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A Word from the President
The Society’s 175th anniversary year finishes with the Annual General Meeting, Presentation of Medals, Presidential Address, Reception and Dinner, at Woolley Hall, Wakefield, on Saturday 2nd December. However, let’s think of this not as the end, but the beginning of the next I hope exciting and well-supported quarter of a century in the Society’s life, looking forward to further advances and achievements not just in the earth sciences in our region (and beyond) and within our Society.
This year I am going to follow the precedent set by several of my predecessors who have devoted their Presidential Addresses to reviews of the achievements of leading figures and organisations with close links to our society and region, notably Thomas Sheppard’s 1933 Address on John Phillips, W.H. Wilcockson’s of 1947 on Henry Clifton Sorby, and W. Edwards’ Centenary Presidential Address on the contribution of the Geological Survey. However, the breadth of interests and major contributions of my subject, Dr W.S. Bisat, were so great that I will have to largely confine myself to just one aspect of the geological work of this extraordinary man, specifically to his Quaternary research work and interests. You will find an Abstract of my proposed Address in both the Circular and on the YGS website (http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk)
Planning is now well advanced in relation to both the indoor and field meetings for 2014. Some details are already appearing on the website and will be in the January 2014 Circular and the accompanying summary programme for the whole year that will be mailed out with it. There is only space here for a very brief introduction to the plans for 2014, but I want to feature our first two major events in the early part of the year.
On Saturday 25th January we return to what has been one of our most popular venues in the past few years, the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, for another joint meeting with the Natural History Society of Northumbria. With a perhaps unprecedented debate about the UK’s energy problems and possibilities going on today, we are going to hear about recent advances in actual or potential unconventional energy sources. We are very pleased indeed to announce that our keynote speaker will be Newcastle Emeritus Professor Ian Fells, one of the world’s leading authorities on energy policy and supply over several decades, and who is well known far beyond his academic fields and 200 publications, due in part to his more than 500 television and radio broadcasts. Other speakers will include Prof. Richard Davies of Durham University’s GeoEnergy Group, and Prof. Peter Taverner, also from Durham, on wind, wave and tidal energy.
Then on Saturday 29th March at Keyworth we are having a full day Memorial Meeting in honour of the late Dr. Robert Knox, with the support of the Stratigraphical Commission of the Geological Society of London, the East Midlands Geological Society and the British Geological Survey. Though retired from the Survey, just the afternoon before his sudden death Robert Knox was at Keyworth logging cores from some recent boreholes. Within the Society he was a long-serving Editor of the Proceedings and received the Society’s Sorby Medal in 1997. As the interests of Robert Knox were so wide, and included research areas as varied as the Yorkshire Jurassic, heavy mineral analysis, the Mesozoic–Cenozoic boundary, and stratigraphy and sedimentology more generally, there is going to be something for everyone at the remarkable special meeting. You will find the preliminary announcement of the Knox Memorial Meeting in the current Circular and we are setting up a special web page for further information on this meeting as this becomes available at: http://www.yorksgeolsoc/knox-memorial-meeting.html
Patrick Boylan, President
Saturday 7th December, Woolley Hall, Wakefield: Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address by Patrick Boylan and President's Reception and Dinner
Mince Pies and Coffee or Tea will be available on arrival in the Lounge of the Main Hall from 14.15.
15.00h. Annual General Meeting (Wentworth Suite, adjacent to the Main Hall)
Minutes of the last General Meeting held at Leeds University on 9th November 2013.
Annual Reports: General Secretary’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet
Elections to Membership
Honorary Membership: Council wishes to recommend that Dr. Trevor Morse be elected to Honorary Life Membership of the Yorkshire Geological Society.
Election of Officers and other members for the 176th Session, 2014.
Council’s nominations are given below. There are additional vacancies to be filled: the Secretary, Paul Hildreth, should receive additional nominations, except for the Offices of the President and Vice-Presidents, no later than Friday 29th November 2013.
