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

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

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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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Urgent Message From the President to members of Yorkshire Geological Society

John Knight, President

Joint Meeting with the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy 10 – 13 October 2015
Field Excursions to Carboniferous Stratotypes  (Asbian – Yeadonian ) in Northern England

Members of the Society are invited to participate on the various days and site visits scheduled for the visit of members of the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy.  The following summary provides logistical details to join the excursion.  
If any member wishes to join the excursion and stay overnight for some of the nights at the hotels used by the visitors, these are indicated below.  Please note that there is a limited number of seats available in the 16-seater minibus/coach on Saturday and Sunday, when the group leaves and returns to the hotel base in Clayton-le-Woods near Preston.  Because the cost of the coach is being borne by the international visitors, it is necessary to charge for this and for anyone wishing to take this option a charge of £25 per head per day will apply.  Please let the President, as visit Organizer, know if you are interested (John Knight: jaknightuk@btinternet.com or tels: 01773 836253 or 07825 428750).  There is ample secure parking at the Brook House Hotel for those who wish to share cars or join the group coach.

It is planned that two stratotypes per day will be visited between Saturday 10th October and Tuesday 13th October.  For those who wish to refer to the document edited by Bill Ramsbottom and prepared in 1981 for the visit of the Subcommission, when all the referenced sites were proposed as stratotypes, this is available for download:http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/Stratotypes/Ramsbottom1981.pdf

Excursion Summary:
FRIDAY 9 October
International participants make their own way to Preston station or coach station and from there by taxi to the hotel accommodation:  Brook House Hotel, 662 Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, Preston PR6 7EH (participants will remain accommodated here for three nights).

SATURDAY 10 October
Minibus pick-up at hotel at 09.00 am; travel to the northerly sites (Asbian and Brigantian) near Kirkby Stephen (outward distance approximately 63 miles/100 km, travel time approx 1 hr 15 minutes).  Lunch in the Kirkby Stephen area; return to Brook House Hotel for 19.00 hrs.
(Road directions- first stop near Little Asby, north of Newbiggin-on-Lune, off A685; second stop in Mallerstang/Eden Valley south of Kirkby Stephen, access to and from via Tommy Road off A683 Kirkby Stephen-Sedbergh road, but no descent to river).

Meeting points: 
10.30 am: roadside parking on minor road north from Newbiggin-on-Lune to Great Asby; turn off from A685.  Meet at GR NY 6865.0850, 300 m NNE of Mazon Wath Farm.  Access to the stratotype requires a walk of 1.3 km over rough grassland and then a short descent on a very steep, slippery grass-covered slope to the outcrop.  On no account must vehicles be driven off the tarmac road on to the rough farm access tracks.

Lunch will be taken in Kirkby Stephen (approximately 13.00 – 14.00)

14.30 pm:  Roadside parking area (GR NY 7796.0298) at junction of Tommy Road (from junction on A683 near Ashfell Edge/Tarn House, traversing SW towards Outhgill in Mallerstang) with green road traversing N-S across Birkett Common.  Please restrict any driving on the green road across Birkett Common.

SUNDAY 11 October
Minibus pick-up at hotel at 09.00 am; travel to the Pendleian and Chokierian stratotypes.  First stop-  Wiswell near Whalley (Pendleian in Light Clough); lunch at service area (McDonalds) at Ribble Valley Business Park,  Barrow/Whalley.    Second stop near Cowling (on A6068 Colne-Keighley road) to visit Chokierian in Stone Head Beck.  Maximum outward distance from Preston is 36 miles/58 km, travel time some 50 minutes).  Return to Brook House Hotel for 19.00 hrs.

Meeting points:
10.00 am:  Service area (McDonalds) at Ribble Valley Business Park,  Barrow/Whalley (BB7 9WF; GR SD7417.3824).  There will need to be some sharing of cars as there is limited parking at the access to Wiswell Eaves Farm (SD 7506.3795) where cars will have to be left on a narrow roadside.  We depart on foot from the access to Wiswell Eaves Farm at 10.30 am.

