Geology North

Welcome to Geology North, a website that presents our investigations into the rocks, minerals and geological structures of Northern Britain.

We are Stephen Marker and Ian Patience, two amateur geologists exploring igneous geology through our fieldwork, microscopy, and reading. Although most of the work on this website relates to Northumberland, our home county, we are beginning to record our explorations elsewhere in Northern England and Southern Scotland.

A correct identification of structures, rocks and minerals and an accurate account of their occurrence depends on knowledge and experience. Whilst the information presented here is as factual as we can make it, we would always wish for a greater knowledge and experience that would increase its reliability.
We often revise our website pages as a result of our continuing investigations and, importantly, feedback from readers. If you are able to identify errors in our work, or can help with better descriptions and explanations, please get in touch.

There is a section here on the Cheviot Hills: the origin and structure of the igneous complex and its associated rock types and mineral types. Our related geological excursions present maps and routes that take in the specific locations of the rocks at the centre of our investigations. There is a section relating to ‘Coastal Geology‘ and our blog represents some of our observations and thoughts immediately following our excursions.
There is also a section on Northumberland’s dykes and sills including a new section on the world renowned Great Whin Dolerite Complex or Whin Sill.

Our section on the Scottish Southern Uplands continues to grow. Currently we have a general introduction to the region, an overview of its igneous rocks and the some detailed descriptions of the rocks associated with some of the volcanic plugs and vents in the Scottish Borders Region.

All the thin-sections and photomicrographs that appear on the website have been made by ourselves from samples that we have collected. Maps are based on Ordinance survey and BGS geological maps.
Our methods pages show the equipment and techniques we use for sample preparation, microscopy, photography and recording our findings. They also present ways of doing geology on a low budget.

Complementing our scientific investigations, you will also find here an aesthetic response in the form of photographs that appear throughout the website and paintings and drawings that appear in the Art with Geology section.

Finally, for climbers wanting to learn more about the geology associated with some of the classic Northumbrian rock climbing routes, there is an article celebrating ‘a marriage forged in fire and flood’.

Whether you are viewing Geology North from a scientific, arts, or leisure perspective, we hope you will find something here to interest and inspire you.
If you would like to get in touch with us to comment, question or advise, please do via our ‘Contact Us‘ page.

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