12 December 2016
FAR FLUNG rocks on a Scottish Island were investigated by geologists from Southport’s King George V College recently.
Intrepid A level geology students visited the island of Arran to investigate how the rocks were affected by seismic events hundreds of thousands of years ago.
During the fascinating five-day visit, the 15 students looked at remote locations such as Fairy Dell, near Lochranza, and looked at phenomena such as sills, dykes and crystallised magma.
Steven Faulder, A level Geology course leader at KGV, said: ‘Our students really looked into how the island was formed and whether it was by the opening of the Atlantic, the collapse of a volcanic cent or the intrusion of a giant plume of rising magna that eats through the earth’s crust and pushes it aside.
‘This trip has been massively beneficial to the students because geology is a hands-on subject and you have to do field work and see things up close to get an idea of the sheer scale and magnitude of the rocks in the field.’
King George V College is uppermost among the country’s top A level Geology providers, with no less than 80% of last year’s A level geology students gaining high grades (A*- B) last summer.
And thanks to an exciting partnership with Merseyside’s top vocational FE College, Southport College, the high standards in Southport’s further education sector look set to rise in future.
Steven added: ‘KGV is one of the very few colleges out there to provide this unique opportunity to study geology and really develop good practice in the field. Our students have braved difficult conditions – wind, rain, sea and cold – in order to develop their field skills. Any of our students wishing to study geology at university will find their first year at university much easier as a result of the opportunities provided at KGV.’