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Patrick Boylan - President 2012-14

The Society's President for 2012 - 2014:  Professor Patrick Boylan

 


Introducing the Yorkshire Geological Society: get involved in geoscience in northern England

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From the high Pennines.....
- Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park..... (photo: Alison Tymon)

..... to the coast
- Ravenscar cliff, looking towards Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors National Park (photo: Alison Tymon)

Publications: one of the Society's very popular field guides

Find out more about the exciting geology of the region and internationally important developments in the Earth Sciences by joining the Yorkshire Geological Society. You will find a warm welcome at the YGS, and we are actively seeking new members to become involved with the Society.

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A field meeting at Stainland, W. Yorks.: examining the different Carboniferous sandstones on the moor. Members hear lectures on the latest research: a reconstruction of "fire fountains" of gigantic lava eruptions in Siberia around 250 million years ago, which may have cause the mass extinction of 90% of the world's species.  (Presidential Address of Prof. Paul Wignall, December 2010).  A Yorkshire Geology Month walk in Haworth, West Yorks., for the general public,   identifying and explaining the origins of the many different building stones seen in the village. 

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Remainder of the Summer Field Meeting Programme for 2014:

Saturday 28th June (NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE), 10.30am - 5pm: Joint Field Meeting with Geology Section of the Leicester Lit & Phil: Neoproterozoic rocks of the Charnwood Forest area, Leicestershire, Leader: Mike Howe, British Geological Survey

Meet: at 10:30 am at Mount St Bernard Abbey car park (SK 4589 1618) at 10:30 am. The car park is approached along a drive running south from Oaks Road and is open to the public. It is free, but with a box for donations. Toilets and picnic benches are available, so an early arrival is recommended. There will be a charge for parking at Bradgate Park (Old John – Hunts Hill entrance), likely to be £3 or £5 depending upon how long we stay. To maximise the geology, please bring packed lunches, but there are several pubs for refreshments afterwards. To get there: Take the M1 to Junction 23 and then head west along the A512 to Shepshed. Turn left (south) at the second set of traffic lights towards Coalville, and then take the second turning on the right along Oaks Road toward the Abbey.
Safety: Hard hats are not required, but hi-vis tabards are recommended. Strong walking boots are ideal, together with thick socks and trousers to minimise the risk from ticks in Bradgate Park. There is no hammering at any of the localities.
Geological Features of the Excursion:
The Ediacaran (Late Neoproterozoic, Precambrian) rocks of Charnwood Forest are of international significance; particularly so in the development of our understanding of the Ediacaran biota. The discovery of Charnia masoni by three schoolboys in 1957 (but see [1]) led to the re-evaluation of previous finds in Australia and the realisation that they were of Precambrian age. The Charnian rocks are dominantly volcaniclastic sediments, but with two volcanic complexes. In addition there are two sets of intrusions of diorite. The whole is overlain by Cambrian conglomerates, quartzites and slates – previously also thought to be of Precambrian age. The area is interpreted to have been formed in an island arc, in a setting very similar to Montserrat.
We shall start by examining rocks from the Whitwick Volcanic Complex used in the wall of the Abbey [2] and then investigate the relationships between the volcanic complex and the surrounding sedimentary sequence. We will visit Morley quarry in the Blackbrook Group, the oldest part of the sedimentary sequence, where BGS drilled a borehole [3]. We will then visit Bradgate Park [4] to view the younger sediments of the Maplewell Group and investigate their intriguing sedimentology, including the effects of earthquakes, before discussing the Ediacaran biota. We will also view quartzites of the Cambrian Brand Group and the intrusive South Charnwood Diorite. If time permits, we will search for the trace fossil Teichichnus in Newtown Linford Churchyard, which proved the Cambrian age of the Swithland Formation.
References:
[1]    Howe, Mike P.A.; Evans, Mark; Carney, John N.; Wilby, Philip R. 2012. New perspectives on the globally important Ediacaran fossil discoveries in Charnwood Forest, UK: Harley's 1848 prequel to Ford (1958).  Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 59, (2), 137-144. 10.1144/pygs2012-321. http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/20987/1/Historical%20Review%20Paper_V17_Oct.pdf
[2]        Carney, J N, 2010. Guide to the geology of Mount St. Bernard, Charnwood Lodge, Warren Hills and Bardon Hill, Charnwood Forest. British Geological Survey Open Report, OR/10/044. http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/12098/1/OR10044.pdf
[3]        BGS OpenGeoscience Borehole Scans: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/data/boreholescans/home.html and specifically: http://scans.bgs.ac.uk/sobi_scans/boreholes/216505
[4]        Carney, J N, 2010. Guide to the geology of Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood, Charnwood Forest. British Geological Survey. British Geological Survey Open Report, 0R/10/041.
http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/11705/1/Bradgate_Guide_JNC2010.pdf

