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Northumbrian Earth
The Old Reading Room
NE71 6XE

T: 01668 216066




This page will, over time, be filled with resources to enable you to find out more about the geology of Northumberland and the Borders. We would also like to add some resources about other areas in the UK and abroad in which Ian has a particular interest.

Some of these additional interest areas, which follow Ian's interest in geology, started with holidays to the Jurassic coast of Somerset. He also became familiar at this time with the Cretaceaous of the Weladen district South of London.

His research at Imperial College looked at sheeted intrusions which form part of the volcanic complex on the Isle of Mull. This work followed on from his third year mapping project at Oxford looking at the Ardnamurchan ring complex.

From undergraduate days through to the present Ian has always taken the oppportunity to look at the rocks wherever he has travelled. So over time we hope to present information about Kenya, Iceland, Indonesia, Sri-lanka, Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands, Santorini, Bolivia and Chile.

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Interesting items

  • Northumberland Coast Rocks!

    Northumberland Coast Rocks!

    This project, which was completed during 2015 organised by the Howick Heritage Group and supported with HLF funding, delivered a book, some educational work with a local first and middle school and a series of walks and talks. In this section of geo-diversity resources you can have a look at the presentation given for the walks and talks as well as much of the material which was used in the educational work including lesson plans, activities and exercises.  There is also a handy guide to fossils to be found on the beach at Seahouses (and elsewhere on the coast).


  • "Ian is an ethusiastic geologist and if you go on enough of his walks you soon will be too! Although I have visited the Northumberland Coast many times before, learning about its geology allowed me to see it from a very different perspective. Ian was an enagaging and entertaining guide and as a result of his walk I was able to understand more about this fascinating area."

    Sam Isaac
    Sustainable Tourism researcher


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