Lunch will be taken at the Service Area (McDonalds), Ribble Valley Business Park (see above)- packed lunch advisable (approximately 13.00 – 14.00)

14.30 pm:  Turn off A6068 (Keighley Road, W of Cowling) at small junction at Ickornshaw Green Syke (GR SD 9534.4240) and follow narrow winding lanes northwards to Stone Head Farm (GR SD 9484.4326).  Subject to agreement of the two occupiers at the Stone Head Farm settlement, it may be possible to arrange adequate parking at this point- to be advised.  Otherwise there must be judicious parking along the lanes in the nearby area- please exercise care and consideration.

MONDAY 12 October
Minibus pick-up at hotel at 09.00 am; check-out of hotel.  Travel to Samlesbury Bottoms (Kinderscoutian stratotype) near Preston (09.30 – 12.00 hrs).  Travel to Marsden, W. Yorks, to visit Marsdenian stratotype in Park Clough and possibly outcrops at Pule Hill; distance 49 miles/79 km, travel time some 1 hr 15 minutes; lunch in Marsden.   Visit geological sites 14.00-16.00 hrs; this may include visit to outcrops on Pule Hill.  Late afternoon travel from Marsden to Buxton area of Derbyshire (some 32 miles/51 km, travel time approx. 1 hr 15 minutes); check in to the Alison Park Hotel, Temple Road, Buxton SK17 9BA.  End of minibus hire.

Meeting points:
09.30 am:  Samlesbury Bottoms.  Meet at junction of Goose Foot Close and Goose Foot Lane (GR SD 6187.2901); there is very limited parking at this point and convenient space may be found further south along Goose Foot Lane south of the river bridge and at the top of the escarpment (GR SD 6188.2880).

Lunch will be taken after travel from Samlesbury Bottoms to Marsden, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  Lunch in Marsden village (approximately 13.00 – 14.00)

14.30 pm:  Meet at end of Waters Lane, which leads westwards from Marsden station on the north side of the canal and railway.  Meeting point is at the junction of Waters Lane and Blake Lee Lane adjacent to the gated entrance to Hey Green House (GR SE 0310.1222), but note there is very limited parking space.

TUESDAY 13 October
It is planned to use private cars for this day- volunteers with passenger space will be appreciated.  Travel to Alportian (Blake Brook) and Yeadonian (Orchard Common) stratotypes- maximum outward distance from Buxton some 10 miles (17 km).  Midday stop at small café but packed lunch recommended;  afternoon return to Buxton Station (regular rail link to Manchester).   We aim to return to Buxton station by 16.00 hrs.   Excursion finishes on the evening of Tuesday 13 October.

Meeting points:
10.00 am:  Special arrangements have been made and permission granted by the Ministry of Defence to park on an area of ground  (GR SK 0627.6090) 300 m south of the bridge crossing Blake Brook (GR SK 0611.6116), where the visit will commence in Lumpool Plantation.

Lunch will be taken at Flash Bar Café and Stores (GR SK 0321.6786) on the A53 Buxton – Leek road (approximately 12.30 – 13.30)

13.30 pm:  Turn off A53 westwards towards Knotbury close to and north of Flash Bar Café.  Follow narrow lanes towards Orchard Common.  Vehicles may be parked on the verge inside the gate across the road at GR SK 0217.6857.  From this point there will be a walk of approximately 1 km to access the outcrops in the stream running through Orchard Common.  Please do not attempt to park beyond this point on the access to Orchard Farm, which is a residential care home for young people, for which unobstructed access must be maintained. 

