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Introducing the Yorkshire Geological Society: get involved in geoscience in the north of 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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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the one event expressly required to be held annually under the Rules of the Society, and is the principal occasion when the President, Officers and Members of Council are available to answer directly to the Members of the Society.   It is therefore a fundamental part of running an open and participative Society.   I therefore urge all members who are able to do so to try to attend the AGM, to meet Members of Council and other members of the Society, and to express any views relevant to running the Society – you will be very welcome.
This is a valedictory “President’s Word” as I look forward to handing over the baton to our new President, Dr Andy Howard, during this forthcoming AGM.   It is appropriate to reflect on the programme of the last year or so, which has included some memorable highlights, some exciting and fun field excursions and inevitably a few hiccups. In doing so, it is important to remember that this Society runs on an entirely voluntary basis- this means that all the programme activities are conceived, organised and implemented by members, normally Members of Council, who devote their personal free time and effort to the benefit of the Society.   I therefore record thanks and appreciation to the Members of Council who have served in the 2015-2016 session, the Officers of the Society who have ensured the smooth running during the year and to all those who have made the effort to organise and contribute to meetings and lead field excursions, not forgetting “unsung heroes” who man our welcome and sales desks at meetings and others who help at Society stands at the various roadshows and festivals we support.
It is normally inappropriate to single out individuals among so many who are making significant contributions, but one exception has to be to extend our thanks to our General Secretary, Paul Hildreth, who with quiet efficiency keeps the show on the road, in addition to leading excursions, which this year have included the memorable boat trip at Flamborough Head.   The other exception is for me, on behalf of the Society, to record our appreciation of the dedication and hard work of Dr Stewart Molyneux, who at this AGM stands down as Principal Editor of the Proceedings after some 14 years at the helm.  The fact that the Proceedings has maintained its standing and impact as a respected scientific journal is very much testimony of Stewart’s effort and commitment.  We welcome Dr Steve Donovan to Council as the new Principal Editor of the Proceedings.
I hope to meet many members at the AGM and take the opportunity to wish all members a peaceful and enjoyable festive season.
John Knight

President’s Day and Annual General Meeting, Saturday 10th December 2016, 2pm to 7.30pm Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5PS, followed by the President’s Reception and Buffet Supper.

2.00pm onwards: Mince pies, coffee, tea and juice

3.00pm:  Annual General Meeting: Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introduction by the President, Dr John Knight
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the 2015 AGM
[Nicola: There are two photo portraits re this section, but they don’t need to be placed within the AGM agenda itself: Woodcock: caption “Nigel Woodcock, Sorby Medal 2026”; Tymon: caption “Alison Tymon, Moore Medal 2016”]
  1. Presentation of the Sorby Medal for 2016 to Dr. N.H. Woodcock, Reader in Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, for his distinguished contributions to geological knowledge of Yorkshire and the north of England
  2. Presentation of the Moore Medal for 2016 to Mrs. A.M. Tymon for her distinguished services to geological education in the north of England
  3. Presentation of the Fearnsides Award for 2016 to Dr. L. Campbell, University of Leeds, to support her geological research which Annual Report was recognised by Council as having outstanding potential.
  4. Presentation to Alan Mills in appreciation of services given over several years in support of the Society's sales of publications and merchandise.
  5. Annual Report of the Council for 2015 – 2016 by the General Secretary, Paul Hildreth (incorporating reports from the various Commmittees and Steering Groups of Council)**
  6. Financial Report and Summary of the Accounts by the General Treasurer, John Holt**
(** The full texts of the Annual Report and Accounts will be published  in the Society’s Proceedings in the first half of 2017.)
  1. As at 8th November 2016 the following nominations had been received. Any further proposals or volunteers should reach the General Secretary, Paul Hildreth, no later than 27th November
President: Dr. Andrew Howard (Science Director Geology and Geophysics, British Geological Survey)
Vice-Presidents: Dr. John Knight and Professor Patrick Boylan
General Secretary: Paul Hildreth
General Treasurer: John Holt
Membership Secretary: Dr. John Varker
Programme Secretary: VACANT
Principal Editor: Prof. Dr. Stephen Donovan (Senior Researcher, Mesozoic & Palaeozoic Invertebrates, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands)
Circular and Website Editor: Professor Patrick Boylan
Social Media Editor: Dr. Andrew Howard
Other members of Council:    [Nicola: names of Other Members below could be set in two columns]
Dr David Blythe
Malcolm Fry
David Hill
Dr Sarah King
William Paley
Rick Saville
Will Watts
Dr Noel Worley
  1. Introduction by the President, Dr John Knight, of the new President, Dr Andrew Howard
  2. Dr Howard will then invite Dr John Knight to give his Presidential Address: “Late Carboniferous Chronostratigraphy 2 – Towards an Absolute Time Framework” (see Abstract below)
  3. Vote of thanks and final remarks – the new President
PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION FOLLOWED BY BUFFET SUPPER: 5.45pm TO 7.30pm (approx.) £25 per person: pre-booking with the General Secretary Paul Hildreth required by 27th November 2016