  Sunday 27th July, 10am - 4.30pm: A geological walk in Upper Teesdale, Leader: Doug Holliday

Meet at the car park [867 298] in Forest-in-Teesdale, off the B6277 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Alston road, for a 10 am start. The purpose of this excursion is to take an 8-9 mile walk during which many of the numerous spectacular and unusual geological features of Upper Teesdale will be viewed and discussed. It is hoped to return to the cars by around 4.30 pm.
The Burtreeford Disturbance, an eastwards-facing faulted moncline, cuts across the Tees Valley with a N-S trend. It has a profound effect hereabouts on the topography, particularly evident from the outcrop of the Whin Sill. The displacement of the sill is less than in the Carboniferous country rocks suggesting at least two phases of movement in the development of the monocline. To the west of the structure, an aerially extensive, but poorly exposed inlier of Lower Palaeozoic rocks, the Cronkley Inlier, occurs in the lower parts of the valley. At Cronkley Pencil Mill [848 296] rocks of the Llanvirn Kirkland Formation (Skiddaw Group) are exposed. The slates are sparsely fossiliferous and have yielded graptolites. Particularly on the northern bank of the river, the slates are cut by lamprophyre dykes. Upstream, opposite Widdybank Farm [8385 2966], a now much degraded outcrop (or perhaps a collection of loose blocks) of tuffaceous rocks thought to be part of the Borrowdale Volcanic Group can be seen.
Further upstream on the opposite bank of the river in the cliffs at Falcon Clints [835 282], the oldest Carboniferous strata in the area (Ravenstonedale and Great Scar Limestone groups) will be observed if time permits. At White Well Green [840 283] the junction between the Whin Sill and the overlying Great Scar Limestone Group is exposed. From here eastwards to Thistle Green [844 284] some complex relationships and irregular contacts between the sill and the country rock are evident. The limestones are particularly strongly metamorphosed here by the sill into coarsely crystalline marbles, the so-called Teesdale Sugar Limestone. Descending from Thistle Green back to the cars, the spectacular White Force waterfall [852 280] (Whin Sill on ‘sugar limestone’) can be seen. The extensive former mining (hushing) operations at Coldberry Gutter are evident on the skyline, and closer the impact of the Burtreeford Disturbance again becomes clear. Throughout the walk, a range of erosive and depositional glacial features will be seen
Public footpaths will be followed throughout. There is one fairly modest ascent and a similar descent. It should be noted that progress along some parts of the path by the banks of the River Tees are subject to flooding and may be impeded by boulders.  Even in dry weather much of the route can be wet underfoot. Thus, good walking boots and suitable waterproofs are recommended. Packed lunch and drinks should be taken. In the event of inclement weather, a shorter alternative itinerary in better sheltered and less exposed ground will be offered.
Suggested References:
Burgess, I. C & Holliday, D.W. 1979. Geology of the country around Brough-under-Stainmore. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Sheet 31.
Dunham, K.C. 1990. Geology of the Northern Pennine Orefield: Vol. 1, Tyne to Stainmore. 2nd Edition. Economic Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain.
Wilson, P. & Clark, R. 1995. Landforms associated with a Loch Lomand Stadial glacier at Cronkley Scar, Teesdale, northern Pennines.  Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 50, 255-283.
Maps:
Ordnance Survey 1:25 000 Outdoor Leisure Series 31 Teesdale
British Geological Survey 1:25 000 Sheet Middleton-in-Teesdale
British Geological Survey 1:50 000 Sheet 25 Alston
British Geological Survey 1:50 000 Sheet 31 Brough-under-Stainmore

Sunday 31st August, 10.30am - 5pm: Mineralisation and Mining at Malham, Leaders: Mike Squirrel and John Knight

