Lower Sixth Form Geology Trip

On Friday 16 June, the Lower Sixth Geology students went on a trip to Dorset as part of their A2 Geology course.

After a four-hour journey, their first destination was the spectacular Stair Hole. Here, they studied key features such as the famous crumple and measured the direction of dips of the beds and when it was formed.

They then walked to Lulworth Cove, a UNESCO world heritage site. At the cove, they were able to view the spectacular scenery and study the beds and the different types of rocks, such as the Purbeck beds, the Greensands and the Chalk. In the evening, they walked down to Durdle Door, which is a natural limestone arch with a definite wow-factor.

Day Two of the trip began by driving to Worbarrow Bay. Students studied the geological features of this landmark such as the types of rocks that made the beds (e.g. The Wealden Sands and the Portland Stone). After this, they explored the deserted village of Tyneham and visited some of the remains of houses and schools.

In the afternoon, they visited a fossil museum where they explored the different types of fossils found in Kimmeridge Bay. The visit to Kimmeridge Bay also introduced the study on the origins and migration of oil and which rocks they can be found in, such as the reservoir rock.

On the final day, they headed to Swanage to visit the Dancing Ledge. Here, students studied the key features of the beds such as the direction and the angle in which they are dipping at and the distance between various points in the area. Students enjoyed exploring the many geological areas and features that Dorset has to offer.