Dr Angus Miller of Edinburgh University will present this virtual excursion.
The Braid and Blackford Hills, which dominate the landscape of south Edinburgh, are two large tapered masses of volcanic rock. In this virtual geology walk, we’ll travel across the hills to discover two main lava flows of different composition with a thin layer of ash in between. We will explore the volcanic history of the area, the story of erosion and glaciation, and the views from the summits. The deep valley of the Hermitage of Braid between the hills also has an interesting origin, with ice and meltwater picking out the contrasts between different rock types.
This event is part of the Scottish Geology Festival and will be held as a Zoom meeting. Society members for whom we have email addresses will be sent an invitation a few days before the event. If you are a member but are not on our email list, or a non-member who would like to join the meeting, please email the society’s meetings secretary to request an invitation.