Next Society Meeting: Saturday 28th January 2017: Durham University: “The North Atlantic: From Origin to Energy” (Joint Meeting with the North East Geological Society)



Late Carboniferous Chronostratigraphy of Western Europe 2: towards an absolute time framework. (Presidential Address, 10th December 2016): Dr. John A. Knight, (Research Associate, Centro Paleobotánico, Real Jardín Botánico de Córdoba, Spain)

This address develops the topic of the Presidential Address delivered in December 2015.  Necessarily a brief recapitulation sets the background.  This presentation will summarise the status of on-going work and the objectives for committed new research projects in Northern Spain.
The chronostratigraphic framework for the Carboniferous of Western Europe was formalised in some detail for the interval now identified as the regional stages Tournaisian through to Westphalian.  This succession was identified in the essentially continuous sedimentary succession along the northern external margin of the European Variscides.  However, in the late Westphalian, in this northern foreland area significant climatic change and regional uplift were precursors of widespread tectonism and basin inversion.  The Stephanian stage was designated on successions in a number of individually isolated intramontane basins in the Massif Central of France.  A comprehensive point of reference on the development of Pennsylvanian chronostratigraphic units is Wagner & Winkler Prins 2016.
Only in a limited number of areas could the uppermost chronostratigraphic unit of the Westphalian, at that time designated Westphalian D, be adequately characterised.  This unit was defined in the first instance in the Saar-Lorraine Coalfield; the primary biostratigraphical reference relied on floras collected mainly in underground mine workings.  In this region the top of the Westphalian D, which necessarily would be the base of the succeeding unit, was in effect undefined, as the highest Westphalian D strata in the Saar-Lorraine Coalfield were truncated by a significant unconformity below the Holz Conglomerate, attributed Stephanian A age.  The stratigraphic gap below the Holz Conglomerate has since been assessed to represent some 3 - 4 Ma (Burger et al. 1997; Cleal 2008).
Robert Wagner, then at the University of Sheffield and working intensively in Northern Spain, submitted a proposal to the Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy (SCCS) in 1965, that a new Cantabrian Stage should be recognised, on the basis that it represented the time interval between the topmost recognised Westphalian D and the base of Stephanian A, as formally recognised in the Loire Basin of Central France.  The proposed Cantabrian stratotype in Northern Spain was in a thick succession of mixed marine and terrigenous sediments with abundant plant fossils, allowing correlation with the successions of north-west Europe, and also marine fauna allowing correlation with the successions of the Russian platform.
The acceptance by the SCCS of the Cantabrian Stage and of its stratotype in Northern Spain (George & Wagner 1972) and a corresponding recommendation that the base of Stephanian A should also be re-defined in the region, transferred the focus for chronostratigraphic definition of the later Pennsylvanian within the West European framework to Northern Spain.  There has since been continuing study and evaluation of the Pennsylvanian successions in Northern Spain leading to a framework of four successive substages covering the interval previously referred to as Westphalian D through to mid-Stephanian B (viz. Asturian, Cantabrian, Barruelian, Saberian).  Of these the Cantabrian and Barruelian have received formal approval from the SCCS, while the Asturian and Saberian are still proposals, although the Asturian has become a widely referenced chronostratigraphic unit. 
The address will briefly review the status and stratotypes of each of the formal and proposed substages, with respect to the sedimentary environment and the relationship of the successive depositional basins which host the stratotypes.  Sedimentation is in a foreland setting within the southern external zone of the Variscides, facing the Palaeotethys Sea.  The principal biostratigraphical support throughout the succession is the rich and cosmopolitan macroflora, although there are locally abundant benthic marine faunas.  In particular the fusulinid fauna of the mid-Cantabrian succession correlates to the base of the Kasimovian Stage, to a horizon which in the Donetz Basin includes a tonstein which has yielded a U-Pb zircon date of 307.3 Ma (ID-TIMS dating reported in Davydov et al. 2010). 
Palynology has to date been found to offer very limited biostratigraphical support, due to the poor preservation of palynomorphs, possibly attributable to the regional effects of igneous intrusions and/or tectonism and their relationship with the commonly high rank of coals.  However, recently collected samples from the Barruelo and Sabero coalfields, when subjected to the latest approaches to preparation, have yielded promising floras which may now justify a more comprehensive programme of re-sampling.
Tonsteins have been recorded at numerous horizons in the late Pennsylvanian coalfields of Northern Spain but to date the only published robust U-Pb zircon dates are from the Sabero Coalfield.  In this presentation a new age determination for a horizon a short interval below the base of the proposed Saberian substage will be discussed.  Together with already published dates from tonsteins a short interval above this horizon, these data indicate an age of around 302.3 Ma for the base of this substage. 
In the West European framework an important reference horizon across the northern paralic area is the Aegiranum (Mansfield) Marine Band, which marks the base of the Bolsovian substage.  Recently published radiometric dates for tonstein horizons closely above and below this horizon (Waters & Condon 2012, Pointon et al. 2012) provide the basis for interpreting the age of this horizon as closely around 314 Ma.  Taking this as a point of reference, an absolute time interval of around 12 Ma brackets four West European regional substages, Bolsovian, Asturian, Cantabrian, Barruelian.  This provides a broad reference framework, further supported by the projected radiometric age attributable to mid-Cantabrian.  
Further investigation of the radiometric age of other tonsteins from the Asturian Central Coalfield and younger, apparently Saberian deposits, is currently in progress by other institutions in Spain and is anticipated to assist refinement of an absolute time framework.  However this must be supported by careful stratigraphic control of the successions which host dated horizons.  Additionally, a number of assumptions on stratigraphic relationships require to be tested against an absolute time scale.  One issue is that the age now established for the base of the Saberian now defines an interval of only some 3.5 Ma from the accepted age of the top contact of the Carboniferous System, at 298.8 Ma.  This interval in theory needs to accommodate strata hitherto assigned to the Saberian, Stephanian B sensu stricto, Stephanian C,  and possibly part of the Autunian, substages. 
Current work programmes have focussed on detailed interpretation of the Villablino coalfield and adjacent coalfields in western León and Asturias, which host apparently very thick sedimentary successions generally attributed a considerably younger age than the well-constrained Saberian age of coalfields on the southern flank of the Cantabrian Mountains.  This contributes also to a research objective to review the Carboniferous-Permian transition in the Iberian Peninsula.