Place:   Meet 10.30am at car park next to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Information Centre, Malham  SD900627; parking fee £4.20 for all-day parking; toilet facilities
Geological Features of the Excursion:
We are again returning to the Malham area in response to recent research published in the British Mining Monograph No 97 -  ‘The Malham Mines’ [1], to recent updates on models for Mississippi–Valley Type (MVT) ore deposits [2].
This area has many of the classic characteristics of a MVT lead-zinc deposit, although on a very small scale compared to the Alston Block and many other mineralised parts of the Askrigg Block.  It contains a variety of minerals and deposit types [3,4].
It is intended that this excursion should be on the basis of “observe and discuss” rather than “show and tell”.  For this reason it is aimed to encourage participation from amateur geologists and those who just wish to know more of this classic area as well as those who have more specific geological interests.  A good introduction to the main features of this area can be found in Excursion No 2 of the Society’s field excursion guide- Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape [5]. Reference to the relevant geological map and Ordnance Survey map are provided below [6.7].
From the car park, the first location is to the junction of Long Lane/Straight Lane. This is part of the pack horse route from Pikedaw to Town Head and affords views of Malham Cove and an opportunity to discuss the general geology of the area. The route then follows the line of the Middle Craven Fault (MCF) extending up to close to Pikedaw Hill where mining remains and mineralisation will be examined. The replacement of limestone by dolomite and silica is evident locally with dyke like masses of silicification seen near the MCF. After visiting Pikedaw New Shaft and the nearby washing floors lunch will be taken near Pikedaw Head Gate. During lunch, participants can take the opportunity to examine the spoil heaps adjacent to Pikedaw Head Gate.
Kuhling Hole, a cave on the MCF will give participants the opportunity to examine and discuss the role of the Bowland Shales. Another mined cave again close to the MCF will be visited. From this point, time and the weather will determine the extent to which the excursion will proceed westwards..
The excursion will return eastwards on the bridleway to Pikedaw Head Gate and then descend to Twin Bottom Caves an old ochre mine before returning to Malham to look at Calamine House, Calamine Works and some miners’ cottages.  Participants are reminded that this narrow road may be heavily used at a weekends and this part of the excursion involves some 700 m of road-walking; great care must be exercised.
 
Safety:  This excursion involves a maximum of 12 km walking and a locally steep climb rising 300 m on rough and potentially slippery grassy paths. Visits will be made to cave entrances only; there will be no underground visits. The summit area around Pikedaw Head Gate can be very exposed to strong cold winds.  Participants require to be moderately fit and to be equipped with stout footwear and waterproofs and warm clothing. 
Please note that the excursion is entirely within the National Park and hammering is strongly discouraged; recommended field equipment- camera, hand lens, penknife, acid bottle only.
Lunch will be taken in the field; participants should bring a packed lunch and drinks.
References: 
[1]        Gill M.C. & Squirrell M. 2014: The Malham Mines. British Mining No 97.  Northern Mine Research Society.
[2]                    Hollis, C. & Walkden, G. 2012: Burial diagnostic evolution of the Lower Carboniferous of the Southern margin of the Askrigg Platform and a comparison with the Derbyshire Platform.  Petroleum Geoscience, 18, pp 83-95
[3]        Dunham, K.C. & Wilson A. A. 1985: Geology of the North Pennine Orefield: Volume 2, Stainmore to Craven. Economic Memoir of the British Geological Survey
[4]        Arthurton, R.S., Johnson, E.W. & Mundy, D.J.C. 1988: Geology of the country around Settle.  Mem. Br. Geol. Survey, Sheet 60 (England & Wales)
[5]        Mundy, D. & Arthurton, R. 2006: The Craven Fault Zone – Malham to Settle.  Excursion No 2, pp.30-41.  Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape (3rd Edition), Eds. Scrutton, C. & Powell, J. Yorkshire Geological Society
[6]        England & Wales Sheet 60, Solid and Drift Edition (1991): 1:50,000 series.  British Geological Survey      
[7]        Yorkshire Dales- Southern and Western Areas, Explorer Map OL 2, scale 1:25,000.  Ordnance Survey
For more information and to register your intention to attend please contact:
Mike Squirrell email: <TUFTY@monreith.fsnet.co.uk> or telephone- 01943 601712 (answer machine)

Saturday 13th September, 10.30am - 5pm: Lower Jurassic rocks between Staithes and Port Mulgrave, North Yorkshire Coast. Leader: Andy Howard, British Geological Survey (a YGS contribution to the Scarborough Fossil Festival Weekend)


