Members of the Manx Geological Survey recently performed geological experiments for the young antiquarians of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society. The experiments were aimed at explaining geological phenomena such as plate tectonics, the development of faults, why the Isle of Man is an island and the eruption of volcanoes, using materials as diverse as beer and pudding!
Later this year we intend to make video clips of the experiments which will be added to the website.
|Ant Wilkes and assistant perform a live re-enactment of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.|
|Dave Quirk simulates the earth’s crust and mantle using several cans of Guinness and a glass tank.|
|In the tray on the left, the blancmange has been compressed until it has developed folds, as rocks do when continents collide.
In the tray on the right, the blancmange has been stretched, allowing extensional faults to form.