Officers of the Society:
President Professor Patrick Boylan
Vice-President/President Elect: Dr. John Knight
Vice-President Dr. Noel Worley
General Secretary Paul Hildreth BSc
Treasurer John Holt MSc
Programme Secretary John Knight PhD
Editor Stewart Molyneux PhD
Web Editor Professor Patrick Boylan
Officers appointed by Council
Circular Editor Keith Park BSc
Membership Secretary Christine Jennings-Poole BSc
Other Members of Council
Claire Dashwood PhD
David Hill BSc
Earl Haworth TD FRCS
Andrew Howard PhD
Trevor Morse PhD
Bill Paley MSc
Richard Saville BSc
Michael Squirrell BSc
John Varker PhD
6. Presentation of the Henry Clifton Sorby Medal for 2013: awarded to Dr. Martin Whyte (to be received by Mrs. Carol Whyte). The Sorby Medal is awarded by the Council of the Society not more frequently than biennially in acknowledgement of either: distinguished contributions to geological knowledge of Yorkshire and the north of England, or distinguished contributions to geological knowledge by a person associated with Yorkshire and the north of England by birth, training or locus of researches.
7. Presentation of the Professor and Mrs L.R. Moore Medal for 2013 to Paul Kabrna. The Moore Medal is awarded not more frequently than biennially as an acknowledgement of services to geology in the north of England.
16.00h. Presidential Address by Professor Patrick Boylan: “Dr. W.S. Bisat FRS (1886–1973) and the Quaternary of Yorkshire’
17.15h. President’s Reception and Buffet in the Lounge and Library, Woolley Hall. (admission by ticket only)
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Abstract of Presidential Address
Professor Patrick Boylan, City University London (P.Boylan@city.ac.uk):
Dr. W.S. Bisat FRS (1886–1973) and the Quaternary of Yorkshire
Dr W,S, Bisat FRS: photo portrait by Walter Stoneman, 1955
(7th June 1932 at Dimlington - from the left): Arthur Bisat (teenage son), Mrs Enid Bisat (wife), W.S. Bisat, Thomas Sheppard (Director of the Hull Museums). Photo: C.W. Mason, Hull Geological Society
William Sawney Bisat (1886 Doncaster – 1973 Collingham near Leeds), though always an ‘amateur’ geologist who was to a large extent self-taught in both geology and in his profession of civil engineering, was one of the most important and influential figures in the history of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Joining the Society in 1909 and remaining a member to his death in 1973, his 64 years of membership spanned more than a third of the Society’s 175 year life. He had nearly as long and significant an association with the Geological Survey as an adviser and consultant. At the Yorkshire Geological Society’s Centenary celebrations in 1938 the Director of the Survey E.B. (later Sir Edward) Bailey said that Bisat had done more than anyone else for the Survey during the two decades since the World War. He was also one of the extremely few amateur scientists to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the 20th century: Bailey was one of the star-studded list of proposers for this, which was headed by Sir James Stubblefield.
As early as 1912 as the Junior Site Engineer Bisat led a weekend YGS field meeting centred on the extensive new and mostly temporary exposures of the Millstone Grit sequence at the site of the large Leighton Reservoir near Masham, North Yorkshire, currently being constructed for the Leeds Corporation Waterworks by his company, Harold Arnold and Sons Ltd., Public Works Contractors and Civil Engineers.
While working primarily on this project from about 1906 to 1919, by which time he had become Chief Site Engineer, Bisat built up an unrivalled knowledge of the stratigraphy and fossils of the Namurian of the central Pennines, and soon extended his work to both the relationship with the underlying Carboniferous Limestone series and, increasingly, to national and international comparisons. This led to a succession of ground-breaking papers, many in the Society’s Proceedings, establishing new and secure correlations using fossil faunas, particularly goniatites, first within Britain, then with the continent and globally over a period of more than half a century. His 1924 paper on the goniatites of northern England and their zones was not only one of the longest papers ever published in the Proceedings: it remains today one of the most frequently cited publication to appear in the PYGS.
