8 Sandy path

Whitish sand in the path

The floor of the path through the wood is covered with a pale grey, when dry almost white, sand. This suggests a distinct change in the rock beneath. The ground here is dry even after rain, indicating very good drainage by the rock below.

When working out the geology of an area, you often don’t have the rocks readily exposed. So you must turn to other clues, which includes, soil appearance, excavations by animals like rabbits and badgers, changes in the vegetation, is the ground wet or dry, springs, changes in slope of the ground, hollows, ridges, path taken by streams and rivers. All of these require sharp observations – developing the ability to ‘read the landscape’


Task Site 8 Question

From the limited evidence you have what type of rock might lie beneath here?

a) Sandstone
b) Limestone
c) Conglomerate
d) Mudstone