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Hopeman Fossil Dunes and Trackways Tour

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An opportunity to examine features of the late Permian Hopeman Sandstone Formation, including fossilised dunes and animal trackways, with local geologist Dave Longstaff.

During this full-day event with Elgin Museum, you’ll examine the features of the late Permian Hopeman Sandstone Formation.

Starting at the beach huts, we will see relicts of aeolian barchan and possible star dunes before examining a stretch of coastline that shows small faults, a range of soft sediment deformation features, fluvial and lacustrine sandstones, abandoned millstones and quarries, trace fossils and other sedimentary features.

After lunch in Cove Bay (NJ 1594 7011) around low tide of 13:33, we will look at a well-studied fault zone and post-glacial caves. We will then go to Clashach Quarry to examine fossilised reptile footprints and glacial features before descending to the coast via a short path to visit an old sandstone quarry (1781), the old Clashach port, Jock Muldoon’s Cave and see some beautifully displayed sandstone cross-bedding and relicts of quarrying.

When the excursion finishes, we will return to the beach huts via the coastal path; the expected time back at cars is 16:00-16:30.


June 15
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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