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The Quaternary of the Lake District

21 - 24 May 2015
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Event type:
Field trip
Organised by:
Quaternary Research Association
Blencathra Field Studies Centre, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4SG
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This meeting will consider some recent and ongoing Quaternary research in the Lake District, with the emphasis on glaciation and longer-term landscape development. The programme of field visits and short, evening presentations covers a range of topics, including:
  • cirques;
  • rock slope failure and landscape development;
  • glaciation style and moraine development;
  • subglacial landforms;
  • relative dating of glacial depositional landforms(morphostratigraphy, soil chronosequences); and
  • deglacial history of Windermere (and models ofpost-LGM deglaciation)

Outline Programme (provisional)

  • Thursday 21 May: Arrive in time for evening meal.
    Introductory talks.
  • Friday 22 May: Fieldwork all day [Hayeswater, Pasture Beck, Clough Head / Threlkeld Knotts].
    Evening short talks TBC.
  • Saturday 23 May: Fieldwork all day [Honister Pass, Robinson, Wasdale Head and Mosedale].
    Evening short talks TBC.
  • Sunday 24 May: Fieldwork until ~2 pm [Deepdale].
    Field meeting ends.


Des McDougall (Worcester) and Dave Evans (Durham)

Other contributors

Hannah Bickerdike (Durham), Vicky Brown (Durham), Stuart Dunning (Northumbria), Ian Evans (Durham), David Jarman (Mountain Landform Research), Danni Pearce (Worcester), Matthew Pound (Northumbria), Mark Vardy (Southampton), Jeff Warburton (Durham), Brian Whalley (Sheffield), Peter Wilson (Ulster)

Further Information

Further information and registration details to follow.

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Convenor Contact

Des McDougall

University of Worcester

Dave Evans

University of Durham