A Story of Drifting Continents

Ref: C3126116

Classic continental drift theory suggested that clues to the Earth's past lay on its ocean floors, a thought that has now been expanded and refined into our current global tectonic theories. We will highlight how these important continental movements controlled the early seas that once covered Herefordshire and were responsible for the formation of past mountain ranges all of which will act as a backdrop to the rocks, fossils and familiar landscapes of the Marches.

Course aim

To introduce the key principles behind the concept of continental drift which was only firmly accepted by the scientific community with the arrival of plate tectonics in the mid 1960s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate that continental drift has initiated climatic changes that have influenced our local rock succession;
  • Understand that these movements control the formation of the deepest oceans and the highest mountains throughout geological time;
  • Identify key local rock types and their contained fossil groups.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The tutor will provide rock, mineral and fossil specimens mainly drawn from local sites to illustrate the key points surrounding continental drift and also to use in the various practical identification exercises.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A notebook and pencil would be useful but not essential. Examination of the various geological specimens is aided by the use of a reading glass or hand lens - the tutor will be able to provide some of these.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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A Story of Drifting Continents

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