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Virtual Field Trip to South Wales - Applied Sedimentology

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Context: This virtual field trip was written for 2nd year Geology students at the University of Derby on the Applied Sedimentology module. It replaced our usual 6-day field trip to West Wales during the 2020 Covid pandemic. Students were provided with detailed instructions and additional information, and set specific tasks to complete for assessment, within our Blackboard virtual learning environment [screenshot 1 ; screenshot 2]. Some of that information is reproduced here. This page serves as access to the field days and localities for the general public.

Warning: some geological licence has been taken at some locations in order to construct suitable exercises. Those of you who know these locations well will spot these - please be lenient!

Virtual field equipment and documents:


University of Derby students practising their sedimentological skills


Field localities

Day 1

1.1. En route to Wales: Silurian at Rubery, West Midlands

1.2 Silurian at New Quay, Ceredigion

1.3 Silurian at Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

1.4 Silurian at Borth, Ceredigion

Day 2

2.1 Modern estuarine sediments at Poppit Sands, Ceredigion

2.2 'Old Red Sandstone' at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

2.3 Upper Old Red Sandstone to Lower Carboniferous at Skrinkle Haven, Pembrokeshire

Day 3

3.1 Lower Carboniferous limestones at Caswell Bay, Gower

3.2 Lower Carboniferous and Upper Triassic at Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan



Day 4

4.1 Upper Carboniferous (Westphalian) at Amroth East, Pembrokeshire

4.2 Upper Carboniferous (Namurian) of the Marros - Telpyn Point - Amroth section, Carmarthenshire

4.3 The journey home - Triassic of Aust Cliff and viewpoint at Leckhampton Hill




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