Wye Valley Voyage in Deeptime
Explore the rocks of a section of the Wye Valley.
The Voyage starts with caves and valleys created by melting ice at the end of the last glaciation. It continues ‘under the sea’ with limestones formed in warm tropical seas, that had gradually invaded the land., the Voyage ends on sandstones formed by great river systems around 400 million years ago.
Distance 4.8km (3 miles), along paths through woodland. Some uphill walking, but never steep.
The colour overlay on the map , depicts the different rocks of the Wye Valley – Little Doward 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 Wye Valley Voyage
Carboniferous Earth – arrangement of land and sea around the time limestone rocks of the Voyage formed.
Devonian Earth – arrangement of land and sea around the time the 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 Wren’s Nest 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.
Quartz Conglomerate (old Forest name ‘Pudding Stone’, official new name Huntsham Hill Conglomerate)
Around 365 million years ago
Environment – north view | From above | Environment – east view | Lifeforms | Information