Field Geology of the Glamorgan Coast
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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The spectacular cliffs of the Glamorgan coast provide wonderful exposures of rocks and fossils which tell a tale of changing environments through time, from tropical seas to hot deserts and back to marine conditions. This course, which combines evening meetings with three days in the field, will demonstrate how to read the story in the rocks. No previous knowledge of geology will be assumed.
Please note that you will need to make your own travel arrangements for the field trips.
Topics to be covered
- Introduction to geology and earth materials; introduction to the Glamorgan coast
- The regional geological context
- Geology in the field: Penarth
- Geology in the field: Barry
- Geology in the field: Ogmore-by-Sea
Who is this course for?
Anyone who has, or wishes to develop, an interest in geology and the outdoors.
Learning and Teaching
Lectures, including the use of rocks samples where available and other visual and hands-on media. Practical work in the field.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Assessment will take the form of set in-class and field exercises based on course work, plus a summary report on the geology of the Glamorgan coast.
- Howe, S.R., Owen, G. & Sharpe, T., 2004. Walking the rocks. Six walks discovering geology along the Glamorgan coast. Geologists’ Association – South Wales Group.
- Perkins, J.W., Gayer, R.A., Baker, J.W. & Williams, G.D. 1979. Glamorgan Heritage Coast. A guide to its geology. Second edition. Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
- Waters, R.A. & Lawrence, D.J.D. 1987. Geology of the South Wales Coalfield, Part III, the country around Cardiff. Memoir for 1:50,000 geological sheet 263 (England and Wales), third edition. London: HMSO.
- Williams, A., Davies, P. & Caldwell, N. 1997. Coastal processes and landforms, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
- Wilson, D., Davies, J.R., Fletcher, C.J.N. & Smith, M. 1990. Geology of the South Wales Coalfield, Part VI, the country around Bridgend. Memoir for 1:50,000 geological sheet 261 and 262 (England and Wales), second edition. London: HMSO.
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(029) 2087 0000.
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