As a University student, I thought it was unlikely that I would get to go on a field trip, however having completed three years at Dundee, I realize how silly I was to think that. As a civil engineering site, we have visited numerous sites in Dundee, including a school and the train station. However non-were as good as the second-year geo-mechanics trip to a local beach.
We have been told to meet at the Darcy Thompson to get on the bus on a Friday afternoon. As it was mid-way through semester 2 it was sunny and warm! Perfect day for the beach. We drove for about 40 minutes where we came across a pebbled beach with a cliff on each side. As if we were a primary school class, we skimmed stones and explored the beach.
We got a small lecture on the geographic history of the beach and Scotland which we were expected to write a 2000-word essay on the difference between the igneous and metamorphic rock. As well as identifying what rock the cliff was made from and identify and mineral deposit. At the time that wasn’t really on our minds though, so we took multiple pictures so we could continue to enjoy the sun and the sea!
Next, we were asked to find and identify different types of rock, a process which involved smashing rocks with hammers. This allowed to work out how it was formed although we soon forgot all about that. We did manage to find the sedimentary rock and igneous rock. Igneous was much harder to break.
It was a great way to end our module and we all really enjoyed it. It was a great practical task that reinforced the knowledge of geology and its importance in geomechanics.