Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field meetings are focused on recent Quaternary findings and discoveries within the UK and Europe. Meetings usually take place over a 2-4 day period, with accommodation and travel being organised by a Field trip leader on behalf of the QRA. We also organise workshops. These can be 1 or 2 days and can have a flexible format such as a mini-conference, workshop or field day.

Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field meetings are focused on recent Quaternary findings and discoveries within the UK and Europe. Meetings usually take place over a 2-4 day period, with accommodation and travel being organised by a Field trip leader on behalf of the QRA. We also organise workshops. These can be 1 or 2 days and can have a flexible format such as a mini-conference, workshop or field day.

Joint QRA / GLWG Field Meeting to Glen Clova and Strathmore, eastern Scotland

24/10/19 - 27/10/19

Dr Wishart MITCHELL

The high plateau of The Mounth (Eastern Grampians) and the adjacent lowlands of Strathmore have been noticeably neglected in recent Quaternary research on the British-Irish ice sheet. The geomorphic record of the last ice sheet in the area reflects the interaction of ice from the western...

The high plateau of The Mounth (Eastern Grampians) and the adjacent lowlands of Strathmore have been noticeably neglected in recent Quaternary research on the British-Irish ice sheet. The geomorphic record of the last ice sheet in the area reflects the interaction of ice from the western Highlands and Gaick/Cairngorms. Spectacular streamlined bedforms show how these ice masses converged to form the lateral margin of a major ice stream that occupied Strathmore flowing north-eastwards towards the North Sea.  Glacial landsystems, particular related to meltwater activity along the Highland edge, record progressive deglaciation and unzipping between these two ice sources. Further deposits and landforms in Glen Clova reflect the active recession of the eastern Highland ice leading to extended valley glaciers and the possible formation of glacial lakes in the glen. The Mounth also has excellent evidence of the regrowth of local glaciers and icefields during the Loch Lomond Stadial (LLS) and rock slope failures (RSF) of unknown age.

The focus of the meeting is to:

  1. Explore the evidence for interaction between Strathmore and Clova ice.
  2. Explore evidence for the depositional environment and retreat of the Strathmore ice stream during deglaciation.
  3. Visit sites that show the recession of a valley glacier in Glen Clova prior to the Lateglacial period. 
  4. Examine the evidence for valley glaciers and icefields during the LLS.

Sites to include (provisional depending upon logistics and access):

  • Corrie Fee LLS moraines
  • Cairn Broadlands RSF
  • Corrie Brandy LLS moraines and RSF.
  • Glackburn Meltwater channel
  • Rottal eskers, moraines and glacifluvial deposits
  • Glenarm ‘moraine’, sections and ice dammed lakes in Lower Glen Clova
  • Kilry/ Reekie Linn drift tails and till sections
  • Coul eskers and Quarity Burn moraines and meltwater channels 
  • Drift tails and moraines in Sidlaws (optional) 

The meeting will be based at the Glen Clova Hotel and led by Wishart Mitchell, Martin Kirkbride, Simon Cook and Ailsa Guild. Details on registration will follow in January QRA Circular; there will be bunkhouse accommodation available (two huts have been provisionally booked at Braedownie (costs £10pppn), about 5 miles up the glen from the hotel where rooms (from £75 pppn) have also been reserved.  Any queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Dr Wishart Mitchell.

w.mitchell@dundee.ac.uk  


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