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What Lies Beneath: The Geology Of Strathkelvin

Join the Geological Society of Glasgow for their free upcoming lecture, What lies beneath: the geology of Strathkelvin, at the University of Glasgow's Boyd Orr Building on Thursday 14th March!

What Lies Beneath: The Geology Of Strathkelvin

About What Lies Beneath: The Geology Of Strathkelvin

This free talk is part of The Geological Society of Glasgow's lecture series for 2024 and is presented by Murray Reid and is open to all.

Strathkelvin covers the valleys of the Kelvin and Allander Waters north of Glasgow and extends from Milngavie and Bearsden in the west to Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth in the east.

The presentation will describe the geology of the area, concentrating on outcrops where the strata can be clearly seen and looking at evidence for what lies beneath the surface in areas where rock is not exposed.

In the north, the lavas and ancient volcanoes of the Campsie Fells are well exposed but most of the built-up areas are underlain by sedimentary rocks of Carboniferous age which are largely covered by thick layers of glacial and alluvial materials.

Coal, sandstone and limestone have been exploited and traces of the workings remain. The Kelvin Valley forms a major east – west transport corridor across Central Scotland and has played a significant role in the history of Scotland.

Murray Reid is a retired engineering geologist who lives in Kirkintilloch. He studied at St. Andrews University, graduating with a BSc in Geology. Thereafter he completed a PhD on the weathering of soils in a moorland area, at Aberdeen University.He then entered the world of work as an engineering geologist working on a number of large infrastructure projects in the transport and water supply and treatment sectors with Babtie Geotechnical in Glasgow. Later, he moved to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in Crowthorne, near Reading in the Thames Valley, where he worked principally in the recycling and sustainability sectors until he retired.

He is the secretary of the Kirkintilloch and District Society of Antiquaries and is also a keen hill walker, having climbed all the munros, though these days he concentrates more on the HUGHS (Hills Under Graham Height – i.e. less than2,000ft.) and low-level walks on the excellent network of footpaths in East Dunbartonshire.

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