Introduction to how the Mendip Hills have long been exploited for stone, and how a wide variety of rock types have been quarried for many purposes.
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Discover the rich 'geodiversity' of the Mendip Hills which means there is a large range of rock types exposed in a small area. This superb diversity of rock types, ranging from Silurian to Jurassic in age, are exposed in many natural rock outcrops, particularly in the western Mendips where the limestone gorges and caves at Cheddar and Wookey are national tourist icons
Illustrated descriptions of the ancient environments in which the rocks of the Mendips were formed.
Appendix of plant, invertebrate, reptile, bird and mammals of the Mendip Hills by vernacular (common) name and scientific name.
Information on the ancient ash-lime woodland habitats that have developed over coarse scree, cliffs, steep rocky slopes and ravines.
Information on the formation of the Mendip Hills’ numerous dry valleys which deepen into spectacular gorges such as Cheddar, Ebbor, and Burrington Combe.
Information on the characteristic flora and fauna of the Mendip Hills which has led to many sites being designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Information on the processes of continental drift and mountain building that shaped the Mendips.
A timechart setting out the geological timescale by period, era and eon.