Martley Voyage in Deeptime

Over many millions of years Britain has moved across the globe and had many different landscapes and climates. The various rocks we find in patches across the land today are the evidence of this. In Martley there are rocks from many different time periods – take a look at all the different colours on the geological map of this area. As we walk around the countryside crossing all these ancient rocks, we will be going on a voyage in Deep Time. This Voyage is quite long, make sure your device is fully charged and ideally set out with a backup supply!

Distance 8km (5 miles)

The colour overlay on the map and aerial image, depicts the different rocks of Martley and the surrounding 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.
Large map

Links to Task Sites for the Martley Voyage

1 Church Yard
2a Nubbins
2b Nubbins
3 Berrow Hill view
4 Martley Rock
5 Kingswood ridge
6 View of hills
7 Pudford Lane corner
8 Upturned beds
9 Leaving woods
10 Lower Farm Quarry
11 The Canyon
12 Returning Home

 

Triassic Earth – arrangement of continents and oceans around the time the Triassic rocks of the Martley area formed.
Silurian Earth – arrangement of continents and oceans around the time the Silurian rocks of the Martley area formed.
Cambrian Earth – arrangement of continents and oceans around the time the Cambrian rocks of the Martley area formed.
Precambrian – arrangement of continents and oceans around the time the Malverns Complex rocks of the Martley area 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 Wren’s Nest were forming. Starting with the youngest rocks.

Mercia Mudstone
Around 225 million years old
North view South view | From aboveWeather forecast | Lifeforms | Information

Bromsgrove Sandstone (new name Helsby Sandstone)
Around 240 million years old
North view South view | From aboveWeather forecast | Lifeforms | Information

Haffield (Permian) Breccia
Around 299 million years old
North view | South view | Inverted topography | Weather forecast | Information

Halesowen Formation
Around 308 million years old
North view | South view | From above | Weather forecast | Lifeforms | Information

Raglan Mudstone
Around 417 million years old
North viewSouth view | From aboveWeather forecast | Lifeforms | Information

Upper Ludlow Shales
Around 420 million years old
North view | Information

Aymestry Limestone
Around 422  million years old
North view | Information

Lower Ludlow Shales
Around 426 million years old
North view | Information

Wenlock Limestone
Around 428 million years old
North view | From aboveWeather forecast | Lifeforms | Information

Coalbrookdale Formation
Around 432 million years old
North view | Information

Martley Quartzite
Around 500 million years old
North view | South view | From aboveWeather forecast | Information

Malverns Complex
Around 680 million years old
Context view | N view  | E view | S View | W View | Weather forecast Information