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A geology walk

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I had a nice little stroll up the moor to the Sandy Road Colliery spoil heap on Saturday. I was meeting Alison Tymon from the West Yorkshire Geology Trust as she was leading a geology walk around the moor.* It was also a good excuse for a poke around the spoil to see what I could find (do I really need an excuse? wink).

It was pleasing that a nice sized group of interested people attended the walk, including many youngsters armed with magnifying glasses and plenty of enthusiasm.

Alison stressed the importance of the site for its geology, especially the coal balls. While there are many places in the Lancashire and West Yorkshire coalfields that these fossils can be found, they have all now been covered up by housing and other developments. Tod moor is now the only place in the UK, and one of only two places in Europe where they can be found (the other site is in the Ukraine).

Alison also asked to check any coal balls that people found for fish fossils, as these are especially important and rare. Unfortunately no one found any of these but there were plenty of small coal ball fragments as well as rocks containing goniatites and other shells. One gentleman dug up a rather nice lump of ironstone that looked rather like Mickey Mouse.

After a good hour of searching and digging everyone had found something of interest to them and the children all left clutching a rock sample to remind themselves of the day.

Hours of Fun.

The fossils on the Sandy Road spoil heap are a finite resource and of international importance. If you find something of interest please contact WYGT www.wyorksgeologytrust.org or get in touch with Nettie via our Contact Us page.

*Organised by Calderdale County Council.

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