100 Years of the Geology at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

When its doors opened on Wednesday 12th December 2012 the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery (DMAG) celebrated 100 years of geology being on display. For centuries geology has played an important role within the Dudley area and to the local community. According to current DMAG Keeper of Geology, Graham Worton, ‘The 100th anniversary will kick [...]

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Snowball Earth – The argument against…

In last week’s blog I outlined the evidence put forward for a worldwide glaciation in the Neoproterozoic, supported by geophysical and geochemical evidence. However, as with all ground breaking developments, other geologists look at the exposures and geophysical data and come to rather different conclusions. The basis of the idea is generated by the Neoproterozoic [...]

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Snowball Earth – The argument for…

Worldwide Precambrian tillites have been recognised for some time. The closest to us is the Port Askaig Tillite in the Dalradian. Many contain striated boulders; the Smalfjord diamictite in northern Norway rests upon a striated pavement. The term diamictite is now generally used for tillites and rocks with a similar lithology. As geological knowledge and [...]

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Libyan Desert Silica Glass

This mysterious material was ‘rediscovered’ in December 1932 by Patrick Clayton whilst leading an expedition for the Egyptian ‘Desert Surveys Department’ across the Great Sand Sea of the western desert, near the Libyan border. It was found lying around in some quantity in the open ‘streets’ between ranks of high longitudinal dunes and has since [...]

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Minibeasts of Dudley

This is an extract from the newsletter of The ‘Black Country Geological Society‘, No. 201 June 2010. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. Last summer a number of different research opportunities arose at Dudley Museum. They began last spring when Graham Worton spent a [...]

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A Quick Guide to the Isle of Skye, Scotland

This is an extract from the newsletter of The ‘Black Country Geological Society‘, No. 197 October 2009. This was part of the regular section entitled ‘The Dudley Bug’ written by members Alison Roberts and Chris Broughton. The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebridean Islands with an area of 3000Km2. Portree is the [...]

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Siluria Revisited 2011

Last week, I attended the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy Conference in Ludlow, Shropshire.  This is where geologists from around the globe share their research and knowledge on the Silurian Geological Period. But my Silurian story began two years ago… In the summer of 2009, stabilisation works took place within the Step Shaft Mine beneath [...]

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Shropshire Six Summits Challenge 2011, now with added rocks!

Last weekend on Saturday 18th June 2011, I was part of a team which walked 36 miles over the six highest summits in Shropshire to raise money for the local search and rescue team known as the Severn Area Rescue Association, Wyre Forest Station. Along the gruelling journey we passed over some astounding geological formations. [...]

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Only a geologist would buy a thing like this…

My first rock ‘n’ gem show  for three years promised to be an expensive day, so I bulked up my wallet and headed down to Cheltenham Racecourse last month to expand my collection. As I entered the show hall I had that un-natural geological excitement at the sight of “pretty rocks”. The traders had to [...]

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Ammonite bite marks!

I was reading an article last month in Deposits magazine about the evidence for belemnite’s praying on ammonites during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. A few weeks ago I was asked to produce a geology education pack combining rocks, fossils and mineral specimens from Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery. After searching through the huge and diverse range [...]

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