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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.

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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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Officers & Council for 2015
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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)

Next YGS Meeting:

Yorkshire Geology Day, Saturday 25th April 2015 at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH, 10am – 5pm, including Society Meeting on “Geology and your Health”

Saturday 25th April, 10.00am to 5.00pm: Yorkshire Geology Day at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield WF4  4RH

A full day out celebrating the launch of Yorkshire Geology Month 2015 with activities and events for everyone, including families and non-specialists, organised by the Yorkshire Geological Society in association with the National Coal Mining Museum for England and the West Yorkshire Geological Trust.



10am to 5pm: opportunities to visit the main displays and temporary exhibitions of the National Coal Mining Museum for England,
including the Hope Pit surface buildings, the pit ponies etc.

11am to 3pm: Rides on the on-site train around the 45 acre Museum site available

10.00am to 3.45pm: Yorkshire Geology Day displays and activities in the Hope Section of the Museum’s Conference Centre including:               
Introducing Yorkshire Geology Month
Bring your rocks and fossils for identification
Leeds Geological Association
British Cave Research Association
Hidden Heritage/Rotunda Group/Scarborough Museums Trust
West Yorkshire Geology Trust
Chalk fossils and stratigraphy
Kiddies Kolouring Korner
Sales of field guides, books and pamphlets

Short illustrated talks for Yorkshire Geology Day and the Launch of Yorkshire Geology Month, 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Education Centre and lasting about 20 minutes each, and other actvities. Provisional programme:

10.30 "What to look for on the drift mine walk - a guide for those joining the day's underground walks - Paul Guion
11.00  “Plants from the Yorkshire Coal Measures Forests” – John Knight
11.30  “In the tracks of Yorkshire’s dinosaurs” – Will Watts
12.00 “Introducing Yorkshire Geology Month 2015” – Paul Hildreth                 
Short accompanied geological walks (about 45 minutes) from the Museum Exhibition entrance to the Hope Mine rock exposure at 11.30am and 12.30pm.
Free underground tours of Caphouse Colliery led by a member of the Museum staff and accompanied by a Coal Measures geology specialist.  Group size will be restricted to a maximum of 15 and places should be booked ON THE DAY at the Museum Reception Desk BEFORE attending the introductory talk at 10.30am.
10.45 and 11am: Underground walks into the Drift Mine involving a long descent but offering opportunities to view important and interesting geology. 
Refreshments and Lunches: The Museum’s refurbished café will be open throughout the day, offering drinks, snack and hot and cold lunches; there are also picnic areas for those bringing packed lunches.

Afternoon programme: Yorkshire Geological Society General Meeting on “Geology and your Health” (also open to all):

14.00 – 14.05:  Introduction and Yorkshire Geological Society business – John Knight (President)
14.05 – 14.40: “Geology and your Health” - Dr Earl Haworth TD, FRCP (Consultant Physician)
14.40 - 15.15:    “Radon, a silent GeoHazard”: Antonio Ferreira, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham
15.15 - 15.45   Coffee Break (free refreshments)
15.45 – 16.20:   “The crystalline silica enigma”: Claire Horwell, University of Durham and Director of the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network
16.20 - 1650; The influence and development of geological knowledge in the management of health and safety in mines and quarries”: Noel Worley, Vice-President of the Society 


