This cache has been hidden for the Vogrie VI event being held on 9th October 2016. Come and enjoy the beautiful autumn colours in the stunning grounds of the historic Vogrie Country Park. There are 11.5 miles of signed footpaths passing through sweeping parkland, woodlands and the River Tyne Valley. There are many fine trees that tend to confuse your GPS, we have tried our hardest to get accurate coordinates but please be warned! Please return the cache exactly as you found it. Enjoy.
Vogrie Estate is a great place for families so we thought it was about time there was a Kiddies Earthcache, which will hopefully encourage our younger members to give earthcaches a go.
Rocks are organised into three main groups – igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.
1. Igneous rocks are formed by magma from inside the Earth. As the magma cools they form crystalline structures which makes this rock type hard, depending on the speed of cooling the crystals will be of different sizes. Examples of this type are granite and basalt
2. Sedimentary rocks are formed by sediments settling on the bottom of lakes or seas, slowly compressing over millions of years to become rock. They have clear layers which build up over time and are soft, the grains can be rubbed off easily. Fossils are most commonly found in sedimentary rocks rather than igneous or metamorphic. Examples of this type are sandstone, mudstone, coal and limestone.
3. Metamorphic rocks are created from other rock types when subjected to great heat and/or pressure. Examples include marble which originates from limestone and slate which originates from clay. They are usually hard wearing rocks and resistant to erosion.
Vogrie Estate is a great place for all the family and with the passing of the Kiddies Multi we decided it was about time there was a Kiddies Earthcache, which hopefully will encourage our younger members to give earthcaches a go.
The coordinates take you to the front of Vogrie House, built in Victorian times.
To qualify for this earthcache please answer the following questions and email them to the owner.
- Look at the walls of the house. What colour is the rock the walls are made from? Describe the rock, does it look to be made up of crystals or grains? Touch the walls and say whether you think the rock is smooth or rough. Do you think the rock is soft or hard (when you touch it does any rub off on your fingers?)
- Based on your observations in (1) what do you think the walls of the house are made of?
- Are the steps made of harder or softer rock than the walls of the house? Why do you think the rock used for the steps is different from that used for the house?
Many thanks to head ranger Jo Cooke and the Midlothian County Rangers for giving us permission to hide the caches.