Hotel Accommodation
Friday 09 October – Monday 12 October (departure)
The international visit group will be accommodated in the Brook House Hotel, Clayton-le-Woods, Preston.
Brook House Hotel
662 Preston Road
PR6 7EH  Tel: 01772 336403
e-mail:  brookhouse@hotmail.com

Monday 12 October – Tuesday 13 October (departure)
The international visit group will be accommodated in the Alison Park Hotel, Buxton.
Alison Park Hotel
3 Temple Road
SK17 9BA        Tel: 01298 22473
e-mail: reservations@alison-park-hotel.co.uk

With kind regards

John Knight

RAMSBOTTOM, W.H.C.   1981. Fieldguide to the boundary stratotypes of the Carboniferous stages in Britain.  Biennial Meeting of the Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, Leeds.
WATERS, C.N., SOMERVILLE, I.D., JONES, N.S.,CLEAL, C.J., COLLINSON, J.D., WATERS, R.A., BESLY, B.M., DEAN, M.T., STEPHENSON, M.H., DAVIES, J.R., FRESHNEY, E.C., JACKSON, D.I., MITCHELL, W.I., POWELL, J.H., BARCLAY, W.J., BROWNE, M.A.E., LEVERIDGE, B.E., LONG, S.L. &McLEAN, D. 2011.  A Revised Correlation of Carboniferous Rocks in the British Isles.Geological Society Special Report No. 26, 1-186
John Knight

Saturday 31st October – Sunday 1st November 2015, Scarborough. The William Smith Map Bicentenary Meeting: “Superposition and correlation: William Smith’s principles applied to 21st century Yorkshire”.
Joint Meeting with the Scarborough Museums Trust and the Rotunda Geology Group. Organiser: Pete Rawson, University College London.

Morning visit:
11.00   Tour of “Rotunda: the William Smith Museum of Geology” (Vernon Road, Scarborough).
Meet outside the main entrance of the museum.
Afternoon sessions: University of Hull Scarborough Campus, (Filey Road, Scarborough, YO11 3AZ)
14.00   Society Business and Announcements: President of the Society, Dr John Knight
14.05   Introduction: Pete Rawson
14.10   Back to the future of William Smith’s map – meeting modern needs for geological knowledge: Andrew Howard (British Geological Survey)
14.45   William “Seismic” Smith. The seismologist that might have been ………. Paul Wood (formerly Shell International)
15.20   Coffee-Tea Break
16.00   Buried valleys, Pleistocene sediments and dating the last ice sheet advance in Eastern Britain: new evidence from Flamborough Head. : Rodger Connell (Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, University of Hull) and Members of the Flamborough Quaternary Research Group, Hull Geological Society.
1635    The Osgodby Formation (Callovian, Middle Jurassic) at Burythorpe Quarry, Malton, North Yorkshire; tidally influenced sedimentation on the northern margin of the Market Weighton High. ohn Powell (British Geological Survey) John Powell (British Geological Survey, Keyworth), Peter Rawson (University of Hull and University College London),  Jon Ford (BGS Keyworth), James Riding (BGS Keyworth)  and Simon Broad (Yorkshire Mineral Company, Burythorpe, Malton).
1710    End of Saturday session
 (CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This meeting counts as 3 hours of Continuous Professional development under the Geological Society of London CPD Scheme)

10.15am.  A walk along the William Smith Trail: Meet outside the Rotunda Museum for a walk around Scarborough visiting sites associated with William Smith’s activities. The walk will last for about 2 hours.


