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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.

Benefits include:

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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. 


The Society:

YGS Publications:

YGS Geological Information Service:

Membership details and link to application form Proceedings from 1837 Geological and Local Web Links
Officers & Council for 2015
  Other Publications and Field Guides Circulars: Index and full texts in PDF from 2003  
Presidents and other Officers from 1837 Book and Map Reviews from YGS Circulars Geological Survey Memoirs for Yorks. (full texts)
The Society's Medals, Awards and Honorary Members   The Society's Rules (updated 2014)

The Chalk of the Northern Province: its regional context:

Joint Symposium, University of Hull. 10th - 13th September 2015

Second Circular and Registration details now available: download them from here


Remaining Programme of other Events for the General Public of the Yorkshire Geological Society and our associated organisations for Yorkshire Geology Month 2015, Sunday 10th May to Thursday 30th May 2015

(Please check for further details with the organisers shown)
Sunday 10th May at 11.00. Auk and Chalk Walk at the Bempton Cliffs Reserve on Flamborough Head organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and accompanied by Paul Hildreth (Yorkshire Geological Society).  Guided walks for bird watchers with an added geological input.  (Note: the RSPB may make a small charge.)
Monday 11th May at 19.00 at Greenhead College, Huddersfield HD1 4ES.  The Dent Marble by Bill Fraser .  Details: www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/
Thursday 14th May at 19.15. “Tracking Jurassic Dinosaurs” a talk by Dr Mike Romano organised by Leeds Geological Association.  Leeds University Conference Centre, Auditorium 2.
Saturday 16th May at 11.00 – 15.00.  Rock and Fossil Road Show at the Treasure House, Beverley organised by Hull Geological Society.  Bring along your rock, fossil and mineral finds to be identified by members of the Hull Geological Society.  Learn more about what can be found locally; look at displays and talk to experts.  Please note that no valuations can be given.  There will be a hands-on craft activity for children of all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission free.
Saturday 16th May at 11.00 - “Where Elephants once Roamed” at Welton-le-Wold Quarry (Grid ref: TF 279 882 O.S. map 282 Postcode: LN11 0QT).  Join the Lincolnshire Geodiversity Group and the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service to explore the geological history of this nationally important geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. We will be looking at and interpreting the impressive quarry face, explaining the process which brought the sands and gravels and why the site is important for the Ice Age story.  There will be two walks at 11am and 1.30pm focused on geology which form a part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival.  There will be ample on-site parking and toilet facilities.  Contact: www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk
Sunday 17th May at 14:15 for 14:30 startA geological walk around Hetchell Wood, Scarcroft and Thorner organised by Leeds Geological Association and led by Bill Fraser.  Meet at roadside parking area, Milner Lane (SE 380424) which is approx 2km north of Thorner village church.  No WC facilities.  The walk takes in four separate outcrops which show that between 320 - 280m.yrs ago conditions in this part of West Yorkshire changed from a tropical river delta to a hot dry desert which then became inundated by shallow seas which were constantly evaporating.  Handout will be provided.   Approx 3.5 km walk on largely unmade woodland paths and disused railway line and will take approx..2.5 hrs.  Paths can be muddy and slippery in wet weather; one steep descent can be bypassed. Participants must keep clear of vertical cliff face at Hetchell Crag. Walking boots/strong shoes recommended.
Sunday 24th May at 11.00. Auk and Chalk Walk at the Bempton Cliffs Reserve on Flamborough Head organised by the RSPB and accompanied by Paul Hildreth (YGS) (see details above..  Guided walks for bird watchers with an added geological input.  RSPB may make a small charge.
Saturday 30th May at 10.30.  Todmorden Moor Geology and Heritage Trail organised by the Yorkshire Geological Society in association with the Manchester Geological Association and GeoLancashire, and led by John Knight.  Meet at Tower Causeway, at junction of Flower Scar Road (SD 91202502). The excursion is in two parts.  The morning excursion will follow the Todmorden Moor Geology and Heritage Trail (see www.watershedlandscape.co.uk/resources/downloadable-resources/paper-trails) and will look at the geology and mining remains of the lowermost part of the Coal Measures (Langsettian).  The afternoon excursion will depart at 14.00 from the large lay-by on Todmorden-Burnley road, A646 (SD 89082696) to look at outcrops of a lower sequence, part of the Millstone Grit Group, in Ratten Clough and Green’s Clough, close to the village of Portsmouth in the Cliviger Valley.  We will see coal sequences, seat-earths and marine bands and major fluvial sandstones; abundant fossils, bring a hand-lens.  Stout footwear and weatherproof clothing essential.
Saturday 30th May at 09.45.  What can we learn from the Chalk of the Wolds? organised by the Scarborough Rotunda Geology Group and led by Derek Gobbett.  Meet at Staxton Hill car park (TA 009 779).  Lunch in Weaverthorpe.
Sunday 31st May at 10.15.  Hull City Centre Walk focusing on the variety of interesting building stones that can be seen.  Organised by Hull Geological Society and led by Mike Horne.  Meet at the Tourist Information Centre, City Hall.  Duration 2 hours.  Bring a magnifying glass.