Meet at 10-30am outside the Staithes Gateway Centre at the Bank Top Car Park (pay and display, current price £5.50 for day ticket, please bring change). The car park is located on Staithes Lane, off the A174. Grid Reference NZ 782185, postcode for sat nav TS13 5AD.
The excursion will gradually traverse the wave cut platform between Staithes Harbour and Port Mulgrave, a distance of approximately 3km. There are no paths up the cliff between Staithes and Port Mulgrave, so although the trip will mostly take place on a falling tide (low tide 1.45pm) it is essential that the party keeps together, if you wish to depart early for any reason please ensure to inform the party leader. We will reach Port Mulgrave around 3pm and ascend the cliff up the steep path (ascent 90m), returning to Staithes by the Cleveland Way path by 4pm. Total walking distance is about 6km.
Health, safety and comfort
The cliffs along route are high and minor falls of material are frequent. A hard hat must be worn at all times while on the wave cut platform and do not linger close to the foot of the cliff. The terrain can be uneven and slippery in places, so good walking boots with ankle support are recommended, and avoid walking on seaweed covered rocks.
Please bring a packed lunch, drinks, and warm and waterproof clothing. Use of antibacterial hand wipes or gel is recommended before eating your lunch. Note that, after we leave Staithes harbour at about 11-30 am, there are no public toilets available until the end of the excursion.
Geological features of the excursion
The shoreline and cliffs between Staithes and Port Mulgrave offer a world class exposure of Lower Jurassic strata, and include a continuously exposed section through shallow marine sediments spanning the Pliensbachian-Toarcian boundary, one of the most intensively studied episodes of global warming in the geological record. The section includes the shallow marine tempestite sandstones and siltstones of the Staithes Sandstone Formation, the interbedded mudstones, siltstones and ooidal ironstones of the Cleveland Ironstone Formation, and the organic rich black shales of the Whitby Mudstone Formation. The succession reflects the complex interplay of weather, climate, sea level change and local tectonics over a range of timescales, from local storm events lasting a few hours to global changes in climate driven by Milankovitch cyclicity and distant volcanic eruptions on the Gondwana continent. The excursion will demonstrate the impact of these events on the sedimentary facies and sequence architecture, and on the contemporary biodiversity preserved in the diverse fauna of bivalves, ammonites, belemnites and trace fossils. There will be numerous opportunities to observe and photograph these fossils and associated sedimentary features in situ, but please note that the section is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so collecting is permitted only from loose material.
Recommended reading
Scrutton, C. T. & Powell, J. H. 2006. Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape – A Field Guide (Excursion 16). 3rd Edition. Yorkshire Geological Society.
Rawson, P. F. & Wright, J. K. 2000. The Yorkshire Coast (Itinerary 1). Geologists’ Association Guide No. 34. 3rd Edition. The Geologists’ Association.
Powell, J.H. 2010 Jurassic sedimentation in the Cleveland Basin; a review. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 58, 21-72
Attendance is limited to 35, please email Andy Howard (ash@bgs.ac.uk) if you are intending to come on the trip.

Sunday 14th September afternoon): Coastal Geological Walk Scarborough area, Leader: John Hudson (a YGS contribution to Scarborough Fossil Festival Weekend) - details to follow

 


Outline Programme for the rest of 2014:

Saturday 11th October: Full day joint event with Hull College of Art and Design and Hull Geological Society: Shifting Relations between Geology and the Visual Arts, including the opening of the one month photographic exhibition in the College of the open exhibition of photographs: "The Aesthetics of Geology" - entries open to all interested parties: see separate notice below,
Saturday 8th November: Afternoon meeting in York (University of St. John): "Geotechnical Engineering Projects in Northern England - a review of current projects and problems)
Saturday 6th December: Afternoon meeting and early evening (Weetwood Hall, Leeds): Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address: "The continuing value of historic palaeontological collections to contemporary research" by the retiring President Patrick Boylan, followed by the President's Reception and buffet dinner.

Open Photographic Exhibition: "The Aesthetics of Geology", Hull College of Art and Design, October 2014

The Yorkshire and Hull Geological Societies are working together with the Hull College of Art and Design on plans for a one month Open Exhibiton of selected submitted photographs of both geological and aesthetic interest, to be opened during the one day joint meeting in the College on Saturday 11th October.