This year, 2015, marks the 200th anniversary of William Smith’s famous geological map of England, Wales and part of Scotland. The first national map of its kind ever to be published, it set a template for geological maps that remained largely unchanged until the start of the 21st century.
William Smith used observations from mines, rock outcrops and the general shape of the landscape to assemble, in his mind, a fully 3 dimensional understanding of the geology and stratigraphy of the rocks beneath our feet. The paper map was the best available technology at the time to communicate this understanding to his fellow scientists, and to the engineers and miners who needed this knowledge to build and fuel the industrial revolution. His other outputs, notably his cross-sections, strati graphical tables, memoirs and texts, demonstrated an extraordinary vision of how to organise and communicate geological knowledge and are the direct precursors of the geological information systems of today.
Modern geologists are similarly challenged to provide the essential knowledge needed for secure energy and water supplies, critical mineral resources, and a safe and sustainable environment. This talk will highlight the challenges that will motivate the William Smiths of tomorrow, and the tools and technologies they will use to map and model our subsurface environment in a rapidly changing world.
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I postulate that William Smith would have been delighted at the ability of the reflection seismic method to provide images of the Earth’s crust and extend the geological model constructed from near-surface information to depths of several kilometres. Examples from NE Yorkshire show how the principles of superposition and correlation are applied to seismic interpretation, the process of making geological models from seismic data.
The seismic method is reviewed briefly, drawing an analogy with foetal ultrasound scanning, a similar technology, though on a much different scale. The UK Onshore Geophysical Library (UKOGL) is introduced. This is a public domain resource where onshore seismic lines acquired in the UK, mainly for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration, can be displayed.
Milsom and Rawson (1989) used offshore seismic data to identify a graben-like feature, the Peak Trough, as a northerly extension of a fault system mapped at Ravenscar and Red Cliff, Cayton Bay. Reprocessed cross-sections from the offshore data have been combined with their onshore equivalents to show how correlation of seismic character on a macro scale  can extend the model of the Peak Trough onshore.
Seismic lines from UKOGL show how we can follow the Peak Fault (the western edge of the system) to just north of Scarborough, the near surface seismic expression of the fault matching the fault as mapped by BGS. Although data quality is impaired by logistical difficulties in Scarborough, a coastal line shows how we can continue the mapping to the south. Further seismic lines confirm the eastern fault of the Peak Trough as the Red Cliff fault at Cayton Bay and suggest that there is an offset of the western Peak Fault system near Scalby, with possible complex compensating faults in the central trough area and seen in outcrop at the Castle Headland and White Nab.
The role of seismic in superposition is illustrated with seismic data near Flamborough Head, in an area of complex structural history described by Kirby and Swallow (1987). A composite section shows how seismic at the location of a hypothetical borehole could identify a gap in superposition caused by a fault and differentiate between a fault plane and strata. The structural complexity continues to the NE between Bempton and Hunmanby. Here, 3D seismic would be required to make a stratigraphic model successfully. A 3D survey has in fact been acquired and a ‘chair’ display from UKOGL is shown.
The examples shown are not a rigorous interpretation, which would require data reprocessing and mapping using a computer workstation. However, they demonstrate, as shown by geological and seismic sections near Robin Hood’s Bay, how seismic can use correlation to extend our knowledge of surface geology into the subsurface and explain anomalies of superposition. We observe that advances in seismic technology, as with geological knowledge in Smiths’ day, have been driven by commercial needs that are still important today.
Even without full rigour, the data available to us by the power of the Internet can expand our knowledge enormously as also shown by the UKOGL hosted William Smith’s Map’s interactive website. Smith would no doubt have been both amazed and enthusiastic about the use of all these technologies.
Kirby, G.A. and Swallow, P.W. 1987. Tectonism and sedimentation in the Flamborough Head region of north-east England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 46, 301-309.
Milsom, J. and Rawson, P.F. 1989. The Peak Trough – a major control on the geology of the North Yorkshire coast. Geological Magazine 126, 699-705.
BURIED VALLEYS, PLEISTOCENE SEDIMENTS AND DATING THE LAST ICE SHEET ADVANCE IN EASTERN BRITAIN: NEW EVIDENCE FROM FLAMBOROUGH HEAD: Rodger Connell (Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, University of Hull) and Members of the Flamborough Quaternary Research Group, Hull Geological Society).
The palaeo-valleys of Flamborough head and their infill, particularly those at Danes’ Dyke and South Landing, were first recognised by Daykns during the geological survey of the district in the 1880s. However, George Lamplugh (then a local amateur geologist), was the first to provide detailed descriptions and illustrations of the sediments in a series of papers in the early 1890s.  Since these pioneering studies little has been published on the sites and their significance for the chronology of the last glaciation of eastern Britian has been overlooked, with Holderness, to the south, providing the type-site for the period of the last ice sheet advance/s – the Dimlington Stadial (ca. 15,000 – 26,000 yrs).
Since 2002 members of Hull Geological Society’s Flamborough Quaternary Rsearch Group (FQRG) have been recording the periglacial and glacial deposits at the two sites and it has become clear that they possess contrasting and important sequences preserved within the palaeo-valleys. These chalk-cut palaeo-valleys are part of the family of chalk dry valleys seen to good advantage in the Yorkshire Wolds, though here buried by glacial sediments within the limits of the ice-sheet adavance. Clearly these palaeo-valley forms pre-date the last glaciation and possibly, as at South Landing, were in existance before the last interglacial (ca. 120,000 yrs).