Important Notice re YGS Programme Secretary

Please note that the previously announced change of Programme Secretary from 1 April did not go ahead.  We are most grateful to Christine Jennings-Poole for agreeing to continue in that office for the time being.

Contact details: Christine Jennings-Poole, 6 Wolsey Drive, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1SY. Phone: 01642-365.316, Email: chrisjpoole@hotmail.co.uk

A Word from the President

For many of us the field programme of the Society is one of the most valuable aspects of membership, offering not only the opportunity for informed visits to outcrops in our footprint area of exceptional natural beauty, but also to do so in the company of like-minded and enthusiastic fellow-members.  However, the number of members who take advantage of the field meetings is relatively small.  Later this session Council proposes to issue a questionnaire to all members, within which one of the questions will ask how we can improve the field meetings programme, to make it more attractive to a wider range of the membership.  Please contribute your views and suggestions to ensure that field meetings remain at the core of Society activities.
This year the field programme has a somewhat different balance from previous years, reflecting a number of wider meetings and activities which also include fieldwork.  We have a number of traditional field excursions, to the ever popular Malham area and to the Scarborough coast, the latter linked to the event to celebrate the life and work of Martin Whyte, our past-President.  Also through the summer, there is the opportunity to join working groups to clean and mark up those stratotype sections of the Upper Visean and Namurian in Northern England, in preparation for a visit in October by members of the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy; members are also invited to participate in this visit programme.  The major event of the year for the Society will be the joint hosting of the Symposium on the Chalk of the Northern Province in early September.  This includes two days of field excursions- but please note the need for registration as detailed in this Circular.
I take the opportunity to thank the numerous members of the Society who helped make the Yorkshire Geology Day at the National Coal Mining Museum another successful event.  As in the previous year, we were fortunate to count on the participation of Dr Paul Guion (University of Derby) and Dr Sian Davies-Vollum (Sheffield Hallam University) as the geological leaders with local expertise for the underground visits walking down the ventilation incline.
As this Circular was in preparation the news broke of the devastating earthquake which has affected Nepal.   This is a salutary reminder of the power of earth processes and the still limited level of our knowledge for prediction and mitigation.  Of particular concern must be the extent of such events to impact on the population and daily life in affected areas and I am sure many members will share concern for the people of Nepal and support for reconstruction.
John Knight

Latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 60 Pt. 2 December 2014) 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:

Obituary [Murray Mitchell, John Phillips Medalist]
Stephen K. Donovan, David N. Lewis and Roderick W. Bouman: Echinoid remains preserved in a Derbyshire screwstone (Mississippian, Visean, Brigantian)
John K. Wright and Peter F. Rawson: The development of the Betton Farm Coral Bed within the Malton Oolite Member (Upper Jurassic, Middle Oxfordian) of the Scarborough District, North Yorkshire, UK
R.G. West, P.L. Gibbard and C. Rolfe: Geology and geomorphology of the Palaeolithic site at High Lodge, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England.
C. Burgess, R. B. Haslam, D. W. Holliday, T. Kearsey, D. Millward, B. Owens, J. Pattison, N. J. Soper, B. Turner, D. Turner and C. N. Waters: Discussion on ‘A Lower Palaeozoic inlier in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, UK’. Proceedings, Vol. 59, 2013, pp. 173–176
Dean R. Lomax: Henry Culpin (1861–1912): a Yorkshire geologist and palaeontologist, and his collection in the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, South Yorkshire
Stephen K. Donovan and Fiona E. Fearnhead: A dearth of diplobathrids (Crinoidea) from the type Devonian System, SW England
C.M. Jones: Controls on deltaic sedimentation in glacio-eustatic cycles of late Marsdenian (Namurian R2b4 to R2c1, Pennsylvanian) age in the UK Central Pennine Basin

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
Principal Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

 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.
Go to Geological Survey Memoirs index page

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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.

Click here for more details, including the full Contents List

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).

Stewart Molyneux, Principal Editor PYGS
Patrick Boylan, YGS Circular & 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

(Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information)

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: 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)
21st March: Annual General Meeting followed by Ekbal Hussian: Istanbul: on the brink of a mega-disaster
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.
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.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

2015: Yorkshire Geological Society c/o Patrick Boylan, 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF, UK.  E-mail: P.Boylan @ city.ac.uk Last updated: 11th May 2015

Circular and Web Editor: Patrick Boylan, 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF, e-mail: P.Boylan @ city.ac.uk

(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).