Asia Pacific Conference – Dorset Field Trip

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29 June - 1 July 2018


Family-friendly field trip led by Andy Racey, Andy Racey Geoscience Ltd. run in conjunction with Asia Pacific Conference

This field trip visits the classic, well-exposed Jurassic-Cretaceous outcrops of the Wessex Basin on the south Dorset Coast, a designated world heritage site of major geological interest (academic and commercial). The area provides easy access to examples of all parts of a hydrocarbon system; source, reservoir, seal and structure. At Kimmeridge Bay the classic source rocks of the Upper Jurassic Kimmeridge Clay Formation will be examined and we will be accompanied by Dr Steve Etches OBE who will provide a guided tour of the bay from which fossils may be collected. Lulworth Cove will be visited on the second day where we will examine outcrops of the Upper Cretaceous Chalk, Lower Cretaceous Greensand, oil-stained Wealden fluvial sandstones and the folds and faults within the Upper Jurassic Portland Stone and Purbeck formations of Stair Hole. We will then go to Osmington Mills to look at the Upper Jurassic Bencliff Sandstones and their trace fossils, oil staining and sedimentary structures. On the last morning we will visit the Etches Collection Museum for a guided tour and time to view this extensive collection of Kimmeridgian fossils including many marine reptiles, (Ichthyosaurs and Pliosaurs), Pterosaurs, cuttlefish and many more. In the afternoon folks are free to visit various tourist attractions in the area (Corfe Castle, Dorset Steam Railway, Bovington Tank Museum).


 Ticket includes includes minibus travel between locations for the weekend, a field guide and entrance/talk at the Etches Collection. Please note that this price does not include accommodation which will need to be booked separately. 

Meeting point: Friday 29th June 12:15 Poole Strain Station

Finish point: Sunday 1st July 15:30 Poole Train Station

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