Wilderness Voyage in Deeptime
The Wilderness Voyage at only 2.4km (1.5 miles) covers a great range of rock types, formed in both terrestrial and marine environments. The Voyage begins in the village of Mitcheldean in West Gloucestershire, situated on the red sandstones of 400 million year old river flood plains and channels. The Voyage then takes you to a quarry exposing rocks, rich in marine fossils, formed in the early Carboniferous when the sea was returning to the area.The route continues along the Wysis Way, climbing to the Wilderness area, with extensive views of the May Hill and the Malvern Hills, crossing bands of many different types of rock in the process. The final stage of the Voyage visits two large quarries, one in Carboniferous sandstones full of fascinating features, the other in Carboniferous limestones.
The colour overlay on the map , depicts the different rocks of the Wilderness – Plump Hill 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 Wilderness Voyage
Early Carboniferous Earth – land and sea around the time limestone rocks of the Voyage formed.
Late Carboniferous Earth – land and sea around the time the Carboniferous terrestrial rocks of Voyage formed.
Devonian Earth – land and sea around the time the late Devonian terrestrial 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 Voyage area were forming. Starting with the youngest rocks.