Known as Dinosaur Island, the Isle of Wight has more to offer visitors than just fossils:this trip will give them the chance to see geology in action.
All scientists know that a fossil trip is about taking a subject off the page of a text book and presenting it in a ‘real world’ environment. There are few subjects that benefit from this ‘real world’ approach quite as much as geography. People may have learnt about wave erosion and sedimentary rock formation, but seeing it in action will make everything they have learned fall perfectly into place.
A trip to the Isle of Wight is a great example of an engaging geographical location because it offers you the chance to see a number of geological subjects in action. From the wave erosion of its chalk cliffs to the fossils found in the layers of sedimentary rock, there is a wealth of geological exploration to be enjoyed here.
Here are my suggestions for a really engaging geography trip to the Isle of Wight.
Referred to by geologists as Dinosaur Island, the Isle of Wight has a plethora of great fossil hunting beaches for you to explore. Nothing will capture your imaginations quite like taking home their very own souvenir from the Cretaceous period! Of course, while you are engaged in the hunt for fossils you will also be seeing the historic geology of this island written in the vertical strata of its cliffs (Alum Bay and Whitecliff Bay are particular good sites for highlighting this).
Different beaches offer the chance to uncover different fossil species with the possibility of finding dinosaur and reptile bones on Shepherds Chine, Whale Chine and Yaverland, while Hamstead and Yarmouth are great for mammals, crocodiles, turtles and crustaceans. You will love Compton Bay with its imprints of dinosaur footprints and the possibility of finding dinosaur teeth!
The Needles are another fantastic visual representation of geography which you will be able to see on a trip to the Isle of Wight. This iconic landmark attraction, consisting of the three chalk stacks falling away from the land and jutting out from the waves, perfectly illustrate some of the issues of coastal erosion. To make the experience even more engaging, you will be able to take in the sight of the landmark from the Isle of Whites famous chair lift which will sweep them up from the beach to the cliff tops at Alum Bay.
Amazon World Zoopark
There is more to the Isle of Wight than just its geology there are also plenty of resources for exploring its human geography. One fascinating experience for you could be a visit to Amazon World, where you can find out all about the conservation work undertaken by the zoo. From breeding programmes to research studies , the educational department will guide you around the sights and sounds at this venue.