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How shifting tectonic plates may have shaped the Antrim plateau hundreds of millions of years ago. William Crawley takes to the local lifeboat to highlight the belief that the area was a scorching hot desert in the past. Computer graphics overlay the footage to illustrate the point. The rocks along the coastline at Red Bay illustrate the point further.
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First broadcast:
31 March 2008

Classroom Ideas

Introduce students to the theory that due to the movement of tectonic plates the geology of one area can be vastly different to another. Students could use the clip as inspiration to research more about the geology of Northern Ireland or to research the geoolgy of their own area for a class display/ presentation.