What is under your feet


P1000193.JPGFlanders Moss NNR

And yet another accolade has been bestowed on this prince of bogs!  Flanders Moss has been named one of the top 51 best places to see Scotland’s geology.

Well, Flanders might not seem the most obvious place to go to look at geology as there isn’t a rock in sight but here at Flanders it is all going on under your feet.

The geological action during and since the ice age has been recorded in layers under the ground. These layers tell the story of repeated ice ages where the land would be covered by ice which then would melt and retreat. When this happen the sea levels rose but then the land rebounded from having the weight of the ice removed. When the sea had retreated back down the Carse it left marine clays that had formed on the sea bed and provided were the perfect waterlogged conditions for peat bogs to form and grow. In some places when the sea flooded back up the Carse peat islands were formed where the peat bogs were growing faster than the sea level was rising. And whales swum in the estuary, right across the Carse of Stirling. We know this because skeletons have been dug up when peat was being cleared.

It is these peat islands that scientists today are so interested in. By looking at the peat / clay interface they can see how fast the sea levels were changing in relation to ice caps melting and this information can help with modeling of the effects of  climate change and ice cap melting in the future.

By following the link here you can find out more about why Flanders is so good for geology and maybe explore one of two other sites.

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