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The glaciation of the Lake District

Lake District by Nessy-Pic

Lake District by Nessy-Pic

Illustrated talk by Dr Angus Lunn

Friday 9 December, 7-8pm.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle NE2 4PT.

Yes, the Lake District of Cumbria is a text-book example of a glaciated mountain landscape, but recent research is revealing new interpretations of the ways in which repeated Quaternary glaciations have shaped the landscape and generated the sediments. It is also an iconic National Park (indeed it is where the very concept of national parks was first formulated, by Wordsworth). But how dare we call Great Gable, not even reaching 3,000 feet, a mountain? How has this benign illusion arisen?

Angus Lunn, retired from the University of Newcastle, has lectured on Quaternary geology and biology for many years, and enjoys the Lake District almost as much as his native Northumberland. He is the author of Northumberland in the New Naturalist series.