From 1920 Arnold and Sons won a series of large contracts for civil engineering and construction projects around Melton, west of Hull, including establishing a major new cement works with associated quarries, riverside quays, buildings, roads, railways and conveyor systems, and later for a big lead smelter on an adjacent site. Bisat took charge and moved with his wife and young son to nearby North Ferriby. While continuing to work intensively and voluntarily on publishing and advisory work on the Lower Carboniferous and its fossil faunas, he soon extended his interests to what was to him the relatively unfamiliar geology of the East Riding, including the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but above all the Quaternary.
In 1922 he wrote up the site excavations at Melton in the Trans. Hull Geol. Soc. and the Hull Annual Meeting of the British Association. However, it was in around 1931 that he began an intensive study of the Glacial and Postglacial deposits of East Yorkshire. In 1932 he published, again in the Trans. Hull Geol. Soc., a short but important paper on the Humber foreshore at North Ferriby which was the first of a series of 16 scientific papers and field meeting reports with important contributions to the understanding of the Quaternary of Yorkshire, particularly but by no means exclusively the East Riding, that Bisat published between 1932 and 1954. This record is all the more remarkable since at the same time he had a heavy professional workload as Chief Engineer and a Director at Arnold’s, and also continued to make major contributions to Carboniferous stratigraphy and palaeontology, particularly through large numbers of fossil identifications for the Survey and for scholars around the world in addition to producing around a dozen further publications in these fields.
The centerpiece of his Yorkshire Quaternary research was a survey of the glacial and postglacial deposits exposed along the Holderness coast from Spurn Point to Bridlington Bay – a distance of almost 60 km – first accomplished between 1932 and 1935, often with the practical support of the Hull Geological Society’s unofficial photographic recorder, the gifted though eccentric Cecil Wright Mason. Recording each exposure as it became available between periods in which different sections were covered with landslips due coastal erosion, Bisat drew on his great experience and attention to detail as a surveyor to record in minute detail each section, among other things using a standard textile industry colour chart to help in identifying and comparing different layers in the tills. From this work he developed as early as 1932 a new and far more detailed stratigraphical classification of the Holderness glacial deposits, which was then revised or refined by him over subsequent years as lengths of the cliffs previously obscured became available through cliff erosion and long-shore movement of the beach deposits at the foot of the cliffs. Tracings or other fair copies were made of hundreds of individual measured survey sections on slips of drawing or graph paper and in his field notebooks onto strips at a scale of one inch to 20 feet, and these were eventually pasted together to create a scroll of the full coastal section around 6.8 metres long. Though worked on by among others Lewis Penny, John Catt and Paul Madgett in the 1960s and 1970s this once famous ‘scroll’ could not be found for many years afterwards. However, it has in fact been in the Bisat archives at BGS Keyworth all along, unrecognised as such since for good conservation reasons the individual pieces of paper have been separated and are now filed flat, along with the very many preliminary working slips. Though the initial survey of the whole length of the coast and from this first version of the ‘scroll’ were completed by around the end of 1934, Bisat continued to refine this as additional temporary exposures along the cliffs and foreshore became available for at least 20 years more.
Dimlington silt basins over Basement Boulder Clay in Bisat's composite Holderness coast section, scale 1" = 20 yds horizontal, 1" = 20ft. vertical
In addition to greatly improving the understanding of the sequence and classification of the Quaternary deposits he resolved a number of critical problems, such as showing that the Basement Till is from an earlier glaciation than those above it and that the important Sewerby Buried Cliff is above and not below the Basement, and so must be interglacial, not ‘preglacial’ as previously thought. Most of this evidence and his interpretation of it was presented in his very important and substantial 1939 Presidential Address to the Yorkshire Geological Society. Soon afterwards, in 1940, he reported that the laminated silts found in basins above the Basement Till at and near Dimlington contained plant remains: a high Arctic moss, which more recently has been used to produce radiocarbon datings of the starting point of the main ice advance of the last glaciation.
