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Geodiversity - shaping the North East by Lesley Dunlop

Friday 30th January, 7-8pm

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Geodiversity is the variety of rocks, minerals, fossils, landforms and soils, together with the natural processes that shape them. Geodiversity is a foundation for life and our society. It influences landscape, habitats and species as well as our economy, historical and cultural heritage, education, health and well-being.

Why does protection of geodiversity matter? In England a ‘Charter for Geodiversity’ has recently been published and this illustrates how the shaping of the land over the last 700 million years has led to a rich and diverse country. The Charter can be used by groups, industry and individuals to help inform and protect geodiversity resources.

The effects of geodiversity to life and society are very visible in the north east with strong links to early development, land use, defensive sites, building materials and social history to name a few. From the strategic position afforded by the Whin Sill, minerals mined from Carboniferous strata, and splendid building stones the north east has a rich source of resources and this talk will look at some of these and links to diversity.

Lesley Dunlop is at the Department of Geography, Northumbria University and also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She is Chair of the English Geodiversity Forum and GeoConservationUK and has particular interests in economic mineral deposits in the UK and Portugal and in widening understanding and appreciation of local geodiversity.

This talk is a replacement for the previously advertised talk by Prof Jon Gluyas about ‘Energy security for the UK; can we keep ‘the home fires burning’? Unfortunately Prof Gluyas is unable to give this talk.