Field study day for Level 2 course at TILL

Saturday, 24th March saw an intrepid band of students on the Field ID and Recording Practice course at The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Sheffield head out into the field to learn key principles of geological fieldwork.

The morning was thick with fog as I led them to some detailed sedimentary geology recording at an outcrop of Rough Rock sandstone at Whirlowdale Brook, west of Sheffield. By the time we arrived at Burbage in the eastern Peak District the sun broke through and a warm afternoon saw investigation of a little-visited site, Callow Bank, where the effects of interbedded sandstones and mudstones on hydrology, springlines and geomorphology was clearly in evidence. Having made our survey there, we then traversed back over into Burbage and, using our knowledge of the elevation of the springline at Callow, successfully detected the ‘other side’ of the water table in the Burbage Valley.

For me, a fantastic first experience leading a field day and thanks to all the students on ACE2335 for making it so.

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About Jon Bridge

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering School of Engineering, University of Liverpool

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