However, the 1930s and 1940s were at times very difficult for Bisat at the personal level, and in at least one respect the scientific level also. One of his three daughters died in 1934, and after a period of serious illness his wife died in 1940. Later that year he married the widow of her brother who had also recently died, and the family moved to Collingham, near Leeds, from where he ran Arnold’s Leeds Office. Then in 1943 his only son, Lieut. Arthur Bisat of the First Airborne Division, who had shown great promise first at Hymers College, Hull, and then Queen’s College, Oxford, was killed when a faulty mortar bomb exploded while he was training his Unit on Salisbury Plain.
On top of all this through much of the period Bisat found himself under a prolonged and apparently personal attack from R.G. Carruthers, the distinguished District Geologist of the Survey for Northumberland and Durham, though clearly efforts were made in both the Survey and the YGS to avoid public knowledge and debate on these differences so far as possible. Carruthers had become a strong monoglacialist, rejecting any claimed evidence that there had been more than one glaciation, at least across northern Britain. In a highly unusual move, in the late 1930s the Director of the Geological Survey gathered together several of his most senior officers to spend three days with Bisat and Carruthers on the Yorkshire coast to review the evidence and arguments of each, at the end of which all backed fully Bisat’s position.
Carruthers did not give up, however, and at almost the same time as Bisat’s YGS Presidential Address he presented a long and highly controversial paper to the Geological Society of London, following this up with his own Yorkshire Geological Society Presidential Addresses on glacial drifts in 1943 and 1944, eventually published in the Proceedings 1947 and 1948. Bisat, though by all accounts a mild-mannered man, took the written texts of these to be deliberately insulting in their content and reacted accordingly. He wrote a well-argued response to these for the Proceedings, but the Editor, backed by the Council, refused to print it as submitted, as it was considered too intemperate in tone. Bisat refused to tone down his text in the way requested, and instead wrote to the Council resigning from the Society over the issue. However, the President, W.B.R. King, privately persuaded him to withdraw his resignation, and little or nothing seems to have leaked out about what could have been a very damaging episode for the Society either way.
Fortunately, Bisat was gradually fully reconciled with the Society, and among other things in 1960 endowed the establishment of the Society’s first award for an outstanding contribution to geology, the Phillips Medal. It was perhaps particularly appropriate that his last contribution to the Proceedings, in 1966 at the age of 80, was a long written discussion welcoming and commenting on the paper of John Catt and Lewis Penny on the Pleistocene deposits of Holderness, which had so clearly built on the foundations laid by W.S. Bisat.
Saturday 25th January 2014, Great North Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: "Unconventional Energy"
Saturday 29th March 2014, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Notts. "Robert Knox Memorial Meeting
Saturday 3rd May 2014, National Coalmining Museum, Wakefield: AM: launch of Yorkshire Geology Month 2014; PM: "Landscape and Geology in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks"
Preliminary details of the Robert W. O’B. Knox Memorial Meeting
Saturday 29th March 2014, 10.30–ca. 19.00 at the
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham
This one-day meeting will celebrate the life and scientific work of Robert W. O’B. Knox (1942–2013), eminent polymath British Geological Survey geologist, Sorby Medalist and past Editor of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. The meeting will be held in the De la Beche Conference Suite at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham on Saturday 29th March 2014. It is hoped that the meeting will also be supported by the Stratigraphical Commission of the Geological Society of London and the East Midlands Geological Society and the British Geological Survey.
Attendees are invited to take morning coffee between 10.30 and 11.15. There will be a welcome from the Professor Patrick Boylan, the Yorkshire Geological Society President at 11.15. The main part of the day will comprise eight ca. 30-minute talks by eminent geoscientists. The subject matter of the presentations will be centred around Robert’s main research interests, i.e. heavy mineral analysis, Mesozoic–Cenozoic stratigraphy and sedimentology.
The programme is currently being finalised, but confirmed speakers include Dan Condon (geochronology), Sev Kender (the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum), Andy C. Morton (heavy minerals) and John H. Powell (Jurassic of the Yorkshire coast). A buffet lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, and there will be a drinks reception which begins at 17.45, following a summing-up by Patrick Boylan, President of the YGS.
