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Foundations of the Northern Pennines: Rookhope

Indoor Event 2pm -5pm

It is 50 years since the Weardale Granite, the existence of which was first predicted in the 1930s by Kingsley Dunham, was finally proved by drilling the Rookhope Borehole. The project was a geological adventure that radically changed perceptions, not just of northern England geology, but which led to major advances in the understanding of ore-forming and related processes worldwide. Fifty years on, the scientific legacies of the borehole are as relevant as ever, underpinning research which may have the potential for economic benefits undreamt of when the granite was first predicted.

To mark this significant anniversary, the Natural History Society of Northumbria has joined with the Yorkshire Geological Society and the Friends of Killhope to hold a joint event.

Each of the afternoon’s four talks will focus on an aspect of northern England geology which arises from insights provided by the borehole. Topics will include new interpretations and models for the origins of mineralisation, the possibilities for economically viable geothermal resources and a review of the potential for future mineral exploration and working. Speakers will include Professor Martin Bott, Professor Jon Gluyas and Professor Joe Cann.

Venue: Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge NE2 4PT