Discover the GeoTrail
Significant building and paving stones here at the University, North Hill and part of Plymouth City Centre have been discovered by Plymouth University BSc (Hons) Geology and BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography students. They have developed learning trails as part of their team projects, and these concepts have been incorporated into a GeoTrail.
Eighteen locations on the University campus have been included in the GeoTrail and aims to explain and interpret the origins of the rocks; the dispositional environment and subsequent geological history.
The trail is aimed at non-geologists, so scientific terms and geology names are explained in detail.
Early 20th Century buildings such as the Plymouth City Museum, the Central Library and the Scott Building on campus were built off local limestone and Dartmoor granite.
The campus buildings of the 1960's used large amounts of concrete usually made with crushed rock (aggregate) from local quarries. However recently, the more exotic building stone used for cladding modern buildings is imported from China and are hung on a steel 'skeleton'. In this case much less aggregate is used as the panels are made out of glass or metal.