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1-day FREE Public Geodiversity Conference
Sat 24 June 2017, 09:30 – 17:00 BST
This one-day conference, presented by highly knowledgeable and regarded specialists from across the country, will provide its attendees with all the key terms and topics in Geodiversity and Geoconservation by exploring the approaches and important issues associated with Geodiversity and Geoconservation and introducing methods of communication them through GeoHeritage and Geotourism.
09:30 Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 Introduction to the day – Veronica Holmes /Steve Woolfall
10:10 Introduction to Geodiversity: Dr Ian Drew/ Prof Cynthia Burek
An interactive lecture covering an introduction to geological concepts and followed by a short introduction to the history and definitions of geodiversity.
11:05 Introduction to Geoconservation: Prof Cynthia Burek
An interactive lecture covering an introduction to the term, background and history of Geoconservation. This will also include the drivers for this type of conservation in Cheshire within the wider national and international scene. The difference between biodiversity and geodiversity conservation measures will also be discussed. Threats will be discussed in a pictorial context.
12:00 Introduction to GeoHeritage & Geotourism: Dr Kevin Crawford
A fascinating look at GeoHeritage focusing on ‘Cultural GeoHeritage’, covering an introduction to terms and the background and history of GeoHeritage. The lecture will also cover an introduction to terms, the background and history of Geotourism
12:45 Lunch – A buffet lunch will be provided: please inform Veronica of any dietary requirements.
13:15 Environmental legislation applicable to GeoHeritage: Dr Kevin Crawford
A brief look at appropriate geodiversity legislation covering the areas of GeoHeritage, Geoconservation and Geotourism
14:10 The Geological Resources of the Saltscape: Dr Ros Todhunter
Ros will analyse the Geodiversity and GeoHeritage of the salt landscape of Mid Cheshire. The location and depth of the salt-bearing strata, plus 2000 years of exploitation of this natural resource are the roots of Saltscape’s heritage. From brine springs to controlled brine pumping, salt mining to underground gas storage poses challenges to development and infrastructure in areas of past, present and future rock salt extraction and exploitation.
a) Short local walk to see impact of salt mining and brine pumping: Dr Ros Todhunter
b) Tour of Lion Salt Work Museum: Salt Museum Member of Staff
Please inform Veronica of your choice for the afternoon session.
15.45 Tea & coffee
16:00 Question and answer session
16:30 Conference ends