As old as the stones?

As old as the stones?

Where you are standing now used to be somewhere between the South Pole and New Zealand. If we put the time line of the existence of the Earth, starting 4.6 billion years ago, into a one year calender, then the dinosaurs arrived on 14th December and humans only appear in the last 30 seconds before the New Year. On the 14th March TV presenter Professor Iain Stewart hosted the Opening Ceremony of the ‘Box Rock Circus’, a new ‘edutainment’ geological feature on Box Recreation Ground which was attended by all strata of the local community.

Work on Box Rock Circus, supported by Wiltshire Council, Hill Group, the Box Parish Council and many others, started physically around the time that Isambard Kingdom Brunel, played by Sir Kenneth Branagh, was being beamed all over the world during the Olympics Opening Ceremony last year. A prestigious reminder of his connection to Wiltshire, the Box Tunnel and all the Jurassic limestone quarrying in the area. Elizabeth Devon, Box’s resident geology expert, who conceived this unique collection of lava, sedimentary, crystalline rock and fossils, hopes that schools in the area, as well as tourists, will have fun learning how ‘our’ tectonic plate arrived in Box. The new ‘Interpretation Board’ is very informative as is the website at: Many thanks to the WfCAP for judging this photographic moment as the ‘Participate’ winner from their ‘Value Where you Live’ Photomarathon Competition on 8th June.

Roger Bolton

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