geological Society. The itinerary comprises more than 40 ‘outcrops’ with examples of many interesting rocks such as Precambrian Jasper, a variety of granites, serpentinite and beautiful fossiliferous limestones and marbles. There is some splendid architecture with designs by famous British architects. You will also hear interesting tales relating to some of the characters who lived in these buildings.This entertaining tour, which is essentially on level terrain, takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and will conclude with a visit to a traditional London public house that serves a good selection of real ales. Robert Leppard has 30 years experience of leading this trip.