Co-convenors: James B. Riding (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Claire Dashwood (email@example.com)
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Lukasz Kortas and Paul L. Younger: Fracture patterns in the Permian Magnesian Limestone Aquifer, Co. Durham, UK
P. J. Murphy and D. Warburton: A Lower Palaeozoic inlier in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, UK
P. N. Hildreth: The Vale House Flints Member, a flint-rich unit of the Burnham Chalk Formation of the Northern Province, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, UK
Wayne M. Itano: A tooth of Edestus from the early Pennsylvanian of Cheshire, UK
I. C. Starmer: Folding and faulting in the Chalk at Dykes End, Bridlington Bay, East Yorkshire, resulting from reactivations of the Flamborough Head Fault Zone
Mike Romano and Martin A. Whyte: A new record of the trace fossil Selenichnites from the Middle Jurassic Scalby Formation of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire
S. K. Donovan: Giant crinoid stems from the Lower Carboniferous (Mississippian) of Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK
Obituary: David Halcyon Land (1927–2010)
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British Geological Survey Memoirs for Yorkshire to download
In a major new development for the Society, the British Geological Survey (BGS) had made
available to the Society's website full facsimile copies (in PDF format, including all
illustrations) of some earlier Geological Survey Memoirs, listed below. These are now
available for downloading for personal, academic, educational, non-commercial research and
other non-commercial use, from the Yorkshire Geological Society website
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Indexes to 138 years of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (1837-1995)
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The Society has been publishing its Proceedings since 1837, and its many thousands of pages contain a great deal of original research and other unique material relating to the earth sciences, especially in respect of Yorshire and adjacent regions, both also nationally and internationally. Complete reference sets of the PYGS are held by many leading regional and national libraries including the British Library, the Geological Society LIbrary, and the Society's own library, now part of the University of Leeds Library (which members of the Society can apply to use as a benefit of membership via the General Secretary of the Society).
Over the years the Society has published three cumulative indexes
to the Proceedings, but it has been an aim of the Society's Council to make these
indexes available on line via this website to help members and others to search and
explore the rich resources available in the Proceedings.
We are delighted announce that thanks to the generous help of
Pinpoint Digital of Winsford, Cheshire, which has undertaken the necessary scanning
of the published indexes free of charge, these are now available as searchable PDF files
To access each index click on the appropriate link above to open or download the file. (Each is very large - over 2Mb - so unless you have a fast broadband connection it is advisable to download the files onto your own hard disk, and then search from there. Whether using an index on line or from a downloaded file simply open the file in Adobe Acrobat and then use the normal Acrobat "Search" (or "Find") facility. Any geological term, placename or author name can be used to search each index: Acrobat will then give you a list of occurences in the subject or author indexes, and each occurence is highlighted in colour within ePDF (facsimile) image of the index page.
Very many thanks to Pinpoint Digital Document Management and Storage Systems for their sponsorship,and particularly John Hatton for his advice and practical assistance.
Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape the popular
YGS Field Guide, Third Edition
famed for its scenic beauty and its rich industrial heritage, contains some of the most
interesting geology and scenery in
, from the moors to the coast, including the
Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. The influence of the geology on the
landscape and on the industrial development in the region is profound.
This book is a stimulating field guide to
twenty-one locations selected to give comprehensive coverage of the geology, minerals,
rocks, fossils and landforms of the area. Excursions vary from easy halfday walks to
longer outings. Some are in moorland areas such as the Craven Inliers and the Pennines;
others cover the
Coast, famous for its rugged beauty and natural history, and
coalfields adjacent to the major cities.
Aimed at beginners and more experienced
geologists, the book includes a general introduction to the areas geological
history, detailed location maps, a full glossary of terms, and details of local museums.
Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape will be used and enjoyed by all those interested in the geology and natural heritage of
this exciting and diverse region, especially the links between landscape and the
About the Authors: The field guide,
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academics, professional geologists and dedicated amateurs, many of them members of the
Yorkshire Geological Society. Together in this book they provide the most up-to-date and
authoritative guide to the geology of
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Published: September 2006; 224 pp, 22
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Carboniferous Hydrocarbon Geology: the southern
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John Collinson, David Evans, Doug Holliday & Neil Jones,
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CRAVEN & PENDLE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Paul Kabrna e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.cpgs.org.uk/ (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: The Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick)
7.30 pm, Friday, 15 November 2013: Geology of the Cotswold Water Park with added Mammoths!: Speaker: Neville Hollingworth Ph.D., University of Birmingham
7.30 pm, Friday, 13 December 2013: ‘Under the skin of the Lizard’ – a geological walk around the Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall: Speaker: Lesley Collins, CPGS
7.30 pm, Friday, 10 January 2014: Shale Gas: Speaker: Nick Riley, British Geological Survey
CUMBERLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: Rosemary Vidler, 11 Blencathra View, Threlkeld, Cumbria, phone no 017687 79326, e-mail: email@example.com; http://www.cumberland-geol-soc.org.uk/
Wednesday 13th November: Prof. Peter Styles: An assessmentcof the processes of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Cockermouth. CA13 9PH
Wednesday 11th December: Members Evening - details to be confirmed. Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ
Wednesday 22nd January 2014: Dennis R E Dickens: "Iron ore mine shaft collapse at Egremont. Tullie House, Carlisle.
Wednesday 12th Feburary: Dr Hugh Tuffen: Rhyolitic eruption at Cordon Caulle, Chile - a glacier of volcanic glass. Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick. CA12 5NZ
12th March - AGM and President’s address - Friends Meeting House, Keswick
22nd March - Annual Dinner, guest speaker Prof. Rory Mortimore president of the Geologists' Association - Skiddaw House Hotel
EAST MIDLANDS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Janet Slater, tel. 01509-843.297; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.emgs.org.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Lecture Theatre B3, Biological Sciences Building, University of Nottingham)
Saturday 7th December: Helen Reeves and Claire Dashwood: “Landslides”, followed by the annual Christmas Cheese and Wine
Saturday 18th January 2014: Nick Riley: “Shale Gas”
Saturday 15th February (at 6pm): Lecture to be confirmed, followed by the Annual Dinner
Saturday 15th March (at 6.30pm following 6pm AGM): Jim Rose: “Quaternary Glaciations of the Easy Midlands and East Anglia”
Saturday 12th April (at 6pm): Tony Waltham: “Sinking Cities”
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: David Boon, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, email@example.com
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0272, e-mail: email@example.com. Lectures are held in the Grant Institute of the University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm, except where stated otherwise, These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are welcome. Tea and biscuits are served after the lectures, upstairs in the Cockburn Museum of the Grant Institute. (See http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps for location.)
Monday 27th November: Dave Schofield, BGS Cardiff: ' Terrane analysis south of the lapetus Suture' (TBC)
Wednesday 11th December: Fellows' Night and Social Evening at the British Geological Survey, Murchison House, Edinburgh
THE GEOLOGISTS' ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/: The schedule of field meetings for 2012 includes the following in the wider YGS region: (For further details and to book places please e-mail or telephone Sarah Stafford at the GA Office: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 020 7434 9298)
HUDDERSFIELD GEOLOGY GROUP: Contact: Phil Robinson, 01484-715.298. http://www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/ Meetings at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, on Monday evenings at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
9th December: Social Evening at the Cropper's Arms, Marsh
13th January 2014: Christine Connolly: "New techniques open up Pre-Cambrian life and geology"
10th February: Paul Hildreth: "The origins of flint in the north of England"
10th March: Ian Warrington: "Plot a rock: an interactive session identifying igneous rock"
7th April: Alison Tymon: The Permian at Boston Spa - new research"
12th May: Roger Lynch: Mining around Thurstonland and Brockholes"
HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Mike Horne. Tel: 01482 346 784 or e-mail: secretary@Hullgeolsoc.org.uk web: http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Department of Geography, University of Hull, at 7.30 pm. N.B. for security reasons the door is locked at 7.40pm). The Club Nights are open to members of the Society, University Students and interested members of the public. At the end of each of these meeting we will choose the topic or topics for the following meeting. Those attending are encouraged to bring some appropriate specimens, photographs, models or texts to contribute to the evening. The Club Night meetings start at 7-45pm. For further information 'phone 01482 346784. Hull Geological Society Website - http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk
Tuesday 19th November - Club Night
Thursday 21st November - (evening lecture) Prof. Patrick Boylan, President, Yorkshire Geological Society: "The geological significance of Charles Darwin's month in the High Andes, March - April 1835"
Friday 29th November - Microscopy Evening (members only).
