Rosemary talks to Bob and Caroline Markham from GeoSuffolk about the unique geology and geomorphology of the Deben area and the work of GeoSuffolk in researching, promoting and protecting the many important sites (RIGS or Regionally Important Geodiversity Sites) across the county.
Beginning with an outline of Suffolk’s geological history, it provides a brief account of 100million years of geology. Site by site it illustrates through accessible text and clear photographs the geological time periods from the most ancient chalk, through the Ice Ages which shaped much of our present landscape, to the present day – our modern shingle beaches. The book covers aspects of the need for protection and management of unique and vulnerable locations, and here the handbook becomes a useful tool for those with such geo-sites on their property; a subsequent chapter is a mélange of ways in which the group works to provide information, promote public interest and inform the public about geology and geomorphology, not just at Geo sites, but also through buildings, literature, art, music and manufacturing. A final gazetteer provides listing of publicly accessible visitor destinations (geosites, churches, museum etc.) organised according to district council areas. In all, the book provides a very straightforward introduction to what can be a daunting topic; it illustrates effectively that Suffolk (despite little in the way of ‘hard rock’ geology or magnificent mountains) does have a lot of interesting and absolutely unique geology and geomorphology – you just have to look a bit more closely. A recommended read, and if you enjoy a country walk and want to know more about the rocks and landscape over which you are trekking, then a quick perusal before setting off may increase the enjoyment through greater understanding of the scenery.
For more details go to: http://www.geosuffolk.co.uk/
On the forest's edge near Butley lies a colourful surprise - a pit where the Red Crag is exposed against a backdrop of blue sky. This Forestry Commission open access land is an ideal place to see fossil molluscs which tell of a sea which covered our area 2.5 million years ago.
Crag churches, coprolites, flint, breaking waves - are the 'bread and butter' of GeoSuffolk's recording and interpretation. Our volunteer professional and amateur geologists are here to support interest and work in our subject. We produce leaflets, a handbook, a website, lead field trips and enthuse.
If you want further information about geology or to buy maps go to the British Geological Association website: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/home.html