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Earth Science Week 2016: The Durham Coast - 300 million years of history
Lecture, Evening Meeting
Earth Science Week 2016, Northumbria University
The Great North Museum, Newcastle
The Durham Coast - 300 million years of history: from deserts, salty lagoons and ice to human habitation
This talk will explore the fascinating history of the Durham coastline, focussing on the rocks that make it a world class area for geology and what we can learn about human habitation from archaeological finds.
Nearly 300 million years ago the area was a sandy desert, and since then has been below warm shallow seas and then more recently scoured by ice movement. What we see today has also been affected by human interaction with the landscape and there will be an opportunity to hear about some of the archaeological finds. The talk will last for about one hour.
Lesley Dunlop, Northumbria University and Alex Croom, Great North Museum: Hancock
Open to all, but more suitable for adults and older children. No previous knowledge needed.
The Clore Suite
The Great North Museum
Newcastle upon Tyne