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Latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 59 Pt. 4 November 2013) on line on the Lyell Collection at: http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content/current

Contents

Thematic Article: Paul D. Taylor, Jane A. Barnbrook and Consuelo Sendino: Endolithic biota of belemnites from the Early Cretaceous Speeton Clay Formation of North Yorkshire, UK
Peter Wilson, Tom Lord, Christoph Schnabel and Peter J. Vincent: Holocene erosion at the summit of Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales, northern England, indicated by cosmogenic 10Be surface exposure dating
Stephen K. Donovan: The cladid crinoid Cupressocrinites Goldfuss in the Devonian of SW England
Obituary: Dr Robert Knox

New Society Award to mark the Society’s 175th anniversary year: the Dr W.S. Bisat FRS Medal

At the December 2013 AGM it was announced that the Council had agreed to accept an offer of an anonymous donation to fund the establishment of an additional Society Award to mark the Society’s 175th anniversary year. This will take the form of a Medal, to be awarded not more frequently than once every two years, to be named in honour of Dr William S. Bisat, a member of the Society from 1909 to his death in 1973 and the President for 1938-40.  Dr Bisat, one of the very few amateur scientists to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the 20th century, was by profession a civil engineer, rising from a school-leaver Junior to Chief Engineer and Director of a leading Yorkshire public works and civil engineering contractor and consultancy, while at the same time establishing a worldwide reputation for his work on Carboniferous palaeontology and stratigraphy, as well as contributing much to the understanding of the Quaternary of our region.
Council wants the new award to be distinct from the Society’s existing Medals (the Phillips Medal – established with a donation from W.S. Bisat, the Sorby Medal and the Moore Medal) and therefore proposes that it be awarded to recognise excellence and outstanding achievement within the field of Applied Geology. The intention is that Applied Geology should be interpreted widely, covering not only such long-established  fields as engineering geology, mining, exploration and petroleum geology, but also increasingly important newer and emerging fields such as e.g. geoconservation and forensic geology. The detailed terms for the new award will now be drawn up by the Council and published in good time for nominations to be received and the first award to be made at the 2014 AGM.
Patrick Boylan, President

 

Officers and Council elected at the 7th December 2013 Annual General Meeting


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:  

David Blythe
Claire Dashwood PhD
David Hill BSc
Dr Earl Haworth TD FRCS
Andrew Howard PhD
Trevor Morse PhD
Camilla Nichol
Bill Paley MSc
Richard Saville BSc
Michael Squirrell BSc
John Varker PhD

 

Proceedings now fully digitised from vol. 1 (1839) to vol. 5 with free online access to individual YGS members

Instructions for YGS member access to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 1839 to 2011 in the Lyell Collection
This notice contains important information that will enable you to access the online.  Please make sure that you retain the address label from the envelope containing your latest YGS Circular– this contains your YGS membership number, which you will need to activate your subscription.
Following the launch of the Proceedings in the Lyell Collection, individual members who subscribe to the journal can now view the entire archive from Volume 1 (1839) online.
Before you can access the Proceedings online, you will need to activate your subscription. To do this, go to the YGS Proceedings subscription activation page:
http://www.lyellcollection.org/cgi/activate/ibasic and enter your subscriber ID number in the bottom right hand box.  Your subscriber ID is your YGS membership number,
which is the four digit number shown in the top left hand corner of the address label, with the prefix YGS (e.g. YGS9999). (Ignore the reference to "Institutional Subscription
Access" at the top, and to "payment confirmation letter) "on the bottom line: just put your YGS membership number in the box on the bottom line and press the "submit" button.)
Follow the instructions on the next screen and complete parts A and B.  In part B, you will need to set your own user name and password, which you will use when you next login
to the Proceedings site in the Lyell Collection. Once you have activated your subscription, you will be able to browse the PYGS archive.
For subsequent access, go direct to the PYGS site on the Lyell Collection web site at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/
The links to both the subscription activation page and your regular login are live on this YGS Home Page and/or can be copied and pasted into your web browser.

 

Stewart Molyneux
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 Some 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 http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/ only. All users must agree to the BGS terms and conditions before downloading each Memoir.
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Searchable Indexes to 138 years of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (1837-1995) now available on line

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 as follows:
Index to PYGS volumes 1 to 25 (1837-1946)
Index to PYGS volumes 26 to 37 (1947-1970)
Index to PYGS volumes 38 to 50 (1970-1995
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.

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Yorkshire Rocks and Landscapethe popular YGS Field Guide, Third Edition

Yorkshire, famed for its scenic beauty and its rich industrial heritage, contains some of the most interesting geology and scenery in England , 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 half–day walks to longer outings. Some are in moorland areas such as the Craven Inliers and the Pennines; others cover the Dinosaur 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 area’s 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 underlying geology,

 About the Authors: The field guide, edited by Drs. Colin Scrutton and John Powell, has contributions from knowledgeable 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 Yorkshire and surrounding areas currently available.  