At the base of the palaeo-valley fill at Danes’ Dyke (Fig. 1) is tectonically and periglacially defomed chalk bedrock. This is overlain by a periglaical slope deposit with a windblown (loessic) silt matrix. Above this unit are coarsening upward  glacilacustrine silts/sands which have provided material for optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating at Sheffield University. These early units are overlain by a number of glacial till and outwash beds of which the tills can be correlated with the Skipsea Till of Holderness.
The broader valley form at South Landing (Fig. 2) contains a more complex set of deposits. On the east side of the palaeo-valley are thick (~10m) coarse, erratic-poor, chalk gravels believed to have been deposited as a westerly prograding glacigenic fan. In the western exposures thinner (~3m), erratic-rich, gravels rest on a subhorizontal chalk platform, and are younger than those to the east. These are interpreted as glacifluvial outwash derived from an ice front to the north of the site. This western gravel has a periglacial land surface developed close to its upper surface indicating an hiatus in deposition of unknown duration. In the western outcrop the gravels are overlain by glacilacustrine silts/clays and outwash gravel and finally by a representative of the Skipsea Till. A number of samples from these deposits have been selected for OSL dating at Sheffield University.
The as yet unpublished OSL dating from both these sites has allowed the construction of a chronology for the sediments preserved within the palaeo-valleys, together with a clearer understanding of the time relationship between the Flamborough sites and the Dimlington type-site in Holderness. Whilst the ice-sheet had not advanced as far south as Dimlington at ~20,000 yrs it seems that the ice-sheet was present in what is now northern Bridlington Bay and was blocking the south draining valleys at Danes’ Dyke and South Landing and causing the ponding of glacial lakes. Of more significance perhaps is a date of ~35,000 yrs from the gravel unit on the west side of South Landing. If correct, this implies that the last ice-sheet was present to the north of the site at an early date, a possibility that some have suggested previously though with no chronometric control. Additional OSL dates are awaited to confirm this chronology but it appears that the Flamborough sites provide significant new evidence for the timing of glaciation in eastern Britain.
THE OSGODBY FORMATION (CALLOVIAN, MIDDLE JURASSIC) AT BURYTHORPE QUARRY, MALTON,  NORTH YORKSHIRE; TIDALLY INFLUENCED SEDIMENTATION ON THE NORTHERN MARGIN OF THE MARKET WEIGHTON HIGH: John Powell (British Geological Survey, Keyworth), Peter Rawson (University of Hull and University College London),  Jon Ford (BGS Keyworth), James Riding (BGS Keyworth)  and Simon Broad (Yorkshire Mineral Company, Burythorpe, Malton).
The lithostratigraphical unit ‘Kellaways Rock’ (also termed ‘Kelloway Rock’) was used by William Smith in 1829 to encompass the iron-rich sandstones of Callovian age between the ‘Cornbrash’ and the ‘Oxford Clay’.  In the Cleveland Basin, Smith also defined the overlying, harder Hackness Rock, at the type section near Hackness Grange where Smith worked and was resident (1828-34). Following subsequent revisions these Callovian sandstones in North Yorkshire are now termed the Osgodby Formation (subdivided into three members in upward sequence: Red Cliff Rock, Langdale and Hackness Rock).  The Osgodby Formation is generally characterised by yellow-weathering, highly bioturbated, generally cross-bedded, fine- to medium-grained, sandstone commonly with framboidal pyrite or berthierene ooids and a ferruginous cement; ammonites, belemnites and bivalves are common at many levels, especially in the Hackness Rock Member. This ‘typical’ succession can be traced throughout much of the Cleveland Basin, but at the southern margin of the basin, an unusual lithofacies is exposed in a faulted block at Burythorpe Quarry [SE 785 658] south of Malton.
Burythorpe Quarry exposes a white, high purity, poorly cemented, uniformly fine-grained, orthoquarzite that is currently worked for resin-coated moulding sand. Because it occurs in a faulted block its position in the local Jurassic/Cretaceous sequence remained uncertain until paynomorphs and ammonites of Callovian age were found recently. Thus, in this area the Callovian succession more closely resembles the Kellaways Formation (generally a poorly consolidated sandstone) proved nearby in the BGS Brown Moor Borehole [SE 8126 6203] and also in the Humber boreholes located to the south of the Market Weighton High.
In this talk we describe this unusual lithofacies and its palaeogeographical setting. The white sand appears generally structureless due to its uniform grain size, the general absence of interstitial cement, ferruginous or clay intraclasts, shelly bioclasts and bioturbation. However, recent fieldwork at Burythorpe Quarry has revealed low-angle, laterally accreted channels (Fig. 1) occasionally lined with thin clay lamina; the latter have yielded palynomorphs (dinoflagellates) typical of a marine to low-salinity environment. Large calcareous concretions (up to 4 m diameter) are present and, although these are generally unfossiliferous, rare ammonites (Proplanulites; Pseudocadoceras (Fig. 2) and Cadoceras?) have been identified. 
Bivalve and wood fragments occur at the base of locally scoured erosional channels, which are interpreted as storm-derived lag deposits. The ammonites indicate good correlation with the type Callovian Osgodby Formation section exposed at Red Cliff, Cayton Bay.  Incipient concretions (Fig.3) that preserve concentric concretionary fronts and primary sedimentary lamina indicate that they formed during late diagenesis whereby carbonate ions migrated to concretion centres; the concentration of carbonate ions may account for the general absence of cement in the surrounding sand (stone).
Another feature of the quarry is the presence of microfaults (Fig. 4) with downward intrusion of clay wedges derived from the original clay lamina; microfaulting indicating early compaction within the channels. Research is ongoing, but the current interpretation of this atypical lithofacies of the Osgodby Formation suggests that it was deposited in a tidally influenced, shallow estuarine to shallow marine embayment located on the southern margin of the Cleveland Basin, to the north of the Market Weighton High, an area that received little iron-rich terrigenous input from the hinterland, in contrast the Cleveland Basin. Reworking and winnowing of the quartz sand in an oscillating tidal current setting resulted in its high purity and uniform fine grain-size. Occasional storm event deposited wood fragments and shelly bioclasts, including sparse ammonites as lag deposits.      