It’s my privilege to be taking over from John Knight as President of the Society towards the end of our AGM on December 10th, so in time-honoured fashion here are a few biographical words about my background as a geologist and my priorities as your President.
I was born and bred in Worksop, a geological town just over the East Midlands border in north Nottinghamshire. In my youth, much of Worksop’s workforce was employed in local industries with a direct and clear geological connection, namely coal mining and manufacture of glassware, cement and refractory products based on locally mined materials. With my interest in geology kindled by collecting fossils on the beaches of Cayton and Robin Hood’s Bays, and encouraged by an inspirational geography teacher, I started to work on my Yorkshire geology credentials by taking a degree at Sheffield University, taught by such YGS stalwarts as Jack Soper, Mike Romano and Martin Whyte. I then completed a PhD at Queen Mary College London on the sedimentology and palaeoecology of the Lower Jurassic Staithes Sandstone and Cleveland Ironstone Formations, supervised by past YGS president Peter Rawson.
This led to a job at the BGS starting in 1984, initially as a sedimentologist working for Robert Knox, then as a mapping geologist working for Neil Aitkenhead and Albert Wilson. BGS always preferred to broaden the experience of its mapping geologists and discourage ‘overspecialisation’, so I was promptly banned from the Jurassic. Nevertheless, my career has been punctuated by many projects in central and northern England, starting in the Forest of Bowland but mainly focussing on urban mapping (including Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester and the Lancashire towns). All without, of course, ever transgressing across the upper boundary of the Penarth Group.
After spells as regional geologist in the East Midlands and Lancashire, my more recent roles at BGS have been concerned with managing the transition to digital geological mapping and 3D modelling methods, and to introduction of new geophysical surveys and observation sites to monitor geological change over ‘timescales that matter to people’.
Throughout my career I’ve always believed strongly in the value of local and regional geological societies and have contributed many lectures and field trips. I joined YGS in 1980, served on the Council of the East Midlands Geological Society and as Mercian Geologist editor for many years in the 1990s and early 2000s, and joined YGS Council in December 2011. I am also a strong supporter of professional accreditation as a Charted Geologist since its inception in the 1990s, and now as a member of the Geological Society of London’s Science and Accreditation Committees. These are connections I can bring to my role as President of the YGS.
It’s an honour to serve as President of such a well-respected and prestigious Society, with its long history of success in fostering and communicating the development of the science of geology in northern England. Looking forward, the Society faces both challenges and opportunities to broaden and diversify its reach and membership, and raise the profile of its activities. Most significantly, renewed public interest (and indeed scrutiny) of the geology of northern England is being driven by the exploration of new energy and minerals resources, and the needs of new major infrastructure.
And yet, like the changing workforce of Worksop, the basic public understanding of the significance of their local geology is arguably being lost. YGS and other geological societies have a critical role to play in connecting geoscience professionals with the public to promote the importance of geology, and explain why we need to continue to build new scientific understanding to encourage effective custodianship of our resources and the environment. John Knight has made those connections a priority of Council during his tenure as President, and I look forward to working with you all to continue to make this happen.

