A fact I have discovered which I didn’t know or had forgotten, and forgetting has to be considered these days!:) was that part of our peak district used to be a coral reef in warm shallow seas. Who would know it!
I have always known the Peak District has bitter winters - had its shape and contours carved from at least one great Ice Age. Geography lessons taught me that. A tough land with tough people living there. Not a place for wimps like me. A beautiful wild part of our islands.
Now I'm told that 340 million years ago parts of the area was a lagoon with coral reefs. I do like coral reefs. Full of interest and colour. I wonder if they were so, 340 million years back. I shall assume they are because it would be too disappointing to find out otherwise.
Since I was at school and learnt about ice ages. I have discovered north has been south and back again a couple of times. So I could maybe have considered our colder north of the country might have been warm at some time. Knowing there is a lot of limestone in parts of the Peak District maybe I could have wondered about where it came from. Hindsight though is a waste of time it was this year I discovered, decades after those geography lessons, that the Peak District used to be coral reefs in warm lagoons.