Outline of Remaining Autumn 2015 Programme

Saturday 14th November 2015, 2pm – 5pm, University of Leeds. Joint meeting with the Leeds Geological Association: Geology in northern high latitudes.

Saturday 5th December 2015, 2.30pm – 7.30pm, Weetwood Hall, Leeds: President’s Day: Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address by Dr John Knight, Reception and Buffet.

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Latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 61 Pt. 1, to be published June 2015) on line on the Lyell Collection at: http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content/current

The following papers are now available online at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org and will very shortly be available in the published Part:

D.A. Spears: The geochemistry and mineralogy of high-S coals, with examples mainly from the East Pennines Coalfield in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, UK: an overview.
K.N. Page, J.K. Wright and S.R.A. Kelly: The oppeliid, perisphinctid and aspidoceratid ammonite faunas of the ‘Corallian’ Beds (Upper Jurassic) in Cambridgeshire, England.
M. Romano and M.A. Whyte: Could stegosaurs swim? Suggestive evidence from the Middle Jurassic tracksite of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire.
I. Forbes: Westgarth Forster’s Strata – a reappraisal of a geological pioneer.
Richard Maddra: Bitten ammonites from the upper Lias Group (Lower Jurassic) of Saltwick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire.
P.Stanway, J. Nudds and F. Broadhurst:The depositional environment of the Ashfell Sandstone Formation (Arundian, Mississippian), Ash Fell Edge, Cumbria.