Andy Howard


Volunteers needed to assist with the Society’s programme of meetings and field excursions from 2017

The Society’s programme of meetings and excursions has been amongst the most important and most widely appreciated parts of its work throughout its long life, but this has always, and continues to, depend on the contributions of our members – for ideas for meeting and excursion themes, as speakers and field meeting leaders, and as organisers and coordinators for particular elements or events in each year’s programme.
As the Programme Committee and Council start work on our 2017 programme, can you offer suggestions or help? In addition to more general ideas or offers, perhaps for particular meeting, Council is urgently seeking nominations to fill the role of Programme Secretary, as our Interim Programme Secretary, Dr Earl Howath, who stepped into the position at very short notice earlier this year, feels that he could not take on the role on a longer term basis.  (Council feels that as in sdome similar societies the workload of the Programme Secretary could be split if there is a willing volunteer to serve as Assistant Field Excursion Secretary, working in conjunction with the Programme Secretary and Programme Committee.)
Any member who feel they can contribute either on a one-off basis or in one or other of these roles are invited to discuss their interest with the General Secretary (Paul Hildreth, telephone: 01652) 655784; e-mail: <paul.hildreth46@gmail.com> or the President (John Knight, telephone: 01773 836253; e-mail: <jaknightuk@btinternet.com>.

Book Review: Samuel Scriven, 2016: Fossils of the Jurassic Coast.   Paperback, 22o pages. £14.95. Published by The JurassicCoast Trust, ISBN: 9780993110719, distributed by the Geological Society Bookshop, http://geolsoc.org.uk/MPFOS
This book of course concerns an area far from Yorkshire, but the Jurassic Coast Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site is iconic, and indeed encompasses much geology and many fossils familiar to Yorkshire geologists. Ostensibly, it is a simple guide to the fossils found along the Jurassic Coast, but extra touches mean this is a nice addition to any bookshelf. This is a very good looking book, and invites the reader in with large, full colour photos and images, well balanced with descriptive text.
The book is squarely aimed at beginners and generalists, and takes them on a journey through Earth’s history to set the scene for the rocks on the Jurassic Coast. Fossilisation, evolution, tectonics and erosion are all covered in order to lay the foundations for understanding the coast and its significance. The majority of this 200-page book is then taken up with a series of explorations of the rock types along the coast, in chronological order. These sections are richly illustrated with fossils from museum collections, present-day environmental analogues, and reconstructions. At the end of each section is an itinerary, indicating where to see the fossils and rocks covered in the field and museums, and whether collecting is possible. The final section goes into more detail about fossil collecting, bound up in the history of the area for centuries. The book is rounded off with a glossary and list of museums, and a large fold-out ‘Jurassic Coast tree of life’ – a really nice touch.
Overall, this is a very accessible, well designed book. Concepts are explained clearly and concisely, and arranged systematically, to both lead the reader through and allow for finding information easily as a reference. It is very comprehensive, clearly the result of a huge amount of work, and the support of a network of people and organisations that reflects the nature of continuing efforts to preserve and understand this World Heritage Site. Regular quotations also lend an almost philosophical air. While the format doesn’t allow for a huge amount of depth, an impressive amount of detail is crammed in, including current scientific research.
This book would therefore also be suitable for those with some prior knowledge who may want an update on this precious geological site, 15 years after it was first inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This is a fantastic introduction and overview of the coast, but precisely because of the up-to-date information on visitor centres and research, it may date fairly quickly. However, at only £14.95,  with proceeds going to the Jurassic Coast Trust, it is certainly a worthy investment – especially with Christmas fast approaching. A great opportunity to introduce someone to this very special place.
Sarah King. York Museums Trust

