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Geological time: Track 1


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Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, its origin, structure, processes and composition. This album is concerned mainly with the interpretation of geological maps and the relationship between the landscape and underlying rocks. It reveals how the geological history of any area can be interpreted from a geological map. Dr Andrew Bell visits Morecambe Bay and the 'special' Siccar Point to investigate the rocks and stones in the area. This material is taken from The Open University course S260 Geology.

By: The OpenLearn Team (The Open University)

  • Duration 27 minutes
  • Updated Wednesday 8th July 2009

Track 1: Geological time

A short introduction to this album.

Tracks in this podcast:

Track Title Description
1 Geological time A short introduction to this album. Play now Geological time
2 The age of rocks Andrew Bell begins to explain how we can determine the age of rocks by looking closely at their layers. Play now The age of rocks
3 Coins and fossils Andrew Bell gives us a very brief history of Britain through the use of old coins, and explains how fossils are from the carboniferous period. Play now Coins and fossils
4 Geological maps William Smith is credited as the creator of the first geological map. In this video, Chris Wilson talks us through this milestone in geological history and shows us Smith's map. Play now Geological maps
5 Rock layers Andrew Bell conducts a small experiment that shows us how rocks form their layers. He then explains that there is much more 'time' in the boundary of two rock units, than in the actual rocks themselves. Play now Rock layers
6 Geology at Siccar Point Siccar Point, in Scotland is a very special place in the field of geology. Andrew Bell visits Siccar Point to explain unconformity in rocks. Play now Geology at Siccar Point
7 Radiometric dating The beta counter is a device used to measure radiation levels, and has also been used to determine the age of rocks and other minerals. This video illustrates how this is possible. Play now Radiometric dating
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