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  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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SURPLUS COPIES OF "Carboniferous hydrocarbon geology- the Southern North Sea and surrounding onshore areas" Occasional Publication No 7 (2005).

By decision of Council, the remaining stock of this highly regarded volume will now be made available for disposal to members of the Society and attendees at Society meetings.  Copies can be obtained at forthcoming meetings; it is suggested that a donation to Society funds of £2.00 per copy will be appropriate.

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).

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Northumberland Rocks and Landscape Cover (193698 bytes)

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

(Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information, or 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: 11 October: Istanbul: On the Brink of a Mega-Disaster: Ekbal Hussain, University of Leeds 

Friday: 13 November: Slow faults and earthquake hazard: the past is the key to the present 
Laura Gregory Ph.D., University of Leeds 

Friday 11 December: Title to be advised: Mark Hounslow, University of Lancaster 

Friday 15 January: Biogeography of extinction events: Alex Dunhill, University of Leeds 
Friday 12 February: The Triassic at the top of the world: Prof. Paul Wignall, University of Leeds 

Friday 11 March: Title to be advised: Autumn Pugh, University of Leeds 

Friday 8 April: The timing of volcano-ice interactions and deglaciation in Iceland: Katie Street, University of Manchester
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: secretary@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/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.
Sunday 18th October - Rock and Fossil Roadshow at RSPB Bempton - open to the public from 11 am until 3pm. Admission free to the Roadshow; sorry no valuations.
Thursday 19th November - (evening lecture) - Ian Heppenstall on "Geology between Settle and Malham". Click here for the abstract
Thursday 10th December 2015 - (evening lecture) Dr Martyn Pedley on "The William Smith County Map Series: a testimony to the considerable abilities and collaborations of Smith and Phillips”.
Thursday 17th December - Quiz Night
Friday 1st January 2016 - New Year's Day geological picnic on the Holderness coast (weather permitting - cancelled if icy or snowing); please bring some festive food and drink to share.
Thursday 21st January 2016 - Members' Evening
Thursday 11th February - (evening lecture) - Terry Rockett on "Five active volcanoes in southern Italy"
Saturday 20th  February 2016 - (afternoon lecture starting at 2-15pm) - Dean Lomax of the University of Manchester on "British Dinosaurs: A Story Untold" (donations welcome)
Thursday 17th March - (evening lecture) - Prof. Mark Bateman of Sheffield University and the AGM
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)
Thursday 5th November: Bubble, Burp, Bang! Big Experiments in Volcano Physics: Dr Ed Llewellin, University of Durham
Saturday 1th November (2pm to 5pm): Joint meeting with the Yorkshire Geological Society: Geology in northern high latitudes.
Thursday 3rd December: AGM and Converzatione: 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.
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 http://www.rotundageologygroup/ (usual meeting place Room CG7, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough):
Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November: Superposition and correlation: William Smith’s principles applied to 21st century Yorkshire (Joint Meeting with the Yorkshire Geological Society)
Thursday 12th November: The early Toarcian (Jurassic) oceanic anoxic event: untangling global and regional signals: Dr Rob Newton, University of Leeds
Thursday 10th December: Members’ evening 
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.co.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: Margaret Cliff mic@rounday-ecl.com


University of York Centre for Lifelong Learning. two year Postgraduate Diploma in The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England: An online study programme (with a mandatory one week residential unit in York each year)

Please note that the Course Leader for this programme is now Dr Annette McGrath (annette.mcgrath@york.ac.uk).

16th October, at 6.30 pm in the Concert Room, Scarborough Library

The President of the Geological Society is a Patron of "Rotunda: the William Smith Museum of Geology" in Scarborough, and gives a lecture in Scarborough biennially. The lecture this year will be on: "Yorkshire Gold" - why potash is so important, by Professor David Manning, (Professor of Soil Science at Newcastle University)
ALL WELCOME: admission free


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(With thanks to Paul Kabrna, the YGS's first Web Editor, for photographs, and the present banner heading and other images, and to Clare Gordon, Librarian, Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, for assistance in maintaining the YGS archive site on the Leeds University server from 1999 to 2007).