Lickey Hills Voyage in Deeptime
The Lickey Hills Voyage explores the ancient rocks and the landforms of the Lickey Hills Country Park on the SW tip of Birmingham. The area includes rocks formed around 480 million years ago in shallow warm seas with nearby volcanoes, through tropical rain forests, to a vast harsh desert. Plus the story of a gorge cut through the Lickey Hills possibly by torrents of glacial meltwater.
This Voyage is longer than the Lickey Ridge Voyage, it includes Beacon Hill and the valley between Beacon Hill and Lickey Ridge. The route starts and ends at the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre.
Distance 8km (5 miles), mostly on gravelled level paths, with some short sections inclined to be muddy.
The colour overlay on the map , depicts the different rocks of the Lickey Hills area. Touching these different colours on the map running in the Voyager app, will display the name of the rock, provide images of how the environment may have looked when that rock was forming, the life forms that existed and environmental audio. As much of that content as possible is replicated in the following.
Links to Task Sites for the Lickey Hills Voyage
Ordovican Earth – arrangement of land and sea around the time Lickey Quartzite rocks of the Voyage formed.
Carboniferous Earth – arrangement of land and sea around the time the terrestrial rocks of the Voyage formed.
Permian Earth – arrangement of land and sea around the time the desert rocks of the Voyage formed
Triassic Earth – arrangement of land and sea around the time the later desert rocks of the Voyage formed
The following links are to environmental reconstructions, life forms, atmospheric composition, day length, top predators, climate and other facts relating to the times when the various rock units of the Lickey Hills were forming. Starting with the youngest rocks.
You do not cross all these rocks on the Voyage but they are present in the area of the map.