“Geology and your Health” - Dr Earl Haworth TD, FRCP (Consultant Physician, York and Scarborough)
 "All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. Only the dose differentiates a poison and a remedy." (Paracelsus 1493-1541). Medical geology is the interdisciplinary scientific field studying geological factors and the effect on human and animal health, focusing on the complex interactions of magnetosphere, geosphere and biosphere. The specialty has only recently achieved international recognition with the founding of the International Medical Geology Association in 2004, an organisation which is developing quickly, currently with over 500 members in 73 countries. The British Geological Survey is one of the world leaders in the emerging field, bringing together many disciplines including geologists, environmental and earth scientists, epidemiologists and medical specialists. This is a basic introduction to, and overview of, medical geology, with the aim of setting the scene for a series of informative and stimulating presentations.
“Radon, a silent GeoHazard”: Antonio Ferreira, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham
Radon (Rn) is a unique chemical element, as it is a geogenic, radioactive, noble gas with no colour, taste or smell. The gas Rn is an intermediate decay product in the solid decay chain of uranium (238U or 235U) or thorium (232Th); 222Rn (from 238U decay chain), directly decays from 226Ra (half-life of 1602 yr), is Radon’s most stable isotope with a half-life of 3.8 days.
Radon is geogenic and ubiquitous, as it is permanently produced from Uranium (and or Thorium)-bearing minerals which are the most common radioactive elements on earth and which are present in all type of rocks and soils. Radon production at Earth scale has been constant in the past and will remain for the next millions of years as U and Th isotopes have very long half-lives (in the order of thousands of millions of years). However, Radon emanation from the ground can be highly variable from place to place, depending on Geology. Uranium enriched rocks (such as some granites, black shales, phosphate rocks, limestones) emanate higher Radon levels which are also favoured by a high permeability.
As atmospheric pressure is lower indoors than outdoors, Radon has a tendency to accumulate inside houses, coming from the ground and getting in through gaps in the floor. In the UK the outdoor average level is 4 Bq/m3, while indoors it is five times higher (20 Bq/m3) and in some cases values as high as 10 000 Bq/m3 have already been measured.
Radon is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity. Radon exposure is the second cause of death by lung cancer in the UK (about 1100 per year), thus, the deadliest GeoHazard in the UK. This is a result of inhalation of Radon gas and decay into solid short-lived isotopes (ex.: 218Po, 214Po), which attach to the lungs tissue while keeping emitting alpha particles.
Radon risk mapping in the UK is carried out through a joint project between Public Health England and the British Geological Survey. Maps showing the probability of dwellings exceeding the Radon Action Level (200 Bq/m3) are produced, by using a method that takes into account both the Radon indoor measurements and the Geology. These maps are produced aiming identifying Radon affected areas (figure 1), so that preventive or remedial measures (such as radon sumps, under floor ventilation) can be taken.
“The crystalline silica enigma”: Claire Horwell, University of Durham; Director of the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network
Since ancient times, there have been reports of people falling ill and dying of respiratory disease following exposure to quartz and other forms of crystalline silica. A known carcinogen, crystalline silica exposure is now highly regulated in industry, yet there is growing evidence that some forms, and some exposures, do not cause disease. In this talk, Dr. Claire Horwell will explore the origins and sources of environmental and industrial crystalline silica (from volcanic ash to coal dust) and take you through the multidisciplinary research which, in recent years, has enabled scientists to start to unravel the causes of, and controls on, its variable toxicity.
“The influence and development of geological knowledge in the management of health and safety in mines and quarries”: Noel Worley, Vice-President of the Society 
Geological science did not become particularly influential in the management of health and safety in the extractive industries until the second half of the last century. The legislative response to catastrophe at Aberfan in 1966 and in-rush at Lofthouse Colliery in 1973 resulted in geologists being more operationally engaged in mine management and related activities. Today geoscience has become a key feature in the health and safety management of extractive operations.  The history of how this has developed and the role of the health and safety role geologist is described.

Programme of other Events for the General Public of the Yorkshire Geological Society and our associated organisations for Yorkshire Geology Month 2015, Sunday 26 April to Thursday 30th April 2015

