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Kilbirnie Quarry: fossil collecting and more

Saturday, 17 June 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Leader: Gary Hoare

On the first part of the trip we will examine the lower limestones at an exposure close to the Paduff Burn. We will see mudstones overlying the Top Hosie Limestone with a marine fauna of brachiopods, bivalves and crinoids. There will be a chance to collect fossils from a spoil heap of waste material. As this is a new exposure a record of any fossils found will be undertaken. There will also be a chance to visit a hydroelectric station located beside the burn and Austen Brown will take us through its workings.

The afternoon will be spent following a track through the Kilbirnie hills to look at the Clyde Plateau Volcanic Formation with flows of basalt and beds of purple nodular tuff with intercalated fine-grained red marls.

Leaving Molema Building at 9:00, returning at 18:00, travelling by coach.