"Britain’s Greatest Hits: In Search of Giant Meteorite Craters" by Dr Mike Simms (National Museum of Northern Ireland)
22nd March 2017
This lecture is organised by the Irish Geological Association.
“In 2008, an Oxford geologist published proof that an obscure layer of rock in north-west Scotland, assumed for many years to be volcanic in origin, had been formed by a giant meteorite impact. In 2011, I travelled to Scotland to pay homage to this remarkable rock and collect a few pieces. What I saw there convinced me that there was much more to discover about this remarkable event 1.2 billion years ago. This talk will describe how a chance discovery on holiday led to the discovery, maybe, of a giant impact crater buried beneath Scotland, and how its existence may have profound implications for understanding the geological history of this region of Britain.”
When and where: The lecture theatre in the Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4 on Wednesday, March 22nd, between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Coffee and biscuits will available from 5:30 pm. All welcome.