Geology Talk

Church Stretton in the Ice Age

Lighthouse Spout was formed at the end of the ice Age

Speaker:  Dr Peter Toghill, Thursday 17th February 7.30pm -8.30 pm online via zoom

Following his extremely popular talk last year, Peter will this time give an introduction to the impact of the ice age on the local landscape

The Church Stretton Valley already existed before the “Ice Age” which started over Britain about 2.5 million years ago. Little is known about early ice cover in Shropshire, but during the later stages of the Ice Age, between 80,000 and 20,000 years ago, a slow moving ice sheet which moved down from the north, occupied the valley. Melt waters around the edge, and underneath the ice sheet, produced erosion, modifying the shape of the valley and laying down sediments.

About 18,000 years ago the ice sheet started to melt and by 14,000 years ago the valley was completely clear of ice. This talk will look at all the evidence for the presence of ice in the valley, and the features formed during the Ice Age.

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Admission Free but donations appreciated.

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