Rocks

The rocks in the Huddersfield district are all sedimentary, which means that they have been formed by the deposition of sand or clay particles in deltas, flood plains, river channels or the sea. All Huddersfield rocks are of late Carboniferous age and are between about 320 and 305 million years old. The older rocks are the Millstone Grit group of Namurian age and following them are the Coal Measures of Westphalian age. The area which was to become Britain was at that time, near the equator, with a hot and humid climate. Shallow shelf seas, low lying flood-plains and deltas covered most of Britain, but there was a northern land mass lying where the Highlands of Scotland are now, from which large rivers drained southwards. These rivers carried huge amounts of clay and sand which were deposited wherever the currents slowed down. Deposition of sediment took place in the river channels, flood-plains and lagoons close to sea level, and deltas were built out as the rivers carried material into the sea. Various types of sedimentary rocks occurred in these different environments of deposition. For more information about the Rocks and Landscapes of Huddersfield see our other pages on Local Geology and our guide to the Geology of Huddersfield. Publications

NEXT FIELD TRIP

Sunday 22nd April:  Trowbarrow Limestone Quarry (N Lancs.) and Carnforth Ironworks.
(NB Dry Rig quarry etc day cancelled due to snow will now be on 29th July.)

NEXT TALK

The Isle of Mull's fascinating and complex geology will be the subject of Lesley Collins' illustrated talk.
 (NB May's meeting will now be Members' Contribution night.)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Yorkshire Geology Day, Saturday 21st April at the National Coalmining Museum nr Horbury.
We are helping out with activities in the morning - 10.30 start.  In the afternoon there is a series of lectures.
We had great feedback from our session with Year 8 at Almondbury Community School:- "I was wowed" and "I really enjoyed the activities".  We too had a great time!