Tuesday 10th December - Members' Evening
Saturday 4th January 2014 - New Year Picnic at Sand-le-Mere (weather permitting - cancelled if icy or snowing); please bring so festive food and drink to share.
Friday 10th January 2014- Microscopy Evening (members only).
Tuesday 14th January 2014 - (evening lecture) Prof. Dan Parsons of Hull University on "Dirty dancing - fine sediment dynamics and the rock record" .
Tuesday 21st January - Club Night
Thursday 13th February 2014 - (evening lecture) - Arjan Reesink of Hull University - "Interpreting nature's barcode: from the atoms of river deposits to the world's largest rivers."
Tuesday 18th February - Club Night
Friday 28th February - Microscopy Evening (members only).
Tuesday 18th March 2014 - (evening lecture) - Dr Eline van Asperen of Liverpool John Moores University - "When hippos roamed Yorkshire - People, prey and predators in the Last Interglacial"; followed by the Annual General Meeting.
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: email@example.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Anthea Brigstocke (General Secretary). Tel: 01904 626 013: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Field Meetings: Judith Dawson Tel. 0113 270 1069 e-mail: email@example.com or http://www.leedsgeolassoc.freeserve.co.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Conference Centre Auditorium 2, Leeds University at 7pm.
5th December: AGM and Conversatione -short talks and displays by members
LEICESTER LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY - SECTION C GEOLOGY: Chairman and contact: Dr. Joanne E. Norris, 0116 283 3127, j.e.norris @ ntlworld.com; Website: http://www.charnia.org.uk/ Usual meeting place for indoor lectures (unless otherwise stated): Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester at 7.30pm, refreshments from 7.00pm.
Wednesday November 27th 2013; Dr Timothy Farewell (National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University) and Dr Martin Whiteley (Bedfordshire Geology Group). The Mapping and Understanding of Landscapes, Geology and Soils Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire.
Wednesday December 11th 2013: Christmas Meeting, New Walk Museum, Leicester.
Wednesday January 15th 2014: Jonathan Paul (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge). A History of London's Water Resources.
Monday January 20th 2014: Joint Lecture with Parent Body, Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, Leicester. Professor Richard Fortey (Earth Sciences Department, Natural History Museum). Living Fossils.
Wednesday January 29th 2014: Dr Roger Benson (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford). The Fall and Rise of Dinosaurs – Macro-evolutionary Perspective.
Wednesday February 12th 2014: Members Evening, New Walk Museum, Leicester.
Wednesday February 26th 2014: (Speaker to be confirmed)
Saturday March 1st 2014: Annual Saturday Seminar, University of Leicester. Theme: Holiday geology.
Wednesday March 12th 2014: Dr Richard Shaw (British Geological Survey, Keyworth): Managing radioactive waste safely.
Wednesday March 26th 2014: Annual General Meeting and Chairman's Address by Dr Joanne Norris.
MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: http://www.mangeolassoc.org.uk Sue Plumb, Hon. General Secretary: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; programme enquiries: email@example.com. (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Williamson Building, Department of Geology, University of Manchester)
Wednesday 11 December: Dr Derek Brumhead: Mining the Yard Seam in New Mills in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Saturday 25 January 2014: Broadhurst Lectures:
Dr John Nudds: “The 'Avian Dinosaurs': Latest Research on some early fossil birds Secrets of Archaeopteryx revealed by Synchrotron Analysis”
Dr Gareth Dyke: “The Gliding Flight of Feathered Dinosaurs and the Evolution of Bird Flapping”
Wednesday 12 February at 19:00 - AGM followed by Presidential Address by Peter del Strother: “Quicklime, Cement and a Short History of Quarrying”
Wednesday 5 March at 18:30 - Joint Meeting with the Geographical Association: Dr Martin Degg: “Living in Europe's Supervolcano: Volcanic hazard and emergency management in the Bay of Naples” (Lecture Theatre B of the Roscoe Building, adjacent to the Williamson Building)
NORTH EASTERN GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Prof. Gillian FG Foulger, University of Durham, tel. 0191-334.2314, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lectures are at 7.30pm in the Arthur Holmes Lecture Room, Science Laboratories Site, University of Durham. See website for more details: http://www.northeast-geolsoc.50megs.com
13th December: Members Evening: Gordon Wilkinson: “Uluru and Kata Tjuta – the geology of a unique area”; John Waring: “Rocks under the microscope; making thin sections by an amateur”.
17th January 2014: Dr. Richard J. Brown, “How we can understand Pyroclastic flows”
21st February: Prof. Jon Gluyas: “Getting Into Hot Water: Exalting Low-Enthalpy Geothermal Opportunity in the UK”
21st March: Brian Young: “The Stones of Durham, (with particular reference to Durham Cathedral)”
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: email@example.com; website: http://www.neyorksgeologytrust.com/: Kathryn Brown,North East Yorkshire Geology Trust, 5 Station Workshops, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, N. Yorks. YO22 4TG Tel. 01947 881000
NORTHERN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON: Secretary: Dr Mark Allen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCATION: Eileen Fraser Tel: 01260 271505 email: email@example.com http://www.esci.keele.ac.uk/nsgga/ (usual meeting place for indoor meetings: William Smith Building, University of Keele at 7.30pm
ROTUNDA GEOLOGY GROUP (SCARBOROUGH): contact Sue Rawson, tel. 01723-506.502, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (usual meeting place Room CG7, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough):
SORBY NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Ken J Dorning, Geologists Group Secretary, e-mail: email@example.com; website: http://www.sorby.org.uk/
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk/ Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 8 pm (unless otherwise stated) and are held in the Abbot Hall Social Centre, Kendal.
20th November: Peter del Strother: " The Middle Jurassic of Ketton, Rutland"
18th December: Jacob’s Join and members’ night. Start time 7:30 pm.
15th January 2014: Prof. Barbara Maher: "Local research on Bassenthwaite"
19th February: AGM starting at 7:45pm followed by the Presidential Address: Dr. Emrys Phillips
19th March: Dr. Peter Kokelaar (Subject to be advised)
YORKSHIRE MID-WEEK GEOLOGY GROUP: West Yorkshire based informal mainly amateur and retired group that organises monthly field meetings or museum visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Details in regular Newsletters and on the Group's website: http://mwggyorkshire.webspace.virginmedia.com/. Contact: email@example.com
Wednesday, 4th December: The Annual Lecture, AGM and Christmas Lunch at The Bridge Inn, Walshford, just north of Wetherby on the old A1. The lecture this year is by one of our members – David Leather and his talk is entitled, 'The Cantabrican Cordillera'.
MONDAY, 20th January 2014. Please note it is a Monday! Another Members Day at Deepdale, Boston Spa. Meet at 10.30am. Members are invited to give short presentations on geological topics, field trips, holidays etc. or bring along anything which may be of interest to the group. This has proved to be popular in the last couple of years. Anyone willing to give a short presentation please contact Anne, Shirley or Alan. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own sandwiches.
Sunday 18th May to Friday 23rd May 2014 (provisional dates and arrangements): For the Annual Residential Field Trip in 2014 we are hoping to go to the Isle of Arran. David Leather and Ian Hunter have very kindly offered to lead this trip for us. Details are still in the planning stage but the date is likely to be Sunday, 18th May until Friday, 23rd May. Check the Newsletter or website for more details when these are available.
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Alex Keech <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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