A Story of Drifting Continents

Ref: C3127127

Continental Drift emerged as a clear scientific proposal through Wegener's work (1915) and since then has rapidly gained credibility through developments such as plate tectonics and palaeomagnetism. These theories satisfactorily explain the main features of the present Earth's surface from the deepest ocean trench to the highest mountain range. We will explore how these movements defined Herefordshire's geological past and still control its present unique landscape..

Course aim

To develop the key concepts behind continental drift and that the uppermost layers of our planet are in constant motion. We can then explore how such movements have controlled the various events that have formed Herefordshire's present landscape.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Appreciate that the uppermost layers of our planet are in constant motion;
  • Understand that these movements control the formation of the Earth's major features and have been occurring throughout geological time;
  • Appreciate that these movements have also initiated climate changes that have had a profound effect on the formation of local rock successions and their resultant landscapes.
  • Understand the appearance of local rock strata and their contained fossils through classroom study.

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
  • Each classroom session will involve practical work on local rocks and fossils.

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Students are encouraged to bring any local rock types and/or fossils to add to those on display from the tutor's collection.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The tutor will bring various texts and maps to the classroom sessions and recommend certain books for optional further study.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The tutor will provide details of local geological societies which offer monthly talks and local field excursions such as the Woolhope Club (Hereford) and the Teme Valley Geological Society in West Worcestershire.

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A Story of Drifting Continents

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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