University of St Andrews

Fantastic Fife Fieldwork

Friday 03 October 2014

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development first and second year students were out enjoying the wonderful autumn weather in late September.

The photograph below shows a small group of students who were being guided on the local Lomond Hills Field Excursion (Geography module GG2011). This fieldcourse illustrates aspects of slope forms and processes in the area of the West Lomond Scarp, teaching students to 'read the landscape'. The students are standing on a large boulder of quartz-dolerite sill rock and the beautiful Fife landscape is visible all around, with distant views to the north of the Ochill and Sidlaw Hills.

Student group enjoying the Lomond Hills field class

The previous weekend it was the turn of our first year students to enjoy the September sunshine. This group, pictured below on the Hill of Tarvit, were learning about the long-term evolution of Scotland's Midland Valley  -  a story of colliding continents, erupting volcanoes and grinding glaciers which contrasts with today's peaceful rural scene.  The perfect conditions gave us a sweeping panorama from the Highlands in the north to the Lammermuir Hills in the south.

Photo of students enjoying Hill of Tarvit field class