Introduction to Rocks


Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD

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Introduction to rocks


While rocks are all around us, only a dozen or so minerals make up the majority of rocks. This workshop will try and demystify rock identification and classification with 'keys' available to identify them. 

The workshop will begin with a brief review of the main rock forming minerals. They will introduce you to the three rock families namely igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. You will be shown how these are related to each other by melting, pressure and weathering.

The rest of the day will be divided into sessions where you will study the groups in more detail. Each session will look at the composition, origin and geological environmnent where particular rocks are formed. 

Sediments too contain hidden messages. What can we learn from the shape of grains or indeed how well sorted they are into different sizes. How are muds created, why are they so tenacious and why are there more muddy rocks in the Lower Palaqeozodic than in later periods?

This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers and is led by Peter Golding, Geologist. 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£33.00 per person per day
Concession£28.00 per person per day

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Parking is available from the Tyland Barn visitor centre or nearby roads. 

Opening Times

Season (6 Oct 2019)

* 10:30 - 16:30


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