Avon RIGS Group & The Rocks of Troopers Hill
Andrew Mathieson who led guided geology walks on Troopers Hill in February 2013 and October 2016 has produced a short document describing the rocks of Troopers Hill that can be downloaded from the link below.
Andrew led the walks and wrote this information on behalf of the Avon RIGS Group, which helps to conserve
local geological sites (including Troopers Hill).
For more information see www.avonrigs.org.uk
The Rocks of Troopers Hill
The Acid Soils of Troopers Hill
The wildlife found on the Hill indicates that the soils are acidic, but untill recently they had not been tested. In 2012 a sudy into the soils on Troopers Hill looking at both the acidity and contamination by heavy metals in was carried out by a student from Plymouth University, Rebecca Beighton BSc Hons.
The study confirms the soil pH to be extreme acidic in nature. There is contamination by Copper and Arsenic concentrated around the chimney but not at levels that need any remediation work. Rebecca has kindly allowed us to post the finished work on this website and it can be seen via the link below.
Troopers Hill Soils Investigation - Dissertation in Geography by Rebecca Beighton BSc Hons
The rock face at the end of the gully clearly shows how the layers of rock have been tilted due to various movements in the earths crust during the hill's 300 million year history. Geomorphology is the science concerned with understanding the form of the Earth's land surface and the processes by which it is shaped, both at the present day as well as in the past. British geomorphologists are involved in research into the processes of weathering and erosion, sediment transport and deposition, the characterisation of landforms and the materials of which they are composed.
You can learn more about geomorphology at www.geomorphology.org.uk and about Geology at the British Geological Survey website.