YGS Membership Secretary

In September 2015 Dr John Varker, a long-standing member and supporter of the Society and a current Council Member, took over as Membership Secretary.  Council is most grateful to John for this. Subscriptions for 2016 were due on 1st January, and most of these were collected by direct debit from the majority of members around that date.  If you still pay by cheque or standing order please consider changing to a direct debit. This saves a great deal of work for the Society, is simpler for the member, and is fully guaranteed by the banking system.  Please contact the Membership Secretary if you feel able to change to a direct debit, and/or can add a Gift Aid declaration to your membership – for which we can claim 25% extra from the government at no cost to the member.
Contact details:
Dr. W.J. VARKER, Membership Secretary, Yorkshire Geological Society, 15, Otley Old Road, Lawnswood, Leeds. LS16 6HB.  Telephone: (0113) 2673554, Email: membership@yorksgeolsoc.org.uk

YGS-Members Forum email "Listserv"

Courtesy of the national Joint Academic Computer Network the Society has a "Listserv" type email system "YGS-Members Forum" for rapid communication (e.g. about updates and changes in programmes and events) between the YGS officers and event organisers and the members registered with the system. It also allows individual registered members to communicate with other members. This is a secure system controlled online by each registered member once they have been registered by the YGS, and anyone can remove themselves from the system at any time.
If you are not yet registered with the YGS-Members Forum and wish to do so, or at least try it out, please send your email address and name to the Circular and Website Editor, Patrick Boylan at web@yorksgeolsoc.org.uk

The latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (Vol. 61 Pt. 2) was mailed out in mid-November 2016. Eligible YGS members and subscribers also have online access to this (and to all volumes from1839 to the present) through the Lyell Collection at: http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/

Contents of Vol. 61 Pt.2:

[Stewart Molyneux.] Editorial: Introduction to papers in this part
K. S. Davies-Vollum, P. D. Guion, J. A. Knight, and A. Smith: Geology of Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK
John H. Powell and James B. Riding: Stratigraphy, sedimentology and structure of the Jurassic (Callovian to Lower Oxfordian) succession at Castle Hill, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK
Marie-Pierre Aubry, Christian Dupuis, William A. Berggren, Holeil Ghaly, David Ward, Chris King, obert W. O'B. Knox, Khaled Ouda, and Moustafa Youssef: The role of geoarchaeology in the preservation and management of the Theban Necropolis, West Bank, Egypt.
Roger C. Searle, Brian Young, and Elijah Mwandoe: The Palaeogene Armathwaite–Cleveland Dyke in upper Teesdale, northern England: magnetic characteristics and relationship to mineralization
Mike Romano and Robert Taylor: Notes on new xiphosurid (horseshoe crab) trackways from the Middle Jurassic of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, UK
[Rory Mortimore] Obituary: Christopher John Wood (1939–2016)

Also already available in Online First at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org prior to publication in Vol. 61 Pt. 3 (due out in May 2017):

Stephen. K. Donovan and David N. Lewis: Echinoids (Mississippian, Visean) of the Peak District, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, UK
S. K. Donovan and F. E. Fearnhead: An enigmatic echinoid spine from south Devon, UK: Devonian or Cretaceous?