Published: September 2006; 224 pp, 22 figures.  Price 9.99, plus postage and packing 3.35. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

  Also available at indoor meetings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (no p&p) and from selected bookshops.

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A major Yorkshire Geological Society Publication!

Carboniferous Hydrocarbon Geology: the southern North Sea and surrounding onshore areas

edited by

John Collinson, David Evans, Doug Holliday & Neil Jones, 2005

Click here for full details and samples of the full colour illustrations!
Price now reduced to 10 plus 5 p. & p. Cheques should be made payable to Yorkshire Geological Society. Please send your order form to: Dr J H Powell, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG

Important Notice to Members and others:Short Communications: Proceedings and Circular/Web Site

Rapid publication of short papers is common amongst journals, particularly those published weekly, monthly or bi-monthly, as a way of disseminating information quickly on topical or contentious issues, exceptional new discoveries or major developments.   Given its publication schedule, the adoption of such a publication strategy is not appropriate for the Proceedings.  Nevertheless, as a way of encouraging the membership to make more use of the Proceedings, and for that matter the Society’s other vehicles for publication, the Circular and web site, Council would welcome more short communications. Short communications submitted to the Proceedings might include anything for which it would be worth having a permanent published record, for example descriptions of new and/or temporary exposures.  Those intended for the Circular or web site could include more topical or newsworthy items, including brief reports of field meetings, new fossil/mineral occurrences, photographs of interesting geological features with a brief description or the work of RIGS groups. Short communications to the Proceedings should not exceed two published pages, approximately 2,000 words (or equivalents including figures) and will be subject to the normal review and editorial procedures, although a Summary will not be necessary. Please send your contributions in the usual manner to the Editors (see ‘Instructions to Authors’ in the PYGS as a general guideline).

For the A5 format of the Circular (and web site), contributions should be 300-400 words, but can include colour photographs and figures; these will also be subject to editorial review. These items should be sent to the Circular Editor in the first instance (see back page of the Circular for details).

Stewart Molyneux, Principal Editor PYGS
Keith Park, YGS Circular Editor
Patrick Boylan, YGS Web Editor

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New Edition 2004 with minor revisions: price 9.99 plus 3.35 postage and packing

Price £9.99, plus £3.35 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

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Corresponding Societies

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CRAVEN & PENDLE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Paul Kabrna e-mail: paul_kabrna@hotmail.com or http://www.cpgs.org.uk/ (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: The Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick)
CUMBERLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: Rosemary Vidler, 11 Blencathra View, Threlkeld, Cumbria, phone no 017687 79326, e-mail: rosevidler@freeuk.com; http://www.cumberland-geol-soc.org.uk/
EAST MIDLANDS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Janet Slater, tel. 01509-843.297; e-mail: sec@emgs.org.uk or http://www.emgs.org.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Lecture Theatre B3, Biological Sciences Building, University of Nottingham)
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: David Boon, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, daba@bgs.ac.uk
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0272, e-mail: kmgo@bgs.ac.uk. 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.)
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: geol.assoc@btinternet.com, 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.
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
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Anthea Brigstocke (General Secretary). Tel: 01904 626 013: E-mail: lga@brigstocke.myzen.co.uk Field Meetings: Judith Dawson Tel. 0113 270 1069 e-mail: dawsonemail@tiscali.co.uk or http://www.leedsgeolassoc.freeserve.co.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Conference Centre Auditorium 2, Leeds University at 7pm.
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.
MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: http://www.mangeolassoc.org.uk Sue Plumb, Hon. General Secretary: e-mail: secretary@mangrolassoc.org.uk; programme enquiries: lectures@mangeolassoc.org.uk. (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Williamson Building, Department of Geology, University of Manchester)
NORTH EASTERN GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Prof. Gillian FG Foulger, University of Durham, tel. 0191-334.2314, e-mail: g.r.foulger@durham.ac.uk. 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
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: contact@neyorksgeologytrust.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: m.b.allen@durham.ac.uk
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCATION: Eileen Fraser Tel: 01260 271505 email: fraser@fraserco.co.uk 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: suerawson@yahoo.co.uk (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: geology@sorby.org.uk; website: http://www.sorby.org.uk/
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: mail@westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk 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.
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: mwggyorkshire@virginmedia.com
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Alex Keech <yorkshireregionalgroup@gmail.com>

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