Open Hertitage Day tour – Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Heritage Open Day tour of Wolverhampton Art Gallery was given in three parts, the first part was led by the Collections Manager, Rachel Lambert-Jones. Rachel took us down to the Resource Centre where they hold some of their stored collections of approximately 1800 objects including fine art, sculpture and their weird and wonderful items [...]

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Rock with laughter

This short but amusing extract entitled ‘Geobabble’ was taken from the newsletter of the Black Country Geological Society number 187, December 2007. It reveals that even minerals can have a sense of humour at this festive time of year. Petrology deals with the origin, composition, structure, and alteration of rocks. To do this geologists slice up perfectly good [...]

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My favorite fireworks

Vesuvius is the most famous volcano in the world, probably because of its eruption in AD 70 which buried several Roman settlements, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. This was recorded by Pliny the Younger after Pliny the Elder died, apparently of a heart attack rather than directly by the eruption. It is regarded as the most [...]

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A stirring Icelandic giant

This guest blog provides us with an interesting update about the Icelandic volcano called Katla, which has been predicted to erupt shortly after the eruption of it’s ash bellowing neighbour Ejafjallajokull. The 2010 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Ejafjallajokull, produced dust clouds which played havoc with air travel in North West Europe, as airlines had to err [...]

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Ore inspiring

This is an extract from ‘The Dudley Bug’ section in the Black Country Geological Society newsletter 209: October 2011. Today we use metal for practically everything, over the last 50 years uses and demand for metals has increased due to their properties. The most common metals we use in today’s modern society include copper, aluminium, [...]

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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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Geology Matters Launch Event

Last Thursday saw me pulling on my walking boots to join a group of geology enthusiasts on a tour of three sites in the Black Country, chosen to illustrate the geological diversity of the area.  The sites were Barr Beacon, Barrow Hill and Dudley’s’ Limestone Mines. Although I have lived on the edge of the [...]

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What is an igneous rock?

Igneous rocks are hot molten rocks which rise towards the surface. The term igneous originated from the Latin term ignis which means ‘fire’. In order for them to begin to melt temperatures can be anything from 700°C. They begin to melt down within the deep crust or upper mantle and because the molten rock has [...]

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