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Permian & Carboniferous Geology: Claxheugh Rock, Sunderland

Saturday 6 June, 10.30am-3.30pm

We will see desert sandstones of the Yellow Sands as well as the top Carboniferous / base Permian unconformity below which the youngest Coal Measures to outcrop in northeast England are exposed. The Yellow Sands are overlain by the Magnesian Limestone (now called the Zechstein Group) which comprises, at its base, the Marl Slate (known for its well preserved fossil fish and plants) overlain by the limestones and dolomites of the Raisby and Ford formations, the latter containing a fossil reef with a wide variety of fossils.

Meet at the car park on Riverside Park, south bank of the River Wear at Claxheugh Rock, South Hylton, Sunderland (grid ref NZ360576 or postcode SR5 3JG). Bring lunch and hard hats are recommended.

Leader: Michael Mawson