(Please check for further details with the organisers shown)
Sunday 26th April at 10.30.  Chalk Lithostratigraphy and Structure in East Yorkshire organised by Huddersfield Geology Group and led by Paul Hildreth.  Start at Langtoft Quarries alongside the B1249 road south of the village and afterwards transfer to the coast at Flamborough North Landing and Selwick’s Bay.  Details from Bob Appleyard (rajaappleyard@hotmail.com /tel. 01484 684064) or Paul Hildreth (panda_hildreth@hotmail.com /tel. 01652 655784).
Thursday 7th May at 10.30 at Addingham Moorside.  Millstone Lumps and Beyond organised by Bradford Countryside Service and led by Will Varley.  Meet at the Memorial Hall, Addingham.  Details: www.bradford.gov.uk/NR
Thursday 7th May at 19.30 in Quad4, Hull University (Scarborough Campus).  Talks by leaders on forthcoming field trips organised by the Scarborough Rotunda Geology Group.
 Saturday 9th May at 13.15 for 13.30 start.  Roundhay Park Geology Trail organised by the Friends of Roundhay Park and led by Bill Fraser.  Start outside the Mansion House Visitor Centre, Mansion Lane,  Leeds  LS82HH.  Free car parking. Public transport:  First Bus: routes 2, 12. Public WC in Visitor Centre.  The Trail consists of 10 locations where the rocks, structures and the fossils they contain can be used to show that the Park was once a shallow sea that became infilled by an advancing delta to become a tropical rainforest.  There is also evidence of powerful earth movements that affected the area since the rocks were formed.  Geology Trail booklet available for purchase.  The walk is approx. 3 km and takes approximately 2.5 hrs. following a mixture of rough surfaced and unmade streamside and woodland paths which can be muddy and slippery after wet weather. Walking boots / strong shoes are recommended.
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


To mark the Society’s 175th anniversary in 2013 Council agreed to establish a fourth Society Medal to mark outstanding contributions to, and distinction in, applied geology – broadly defined, with particular reference to our own area of special interest, i.e. northern England.  The Medal is named in honour of W.S. Bisat, a leading member of the Society for 53 years and President for 1938-40.  Dr Bisat was a civil engineer by profession who made major contributions of international importance to Carboniferous palaeontology and stratigraphy research as well as to the understanding of the Yorkshire Quaternary, and was one of the very few amateurs elected as Fellows of the Royal Society during the past century or more. In 1960 he endowed the Society’s first Medal, which the Council of the day proposed to call the Bisat Medal, but this proposal was vetoed by Dr Bisat, and the name the John Phillips Medal was adopted instead.
The Dr W S Bisat FRS Medal is awarded by secret ballot of the Council of the Society not more frequently than biennially as:
Tony Waltham gained his BSc at Imperial College, and continued there as a research student in the Department of Mining Geology, completing his PhD: Geology of the Folldal sulphide deposits, Norway in 1968.  He spent most of his academic career as Lecturer, later Senior Lecturer, in Engineering Geology at Nottingham Trent University.  He has made important academic and practical contributions in at least three different major areas of applied geology relevant to the terms for the award of the Bisat Medal as follows.
Engineering geology:
Locally his extensive research and consultancy work included work on the Mam Tor landslide and the stability of the sandstone cliffs and caves of central Nottingham. Internationally he has worked on sinkhole geohazards in karst terrains in many parts of the world including China, Georgia, Ireland, Java, Oman, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. Particularly significant authored or joint authored books in the field included Catastrophe – the Violent Earth (1978), Ground Subsidence (1989) and Sinkholes and Subsidence (2005), while out of his many years of teaching the subject he developed a very successful textbook: Foundations of Engineering Geology, (original edition 1994, then 2002 and 2009, also published in USA, Turkish and Korean editions). 
Geology and geomorphology of caves and karst:
Tony Waltham is a leading figure of his generation in these fields, with a long list of important research and more popular publications, many of which record his long and close interest in the Yorkshire Dales. His books in this field include World of Caves (1976), Karst and Caves of Great Britain (1996) and Yorkshire Dales landscape and geology (2007). Most recently he co-edited and partly wrote the British Cave Research Association’s major new Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales (vol. 1 2013; vol. 2 in preparation for publication in 2016).
Geological information:
His Geophotos Picture Library now has over 80,000 colour images of world geology, geomorphology and landscapes, each supported by relevant scientific data and descriptions (see the back covers of every issue of Geology Today and also many textbooks). He continues to enjoy communicating geology to students and adult groups alike, and has also served as Editor of Mercian Geologist since 2000 and on the Editorial Board of Geology Today since 2001.                                   
I thank you, and I thank the Yorkshire Geological Society, for this medal. I feel duly honoured, and a little bit bemused, but I know my Mum will be very pleased. And I will keep the personal thanks to just one - to my wife, Jan, who has made it all possible.
I would like to think I may have warranted the medal by my involvement in the Yorkshire Dales. I first fell in love with the Dales when I was visiting as a caver, and then managed to combine a modicum of geological perception with experiences in the sport of caving. This eventually led to travels to caves and karst all over the world, and also to consultancy work on karst geohazards, which proves that I am completely mad because predicting the hazards related to sinkhole collapses is next to impossible.
But I like to think that I made a contribution to our understanding of the Dales, when I sampled some stalagmites from various Dales caves. I have in my hand a hand-written letter from a good friend Russ Harmon; it’s headed from Michigan State University, and is dated 5th October 1975. It reads “I have some numbers for you: Sample #TW1, from Gavel Pot, 1.4 ppm uranium, Th/U ratio 0.710, age 131,000 years”. That was I think the first absolute age determination of any material from that critical period in the Quaternary when the Dales landscape largely evolved into its present form. There were two more samples’ ages in that letter, followed by the comment “The ages are exactly as you thought”. Very satisfying!
That was just the first of the age determinations. The book that I have just finished editing, “Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales” published by the British Cave Research Association, contains a histogram with 325 stalagmite ages. It’s the basis for an absolute chronology of landscape evolution in the Dales, and I am very pleased to have been involved in its co  mpilation. If that contribution to Yorkshire geology has earned me this medal, then that’s good, but I thank you for the medal and for the honour that it holds.
An early draft of your President’s generous introduction had me down as a world-famous karst expert, but I deleted that for being OTT. However, to paraphrase Jasper Carrot, I am delighted and grateful to be world famous in the Yorkshire Geological Society. Thank you.

