"Come on Down and meet our accretionary prism!" - IGA Fieldtrip to Ards Peninsula with Bernard Anderson
13th and 14th September 2008
The coastal outcrop between Helen's Bay and Grey Point (It is a designated Dept of Environment Key Site) is quite the best place to introduce and understand the nature of the Southern Uplands - Down - Longford succession. There are excellent pillow lavas and volcanoclastics at Horse Rock, black Moffat Shales with some remarkable olistoliths and some high-energy, proximal turbidites, one at least channeling spectacularly into the beds below.
This fieldtrip organised by the Irish Geological Association, led by Bernard Anderson and aimed at IGA members but non-members are welcome to join.
Meeting Point: Helen's Bay Car Park (at the western end of Helen's Bay Beach, Irish Grid J 458 828) about 10.30 on the Saturday morning. Helen's Bay lies about 1.5km north of the main A2 from Belfast to Bangor. It is about 12 miles from Belfast and is well signposted from the A2. The car park is large, free, well sheltered and has good toilets but no nearby shops.