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Glen Esk re-run due to popular demand, book your place now!

Mon 03 July 2017

Category: Aberdeen, Field Trips

The Old Red Sandstone and Highland Border Complex at Glen Esk field trip ran on the 29th April and was a sell out success! To allow those people who were unable to get tickets the first time the trip is being re run on the 30th September 2017.

This fieldtrip will examine the excellent exposures along the River Esk, on the Aberdeenshire-Angus border in NE Scotland. North of Gannochy Bridge, the exposures provide a section through the northern limb of the Strathmore Syncline, which formed in the middle Devonian adjacent to the Highland Boundary Fault. The early Devonian, Lower Old Red Sandstone continental alluvial succession alternates between coarse-grained conglomerates, thick multi-storey sandstone packages and more thinly-bedded sheet sandstone units. The steeply dipping nature of the outcrop allow inspection of the temporal changes in the stratigraphic architecture. The early Devonian section overlies a substantial thickness of Siluro-Ordocivian marine sands, shales and basic igneous rocks of the Highland Border Complex, which record the deposition within, and the closure of the Iapetus Ocean.

The Glen Esk section is located approximately 1 mile north of Edzell, and is approximately 30 miles south from Aberdeen. The fieldtrip will consist of a gentle 3 mile riverside walk through the scenic and popular “Blue Door” walk of the Burn estate along a well-defined path that can be muddy in places. A small number of localities require decent of steep path to the river side, which may be slippery. This trip would be of interest to those working in continental alluvial reservoirs in the subsurface, but is mainly intended to show some of the local geology of the Aberdeenshire area.

Find out more information and book your place here.

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