GeoWeek: Gold in them thar Burton Dassett hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold! – Sunday 12 May 10:30 am

Event Details

Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for?

Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills, Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) With the WGCG – All-day parking £2.

The views are great but what’s this ‘outlier’ beneath your feet? How come those hills are still there after millions of years and English weather erosion? And what’s the truth about ‘outlier’? Fault lines? Are there any? Did they cause an earth tremor or earthquake? Do we still get earth tremors in Warwickshire? If, Yes, why? Find out more and hear from Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group ( geologist John Crossling assisted by volunteers.

The group will explore the various geological horizons exposed across the hills and work out past environments and relationships between the exposed features.  They will also work out a structural surprise that is not immediately obvious.

John will lead the walk to see fossils and talk about the geology, industrial archaeology and changing economics which brought mineral extraction to an end. Which mineral? Which metal? How did it get there?  John is always ready to chat about rocks, fossils and geology.
  • Puzzled by a rock or a fossil? Bring it along. Let’s see if we can define what it really is.
The walk offered free by the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group as part of GeoWeek, a nationwide initiative that seeks to introduce the public to parts of their local landscape, shaped over millions of years by geological processes.
Burton Dassett Hills tower

Burton Dassett Hills tower

Are the Burton Dassett Hills magnetic? Why? Find out Sunday 12 May[/caption]

Event location – More info

Other local open events by WGCG for Geoweek are –

  • ‘Walk 600 million years in 20-minutes at the Brandon Marsh GeoWall’ Event location and details
    Sunday 5th May, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm various times.  A geological timeline wall walk at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Brandon March Visitor Centre
  • ‘Upton House Reveals its Secret Hidden in the Stones’, A geological tour of Upton House and gardens
    Tuesday 7th May 11.30 – 16:00 – at various times during the day. See Event info and details
  • ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre (approx 1 hour)
    Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm No need to book ahead. See: Event and location details
  • ‘Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’’ – A guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth” (approx 1½ hours)
    Thursday 9th May, Kenilworth, Meet 2 pm, Abbey Fields Car Park – 2 hours parking free with ticket. Event and location details