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The Society's New President for 2014 - 2016:  Dr John Knight

John Knight - President Elect

John graduated from the University of Aston with a BSc in Geology and Botany, and continued with a PhD in Geology specialising in Coal Measures plant fossils at the University of Sheffield. He is a geologist with over 35 years experience and a distinguished reputation, particularly in relation to the coal sector, both in the UK and world-wide, now working primarily with his own Harworth Minerals Consultancy. Within the Yorkshire Geological Society he has most recently served as a very active Council Member, Programme Secretary and a Vice-President.  (More details will be in the January Circular and on the website in due course.)

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. 

INDEX TO OTHER WEB PAGES

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 2014
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  

 


Society Officers and Council for the 177th Session, 2015, elected at the 6th December 2014 Annual General Meeting

Officers of the Society
President                                                                  John Knight PhD
  Vice Presidents                                                        Professor Patrick Boylan
                                                                                     Noel Worley PhD
General Secretary                                                      Paul Hildreth BSc
Treasurer                                                                     John Holt MSc
Programme Secretary                                               Will Watts BSc
Proceedings Editor                                                    Stewart Molyneux PhD
Website and Circular Editor (merged office)        Professor Patrick Boylan
Officer appointed by Council
Membership Secretary                                             Christine Jennings-Poole
David Blythe BSc
Claire Dashwood PhD
Dr. Earl Haworth TD FRCP
David Hill BSc
Andrew Howard PhD
Trevor Morse PhD
William Paley MSc
Richard Saville BSc
Michael Squirrell BSc
John Varker PhD
Co-opted
Sarah King PhD
Other Council roles
Noel Worley: Chair, Governance Committee; lead on planning authority and geoconservation liaison
John Holt, Chair, Finance Committee
Will Watts, Chair, Programme Committee
Stewart Molyneux: Chair, Publications Committee and Editorial Board
Patrick Boylan, YGS Members and Council email lists
Andrew Howard: Social Media
Michael Squirrell: Membership Secretary (from 1st April 2015 retirement of Christine Jennings-Poole)

Next Society Meeting: “Mud, glorious mudstone”, Saturday 31st January 2015: 2pm to 5pm, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham. (Joint meeting with the North-Eastern Geological Society). Organisers: John Knight (YGS) and Howard Armstrong (Earth Sciences, University of Durham.

Speakers and other details will be in the January 2015 Circular and on the YGS website


Plans for 2015 also include a major four day Symposium on The Chalk of the Northern Province: its regional context, organised and supported by the Yorkshire Geological Society, Hull Geological Society, University of Hull and the Stratigraphic Commission of the Geological Society, to be based on the University of Hull, 10-13 September 2015

Access or Download the Symposium's First Circular from here: http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/chalk-symposium.htm


Revised and simplified Membership Rules and Procedures, approved 6th December 2014 AGM:

Rule 3: Persons wishing to support the Objects of the Society may apply for membership in writing or electronically.  Applications shall be considered and approved by the Council or under delegated arrangements determined by the Council from time to time.  The election shall be null and void if the first annual subscription id not received within one month of notification of election.  Members elected after 1st October in any year choose, either to receive the Proceedings for the year of election and to pay their second subscription on 1st January of the next year, or not to receive the Proceedings for the year of election in which case their second subscription will become due on the 1st January of the year but one after their election.
Ruke 4. (a) There shall be the following categories of membership:
(i)  Ordinary members who shall be entitled to take full part in the life of the Society and to receive the Circulars and Proceedings of the Society and to use the library referred to in Rule 2 under such conditions as may from time to time be determined by agreement between the Society and the University of Leeds.
(ii) Student Members who shall be in receipt of full time education at an Institution recognised by the Society.  They shall automatically transfer to Ordinary Membership without further election on 1st January following three years of student membership or on 1st January following any extension of studentship for which they will have provided a supervisor's statement of such extension.  They shall enjoy the same privileges as Ordinary Members except that they shall pay a reduced subscription.
(iii)  Associate Members who shall enjoy the same privileges as Ordinary Members except that they shall not receive the Proceedings.
(iv) Honorary Members: Any person who has rendered signal service to the Society, or who is distinguished for the pursuit of the objects of the Society, may be elected an Honorary Member by a General Meeting of the Society on the recommendation of the Council.  Honorary members shall enjoy the same rights as an Ordinary Member for life, without payment of an annual subscription.
Rule 4 (b)
(i) The annual subscription,  which shall be payable in advance on 1st January in each year,  shall be as decided by the Council from time to time and confirmed by a General Meeting of the Society.
(ii)  Ordinary Members shall pay a reduced subscription from 1st January following their 65th birthday.
(iii)  Schools and similar institutions, as determined by Council from time to time, shall be deemed to be Ordinary members.
(iv) Institutions and individuals who make substantial contributions to the funds of the Society shall be accorded the status of Patrons.

