24-26 April 2020
The Carboniferous of the Midland Valley
The Spireslack abandoned opencast mine in Ayrshire (south of Glasgow) offers a spectacular opportunity to examine many aspects of Carboniferous geology of the Midland Valley in Scotland. During this 1.5 day field trip, which will be led by Graham Leslie and Mike Browne from the British Geological Survey, we will be looking at the sedimentology, structural geology, palaeontology and economic geology of Carboniferous coal bearing strata that have been of great importance in the past. Given the recent activity around the southern margin of the Mid North Sea High, where age-equivalent rocks are found prospective, this field trip offers a good opportunity to study analogues in the field.
Price includes two nights in a hotel in the Cumnock area (single-room), travel by minibus from Aberdeen and back, pick-up from Glagow Airport if required, Friday and Saturday evening meals, packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday and a field trip guide). Please note, this event will be cancelled in the event of insufficient uptake.
Friday 24 April – Arrival in village of Cumnock – late afternoon or early evening.
Saturday 25 April – One day visit to Spireslack abandoned opencast mine. During the evening a short lecture will be given by the field trip leaders to put the observations of the day into a more regional and scientific context.
Sunday 26 April (am) – Visit of a few geological sites to further put the geology of the Midland Valley in context. The field trip will draw to a close after lunch around 1 pm.