The life and times of Dr Fossil

  This weeks blog is an extract from the newsletter of the Black Country Geological Society entitled ’The Dudley Bug’ in which we have produced a special edition world exclusive report. Little has been known about this man of science…that is until now! Over the past few months we have tracked down the elusive Dr Fossil to explore his [...]

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A boring old bunch? I don’t think so…

As a geologist I can never go anywhere without being easily distracted, for example I’m sure people (mainly women) often think I am ‘eyeing’ them up, when in actual fact there is an interesting sedimentary structure preserved in the wall behind them. Likewise, walking through shopping centres, I am probably branded a complete nutcase when walking [...]

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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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Erratic ice of the Black Country

This is an extract from the Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) Newsletter 210 December 2011. In many of the articles I have read about local glacial erratics, there arise the problems related to age; which glaciation was responsible for their transport and deposition. I thought that with a few days concentrated research I might throw [...]

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Ice age britain and climate change

Graham Worton the current curator and Keeper of Geology at Dudley Museum & Art Gallery tells us how the advance and retreat of ice has caused the Black Country to rebound and how the Stour Valley would once have been home to hippos and lions.

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