|Leah and Peter with their supervisory team from Leicester &|
BGS (from left: Melanie Leng, Peter Saycie, Mike Stephenson,
Leah Nolan, Sarah Davies and Vanessa Banks)
Spotting the geologists was an easy task as we arrived in the village of Monyash in the Peak District last Sunday. Sat outside the local cafe were three people from the British Geological Survey with their boots, hammers and compasses at the ready, looking at maps of the local area – these were my guides for the day! The point was to introduce me (and MGeol student Peter Saycie) to some of the local geology that I will be studying for the next three years. We soon set off in the sunshine down Lathkill Dale, a dry valley cut by huge rivers that would have flooded through the Dales over the Quaternary when glaciers retreated at the end of ancient glaciations. We aimed to look at Lower Carboniferous limestones, find the famous Gigantoproductid fossil bed (which I have been working on as part of my MGeol thesis over the past year), and start to think about a plan for my thesis research which is due to start in October.
|Leah and fellow student Peter looking at brachiopods |
in the fallen blocks within Ricklow Quarry in Lathkill Dale
At the end of the day we visited Butt Quarry near Worksop where we hoped to see the equivalent limestones, unfortunately the brachiopods were about 100m up the quarry face and not easily accessible! However what was interesting is that the quarry shows numerous faults and late stage fluids have brought lead ores that penetrate the limestones – these mineral rich veins must have been an added bonus when they were quarrying the limestone. Overall a good day was had by all. I left with more question about the area than when I arrived with, but that’s the point of a PhD (right!?!?). I am excited to get stuck in and look forward to spending more time in the Dales...I have a feeling that myself and the local campsite owner are soon to become good friends. Roll on October...and another blog...
|Lathkill Dale in the Peak District which contains some |
spectacular Lower Carboniferous limestones