RAMBLE AT RAVENSCAR: The History and Geology of the Landscape | Day School

Ref: C3668126

The history and geology of this stunning landscape. Explore Jurassic geology and the effects of ice and sea on the seascape and structure of Robin Hood’s Bay, and also examine in detail the historic alum works and quarries.

Course aim

An introduction to the landscape, geology and history of the area around Ravenscar, including basic concepts in geology and earth history.

Who is the course for?

A reasonable level of fitness is required.

What topics will this course cover

An introduction to the Jurassic geology of the area, including the dome structure of the bay. A brief look at the timezones displayed across the bay. An examination of the effects of ice sheets on the coastal landscape, and a study of the historic sites of alum processing. All this will involve quite lengthy walks on sloping tracks.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Show an understanding of basic geology of the coast. Demonstrate understanding of how ice sheets have affected present day landscapes. Demonstrate knowledge of the historic alum industry and its connection to local geology and landscape. Show an ability to interpret landscape at a basic level.

How will I know I'm making progress?

During this outdoor course students will be asked to undertake tasks. They will be guided through these, given formal assessment and asked to provide feedback.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Stout walking boots and waterproof clothing will be needed [depending on the weather]. Also pens and notebooks. We will return to the start of the walk at lunchtime: students can either bring lunch or use nearby outlets

Reading and information sources

Desirable: The Dinosaur Coast Pocket Edition [available from the tutor]

What could the course lead to?

Further Reading: Rawson & Wright: GA Guide to the Yorkshire Coast; The Floating Egg by Roger Oborne There are organised walks provided by organisations like Hidden Horizons and the Rotunda Geology Group

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RAMBLE AT RAVENSCAR: The History and Geology of the Landscape | Day School Course Outline

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