An Introduction To Geology

National Museum Cardiff

Join us for a course of five illustrated, detailed lectures exploring rocks, minerals and fossils, with plenty of hands-on opportunity.

Three of the Museum’s geological researchers will give a series of talks, working through the history of the earth and surface processes, going on to describe and illustrate individual types of rocks, minerals and fossils. Each week, an illustrated talk will be followed by a chance to handle museum specimens and learn about their key features and identification. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss the week’s topic.

Topics covered will include: The structure of the Earth, Earth history, geological time, the rock cycle, sedimentary rocks, fossils, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks, mineralogy.

It is expected that participants will sign up for the complete course as each week will build on facts established in the previous ones.

No previous knowledge is needed - just an interest in rocks, fossils and minerals.

The course is likely to take the following structure, although we reserve the right to alter the order of the talks.

Week 1 - The structure of the Earth, geological time, the rock cycle and the diversity of sedimentary rocks

Week 2 - Introducing igneous rocks, exploring their classification and mineral content

Week 3 - Fossils - identification, morphology and evolution of different groups

Week 4 - The world of mineralogy, exploring different groups and their characteristics

Week 5 - Metamorphic rocks and structural geology (folding and faulting)

Book via or (029) 2023 0130

£60 for all 5 dates

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 March