In October, the Abbs Cross Geographers took to the coastline of Great Britain to carry out a series of geographical investigations. These investigations will play an important part in their success when they sit the GCSE ‘Geographical Applications’ paper in the summer. Once their geographical investigations were complete they were able to explore the cliffs and foreshore of the Naze. This area was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of the Pleistocene (Two million year ago), Red Crag deposits and the London Clay. This special geology has yielded some of the most extraordinary fossil deposits of the early Eocene age (Mammals from 30-40 million years ago) ever discovered. The London Clay deposits are unique in yielding large quantities of fossilised bird bones, which represent the richest and best preserved bird fauna of the age to be found anywhere in the world. Despite looking, the geographers found no fossils.
During lunch time, Geographers had the opportunity to ascend the historic Naze tower. It was built in 1720 by Trinity House as a navigational mark to aid shipping. It is grade II listed for special architectural and historic interest. Those who braved the stairs to the top were awarded with stunning views of the Essex coastline.
Needless to say the day was full of exploration, sunshine and smiles!