Local woman brings Ring of Gullion to Stormont

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Picture: Michael CooperCelebrations for the Geological Survey Northern Ireland (GSNI) 70th anniversary saw the Ring of Gullion coming to Stormont this week. As part of Earth Science Week, staff from the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership have helped primary school children from Belfast to recreate the formation of the Ring of Gullion at Parliament Buildings.
  The workshops, which showcase the diverse landscapes across Northern Ireland, took place as Geological Survey NI (GSNI) celebrated their 70th anniversary year.
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Go For It March 2017The workshops were led by GSNI’s Dr Kirstin Lemon who said, “Recreating the formation of the famous landscape of the Ring of Gullion using some flour, a balloon and a pump is a great way to visualise how the famous landscape of the Ring of Gullion formed. The workshops offer a way to help pupils understand complex geological processes in a fun and easy to understand way.”
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March 10th 2017The Ring of Gullion workshop was just one of eight workshops run by GSNI in conjunction with local partners – Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Belfast Hills Partnership, Queen’s University and the Ulster Museum.
  Other workshops included: Marvellous Meteorites; Fossil or Not; Hidden Water; Make Your Own Toothpaste; Sand Sculpting; Cave Carving; and Violent Volcanoes. Director of GSNI, Dr Marie Cowan said, “It is essential we continue to engage with young people and promote STEM subjects within schools. Workshops such as these introduce children to science at a very early age and help them realise that it’s not just about men in white coats with clipboards but it is actually great fun and a real career choice, suitable for anyone.
  “We are particularly proud to be running these workshops as part of our 70th anniversary year and look forward to continuing to open up the wonders of science to everyone for many more years to come,” she added. GSNI was established on 21st April 1947 with a remit to provide advice on mineral resources to government and industry, to collect and curate records and to revise and compile geological maps.
  Attention was focused first on the Tyrone coalfields and then onto Ballycastle and was then widened across all of Northern Ireland. Its remit has extended considerably since then and now provides advice and conducts research not only on mineral resources but also on abandoned mines and geological hazards, groundwater, energy including renewable energy, geotourism and education.

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