Award of the first Dr W S Bisat FRS Medal in recognition of distinguished contributions to applied geology to Dr Tony Waltham

During the 6th December AGM the President announced the award of the first Bisat Medal to Dr Tony Waltham, who was Lecturer in Mining Geology and then Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology at Nottingham Trent University for 39 years. He is also a leading international autrhority on cave and karst geology and hydrology. Due to a long-standing lecturing commitment in Asia Tony Waltham was unable to attend the AGM, so arrangements have been made to present the Medal to him duriing the Society's Keyworth meeting in March 2015.

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


A major Yorkshire Geological Society Publication!

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

edited by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for further details


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: sec@emgs.org.uk or http://www.emgs.org.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Lecture Theatre B3, Biological Sciences Building, University of Nottingham)
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: David Boon, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, daba@bgs.ac.uk
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0272, e-mail: kmgo@bgs.ac.uk. Lectures are held in the Grant Institute of the University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm, except where stated otherwise, These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are welcome. Tea and biscuits are served after the lectures, upstairs in the Cockburn Museum of the Grant Institute. (See http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps for location.)
THE GEOLOGISTS' ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/: The schedule of field meetings for 2012 includes the following in the wider YGS region: (For further details and to book places please e-mail or telephone Sarah Stafford at the GA Office: geol.assoc@btinternet.com, tel. 020 7434 9298)
HUDDERSFIELD GEOLOGY GROUP: Contact: Phil Robinson, 01484-715.298. http://www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/ Meetings at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, on Monday evenings at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Mike Horne. Tel: 01482 346 784 or e-mail: secretary@Hullgeolsoc.org.uk web: http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Department of Geography, University of Hull, at 7.30 pm. N.B. for security reasons the door is locked at 7.40pm). The Club Nights are open to members of the Society, University Students and interested members of the public. At the end of each of these meeting we will choose the topic or topics for the following meeting. Those attending are encouraged to bring some appropriate specimens, photographs, models or texts to contribute to the evening. The Club Night meetings start at 7-45pm. For further information 'phone 01482 346784. Hull Geological Society Website - http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Anthea Brigstocke (General Secretary). Tel: 01904 626 013: E-mail: lga@brigstocke.myzen.co.uk Field Meetings: Judith Dawson Tel. 0113 270 1069 e-mail: dawsonemail@tiscali.co.uk or http://www.leedsgeolassoc.freeserve.co.uk (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Conference Centre Auditorium 2, Leeds University at 7pm.
LEICESTER LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY - SECTION C GEOLOGY: Chairman and contact: Dr. Joanne E. Norris, 0116 283 3127, j.e.norris @ ntlworld.com; Website: http://www.charnia.org.uk/ Usual meeting place for indoor lectures (unless otherwise stated): Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester at 7.30pm, refreshments from 7.00pm.
MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: http://www.mangeolassoc.org.uk Sue Plumb, Hon. General Secretary: e-mail: secretary@mangrolassoc.org.uk; programme enquiries: lectures@mangeolassoc.org.uk. (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Williamson Building, Department of Geology, University of Manchester)
NORTH EASTERN GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Prof. Gillian FG Foulger, University of Durham, tel. 0191-334.2314, e-mail: g.r.foulger@durham.ac.uk. Lectures are at 7.30pm in the Arthur Holmes Lecture Room, Science Laboratories Site, University of Durham. See website for more details: http://www.northeast-geolsoc.50megs.com
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: contact@neyorksgeologytrust.com; website: http://www.neyorksgeologytrust.com/: Kathryn Brown,North East Yorkshire Geology Trust, 5 Station Workshops, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, N. Yorks. YO22 4TG Tel. 01947 881000
NORTHERN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON: Secretary: Dr Mark Allen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, e-mail: m.b.allen@durham.ac.uk
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCATION: Eileen Fraser Tel: 01260 271505 email: fraser@fraserco.co.uk http://www.esci.keele.ac.uk/nsgga/ (usual meeting place for indoor meetings: William Smith Building, University of Keele at 7.30pm
ROTUNDA GEOLOGY GROUP (SCARBOROUGH): contact Sue Rawson, tel. 01723-506.502, email: suerawson@yahoo.co.uk (usual meeting place Room CG7, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough):
SORBY NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Ken J Dorning, Geologists Group Secretary, e-mail: geology@sorby.org.uk; website: http://www.sorby.org.uk/
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: mail@westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk http://westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk/ Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 8 pm (unless otherwise stated) and are held in the Abbot Hall Social Centre, Kendal.
YORKSHIRE MID-WEEK GEOLOGY GROUP: West Yorkshire based informal mainly amateur and retired group that organises monthly field meetings or museum visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Details in regular Newsletters and on the Group's website: http://mwggyorkshire.webspace.virginmedia.com/. Contact: mwggyorkshire@virginmedia.com
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Alex Keech <yorkshireregionalgroup@gmail.com>

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(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).