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Urban Geology in Britain

1. Britain's Fossil Arboretum

Urban Geology in London

1. UCL & the University of London
2. Tottenham Court Road
3. Two Buildings at The Angel, Islington
4. Hyde Park Corner
5. St Pancras New Church
6. Gresham Street & the Guildhall
7. The Russell Hotel
8. Queenhithe
9. Regent's Place, West Euston
10. Victoria Street
11. Piccadilly
12. St Paul's Churchyard
13. Cigala Restaurant, Lamb's Conduit Street
14. Church's Shoe Shop, Regent's Street
15. Lamb's Conduit Street
16. Luxury Lithics on Bond Street
17. Waterloo & City
18. Urban Geology in Fitzrovia
19. Memorial to the Siege of Malta
20. London's Pub Geology
21. Granites of the Victoria Embankment
22. Westminster Abbey Sanctuary Pavement
23.The Stones of London's War Memorials
24. Irongate House
25. The Ivy Restaurant
26. Egyptian Geology in the British Museum
27. Euston Station
28. The Brompton Oratory
29. Portland Stone in St James's
30. Fossils in the Portland Stone
31. St Martin's Lane & Shaftesbury Avenue
32. Building Stones at Canary Wharf
33. Building Stones around Sloane Square
34. Decorative Stone in the Natural History Museum
35. Urban Geology in Hackney: An Undersong
36. Urban Geology in Deptford
37. Osterley Park House
38. Barkingside
39. The Monument to The Tower of London
40. A Walk in Walthamstow Forest
41. Stones of the Foreign Office (FCDO)

Urban Geology in the English Midlands

1. The Town Hall to the Cathedral
2. Centenary Square to Brindleyplace
3. Around the shops
4. The National Memorial Arboretum

Cornish Urban Geology

St Michael's Church, Helston
The Building Stones of Helston

Global Urban Geology

1. Doha, Qatar

Field Notes

Broadland Churches

Urban Geology

Self-guided, accessible building stone walks

by Ruth Siddall

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Urban Geology is the geology of the built environment. This includes the building stones and other materials used in town and cities as well as the tantalising glimpses of the pre-urban landscape and underlying bedrock. Cities are shunned by many geologists and considered as somewhere to escape, and yet many geologists live and work in cities, whether in universities or in the stone, mineral and hydrocarbon extraction industries, and there is much to learn from building stones. Importantly they are an untapped and enormous resource for teaching at all levels. Take the time to stroll down the average shopping street or through the City of London on a sunny Sunday morning and one can find one’s self on a global tour of the Earth’s geology from Precambrian migmatites to Quaternary travertines, from the Jurassic seas of Dorset to the Permian of the Oslo Graben or the Bushveld Complex of South Africa.

The urban landscape is also a great place to learn many aspects of geology, especially from building stones. Whilst there is no substitute for exploring rocks in situ to obtain an understanding of the three-dimensional geometries of outcrops, much can be learned about petrography, petrology, palaeontology and the environment of formation of many rocks on the average high street. The urban geologist is exposed to an enormous variety of rock types, far more than the committed field geologist could ever see in outcrop in the field.

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