Rocks & Soils

A service which can be conducted in Carding Mill Valley, where we can explain about the formation of the hills and nearby volcanoes, examine strata and conduct tests on metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rock samples. Indoor testing of samples for texture, hardness, permeability, colour, calcium content and density. Use of microscopes and hand lenses. Go hunting for 520 million year old evidence of raindrops or ripple marks, and examine stream bedload for proofs of erosion.

A combination of half a day spent in CMV and the afternoon on Wenlock Edge makes an ideal day's work. On the visit to Wenlock Edge we vist Lea Quarry, exploring Wenlock Edge coral reef strata for fossils and examining the industrial archaeology of restored lime kilns. This 420 million year old Silurian limestone contrasts well with Long Mynd's older Pre Cambrian rocks. This fits well with KS1 and 2 Mountain Building, soils and rocks. At KS3 and 4 the study of Limestone, Rocks & Quarrying along with the associated Industrial Archaeology supplemets many GCSE topics .

In this service we guarantee one adult leader per group of 15 students.

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