Proceedings now fully digitised from vol. 1 (1839) to vol. 61 Part 2 (2016) with free online access to individual YGS members:Instructions for YGS member access to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 1839 to 2015 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/
(Please note that if you have access rights to other parts of the Lyell Collection, e.g. as a Fellow of the Geological Society, you need to connect via the YGS option, not as part of your Geological Society (or other) options.
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
Principal Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

Corresponding Societies

 (Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information, and if you would like to attend a particular meeting as a guest)
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)
Friday 9th December: Nigel Mountney Ph.D., University of Leeds: The Preserved Sedimentary Record of Giant Rivers: Examples from Yorkshire, Around the World and Beyond
CUMBERLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: Rosemary Vidler, 11 Blencathra View, Threlkeld, Cumbria; http://www.cumberland-geol.soc.org.uk phone no 017687 79326, e-mail: rosevidler@freeuk.com;
Wednesday 14th December, 19.30:  Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick, CA12 5NZ: Members’ Evening
EAST MIDLANDS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Janet Slater, tel. 01509-843.297; e-mail: secretary@emgs.org.uk or http://www.emgs.org.uk (Venue - Please note the change from previous years! Meetings are now in the Geography Department of Nottingham University, which is in the Sir Clive Granger Building. Enter the university by the North Entrance, off the A52, and follow signs to the Main Visitor Car Park. As you turn right into the car park, the Sir Clive Granger Building is on your left.)
Saturday 10th December: Dr Tom Dijkstra, Loughborough University and BGS: Geohazards in Central China: landslides in loess and the 2010 Zhouqu debris flow disaster
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary:  Jessica De Freitas email: jessica.defreitas@aecom.com
Thursday 10 December: Dr Tom Dijkstra, Loughborough University and BGS: Geohazards in Central China: landslides in loess and the 2010 Zhouwqu debris flow disaster
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Graham Leslie, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0266, e-mail: agle@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.)
Wed. 7th December: Fellows' Night
THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/ (For further details please check with the website or e-mail 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.
Mon. 12 December: Christmas Do, Meal at the Croppers Arms in Marsh.
HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Mike Horne. Tel: 01482 346 784 or e-mail: secretary@Hullgeolsoc.org.uk web: http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk/hgmeet.htm/ (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.
Thursday 15th December: Dr Anna Bird of Hull University on “Metamorphism of the Caledonides of Scotland, deformation of a mountain belt”.
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION – PLEASE NOTE SEVERAL CHANGES:  General Secretary: William Fraser Tel: 0113 2608764 e-mail: lga.sec@btinternet.com; Field Meetings Secretary: David Holmes. Tel: 01423 888997 E.mail: holmsey@taltalk.net; new Association website address: http://www.leedsga.org.uk/  (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre (Michael Sadler Building) Leeds University at 7-15pm)
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)
Saturday 10 December at 13:30: Recent Discoveries in British Palaeontology: Cindy Howells, National Museum Wales, Dean Lomax ,University of Manchester, Russell Garwood , University of Manchester and Dr Jenny Clack, TW:eed project
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. There is now a website specifically for N.E.G.S.: For access, click on the following address: http://www.negs.org.uk
18th November: Gillian R. Foulger, Durham University: Human-induced earthquakes
16th December: Members' evening: Paul Newton & Gordon Liddle - The Tertiary volcanics of southern France
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: Director: Mike Windle, 01947 881000, email:  contact@neyorksgeologytrust.com/. The Trust has recently moved from its old base in Robin Hood’s Bay to the Northallerton area. Please use the email address above ro contact the Trust for the moment.
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: Barbara Kleiser, email: Barbara.kleiser:gmail.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: suerawson@yahoo.co.uk http://www.rotundageologygroup/ (usual meeting place Room Quad 4, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough at 7.30pm).
Thursday 8th December: Members’ Evening
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: mail@westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk http://westmorlandgeolsoc.co.uk/ Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 8 pm (unless otherwise stated) and are held in the Abbot Hall Social Centre, Dowker's Lane, Kendal.Visitors are welcome on payment of a £2 fee.
14th December at 7.30pm: members’ Evening and Jacob’s Join.
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 new website: http://mwggyorkshire.org.uk/. Contact: mwggyorkshire@virginmedia.com
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Mark Lee: Yorkshireregionalgroup@gmail.com
Wednesday 7th December, Leeds (details to follow): Prof. David Norbury: An Update on Eurocode 7.


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Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape – the 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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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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Important notice to Members and others: Short Communications: Proceedings and Circular/Website

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).

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Please send all copy (including Corresponding Society Winter/Spring meeting programmes) to the Circular and Website Editor, Patrick Boylan - email: web@yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/ post: 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF.

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