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North Pennines minerals focus of illustrated talk

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A North Pennines fluorite specimen - NPAP and Elizabeth Pickett

A North Pennines fluorite specimen – NPAP and Elizabeth Pickett

 

The fabulous range of minerals found in the North Pennines will be the subject of an illustrated evening talk on Tuesday 29 May by local geologist Brian Young as part of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s 2012 events programme.

Taking place at High Forest Community Centre, Sinderhope, East Allen Valley from 7pm until 9pm, the event is £3 on the door and there is no need to book – just turn up. Coffee and cakes are included in the admission price.

Brian said: “The North Pennines is world-famous for its remarkable mineral deposits and the variety and quality of its mineral specimens. The area is best known for its veins of lead ore which have been mined for centuries, leaving a rich industrial heritage. But there are many other wonderful minerals to be found here.

“One iconic mineral is fluorite and some of the world’s most spectacular examples have come from North Pennine mines. The North Pennines has also yielded some unusual minerals, which are very rare elsewhere in the world.”

In this talk Brian will illustrate the variety and beauty of our mineral treasures with some stunning images. He will explain how the minerals formed deep underground millions of years ago, how they’ve been mined and used, and how they have helped shape the landscape, communities and wildlife of the North Pennines.

Minerals of the North Pennines is just one of the many guided walks, illustrated talks and workshop activities in the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s 2012 events programme. For more information on other events, go to www.northpennines.org.uk and click on Events in the home page sidebar, or phone the Partnership office on 01388 528801.

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