The Geology of Arran

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Suitable for beginners, join Karl Egeland-Eriksen for a wide-ranging introduction to the geology of Arran.

Course tutor: Karl Egeland-Eriksen

Course length: 5 weekly sessions, Monday evenings 7.00-8.30pm

Course structure: This is an online course held via Zoom. Please ensure you have the right system requirements for accessing Zoom before booking, as we have a no-refunds policy.

Course cost: £38 / £33 concession*

*Concessions (60 years and over/disabled/unemployed). Click on 'Enter promo code' and enter 'NHSN1', then click 'Apply' before proceeding to checkout.

The Isle of Arran has been described as ‘Scotland in miniature’ and as telling ‘Scotland’s geological story, all in one place’. At only 167 square miles, remarkably, this piece of the Earth’s crust in the Firth of Clyde preserves an almost complete record of the geological history of Scotland (and for that matter, the UK as a whole). The rocks present cover a period of nearly 500 million years from the early Cambrian to the Palaeogene, with a bit of Quaternary landscaping added. Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are to be found in abundance.

This 5-week course will explain the evolution of Arran using the evidence provided in the rocks exposed on this pretty little island. If you haven’t been there already, you will want to go once you’ve finished this course. With so much to cover, this course should be suitable for those with only a basic knowledge of geology but also informative for those with a better understanding of the subject.

Please note there will be a 1-week break around 31 May to coincide with the half-term.


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