A Word from the President

The yearly meeting of the Society in the Spring at the National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, has now become a fixture in our calendar.  Always rather different in structure and tone from our standard indoor meetings, this is the one meeting in the year in which the Society comes directly into contact with a wide cross-section of the general public of all ages and background.  In addition it is also an occasion when the Society collaborates closely with the majority of other geological groups active within our footprint, where we come together organising displays and other activities and for presenting the forthcoming programme of Yorkshire Geology Month.
This is an important event for fulfilling the objectives of our constitution and our status as a registered charity- to extend knowledge of the science of geology.  But more importantly- as recognised by the many members who have helped on previous occasions, it is fun!   As always with such events, a successful meeting is heavily dependent on the level of support and participation of our membership.  I therefore urge all members who can attend to do so, even if the specific lecture topics may not be areas of direct personal interest.   All members are welcome at all stages of the day and any assistance in the activities involving the general public will be particularly appreciated.  However, members need not fear being “roped-in” for tasks; sharing enthusiasm for the various activities is equally important.  The morning events are aimed to be relaxed and welcoming to all visitors.  The Museum and its facilities are particularly family-friendly and this may be the opportunity to introduce children (or perhaps grand-children) to the fun of geology.  I, with other members of Council, will be available through the day and look forward to meeting informally with any members who do not normally attend meetings or perhaps have not yet made themselves known to us.
An important facet of this “Caphouse” meeting is that it is also the launch of Yorkshire Geology Month (YGM).  This Society, with other collaborating societies, endeavours to offer a range of activities, meetings and excursions which will be of interest not only to the membership but also to a wide section of the general public who are invited to participate.  All such activities require a considerable effort by the organisers and are deserving of wide support.  I hope members will review the range of meetings listed in the YGM brochure, and where possible attend those events that are within reach, irrespective of whether they are organised by our Society or by others.  YGM is a well worthwhile initiative to promote shared geological interest across our region and it is important that it receives support and stimulus to ensure it continues successfully in future years.
I look forward to an enjoyable full day event at the National Coal Mining Museum and, with other members of Council, hope to welcome a wide range of members, their families and members of other societies and visitors.
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.
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For subsequent access, go direct to the PYGS site on the Lyell Collection web site at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/
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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.
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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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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

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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).