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Introducing the Yorkshire Geological Society: get involved in geoscience in the north of England

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

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

Publications: one of the Society's very popular field guides

Find out more about the exciting geology of the region and internationally important developments in the Earth Sciences by joining the Yorkshire Geological Society. You will find a warm welcome at the YGS, and we are actively seeking new members to become involved with the Society.

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 1839 Geological and Local Web Links
Officers & Council for 2016
  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 SOCIETY'S SUMMER 2016 PROGRAMME CONTINUED

AUGUST 2016

 Saturday 6th August 2016, Meet at 10am in Artists Corner Car Park Matlock, Derbyshire: NGR SK 297595: Carboniferous geology and mineralisation: Mississippi Valley-type mineralization and fluvio-karst of the Matlock anticline. Yorkshire Geological Society, Leader N E Worley
The Visean (Brigantian) Monsal Dale and Eyam Limestone formations are spectacularly exposed in Matlock Dale where a ~70m deep gorge has been incised by the River Derwent through the Matlock anticline.  The sequence of shelf facies bioturbated limestone comprises a series of cyclothems associated with palaeokarst and pedogenic features.  The Monsal Dale Limestone contains two 20m thick basalt lavas and these are hydrogeologically influential at Matlock Bath where springs are responsible for the tufa terrace and petrifying wells. 
The upper Brigantian Limestones contain bioherms (reef knolls) the best exposed being High Tor which has a domical core with steeply-angled flanking beds suggesting growth by vertical aggradation. The limestones contain hypogenic karst produced by deep-seated hydrothermal fluid that was later dolomitized and mineralized by lead /zinc sulphides and fluorite, quartz, baryte, and calcite. The periglacial incision of the Derwent and related formation of fluviokarst provided flowpaths for thermal springs (20°C) for which Matlock Bath became famous as a Victorian spa.
The geological features will be examined by walking on the flanks of the gorge and ascending the Heights of Abraham before descending into Matlock Bath to observe the tufa terraces and thermal springs.  The mineralization will be examined in the Temple mine for which there will be a small entrance charge.  The excursion follows a circular route on footpaths and roads with some locally steep ascents and descents. 
Meeting details: The overall distance will be some 5km. Numbers are limited to 12 persons and prior booking with the leader is required, email noel.worley@ntlworld.com - joining instructions and an itinerary will forwarded with the booking confirmation.
 
References
Ford,T.D. 2001.  The geology of the Matlock Mines.  Mining History, 14, 1-34.
Ford, T.D. & Worley, N.E. 1977. Phreatic caves and sediments at Matlock Derbyshire. Proceedings of the 7th International Speleological Congress, Sheffield, 194-196.
Ford, T.D. & Worley, N.E. 2016. Mineralization of the South Pennine Orefield, UK – A Review. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 61 (1) in press.
Pentecost, A. 1999. The origin and development of the travertines and associated thermal waters at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.  Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 110(3), 217-232.
Smith, E.G., Rhys, G.H., & Eden, R.A. 1967. Geology of the Country around Chesterfield, Matlock, and Mansfield.  Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, 111.

 

OUTLINE YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY PROGRAMME FOR THE REST OF 2016

Friday/Sunday 15th – 18th September 2016: Scarborough Fossil Festival: organised by the Rotunda Museum
Saturday 8th October 2016: York St. John University: Joint Meeting with the Yorkshire Regional Group of the Geological Society of London. The programme in preparation will be linked to the Geological Society’s “2016: Year of Water”, which is exploring a wide range of water-related geoscience.
Saturday 5th November 2016, University of Hull: Joint meeting with the Hull Geological SocietyRecent research on the landscape, palaeontology and archaeology between ca. 100,000 and 10,000 years ago of “Doggerland”, the now submerged large region of the southern North Sea Basin.
Saturday 10th December 2016, 2.30pm – 7.30pm, Weetwood Hall, Leeds: President’s Day: Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address by Dr John Knight, Reception and Buffet.

YGS Membership Secretary


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

YGS-Members Forum email "Listserv"

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

NEW!! Contents of the latest part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 61 Pt. 1, published May 2016)
on line on the Lyell Collection at:
http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/content/current

Andrew J. Storey, Alan T. Thomas and Robert M. Owens: The deep-water trilobite association of the Silurian Coldwell Siltstone Formation of northern England and its wider significanceYorkshire Geological Society Registered Charity No. 220014 Society Proceedings 2015 (pp. 1-23)
Robert H. Wagner and Carmen Álvarez-Vázquez: A reappraisal of Pecopteris miltonii (Artis) Brongniart, a mid-Westphalian (Early–Mid Pennsylvanian) fern (pp. 25-35)
Richard G. Hodkin, Jonathan R. Lee, James B. Riding and Jenni A. Turner: Genesis and provenance of a new Middle Pleistocene diamicton unit at Happisburgh, NE Norfolk, UK (pp. 37-53)
T.D. Ford and N.E. Worley: Mineralization of the South Pennine Orefield, UK—A Review (pp. 55-86)
Yorkshire Geological Society Registered Charity No. 220014 Society Proceedings 2015 (pp. 87-93)

Proceedings now fully digitised from vol. 1 (1839) to vol. 61 Part 2 (2015) with free online access to individual YGS members

Instructions for YGS member access to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 1839 to 2015 in the Lyell Collection
This notice contains important information that will enable you to access the online.  Please make sure that you retain the address label from the envelope containing your latest YGS Circular– this contains your YGS membership number, which you will need to activate your subscription.
Following the launch of the Proceedings in the Lyell Collection, individual members who subscribe to the journal can now view the entire archive from Volume 1 (1839) online.
Before you can access the Proceedings online, you will need to activate your subscription. To do this, go to the YGS Proceedings subscription activation page:
http://www.lyellcollection.org/cgi/activate/ibasic and enter your subscriber ID number in the bottom right hand box.  Your subscriber ID is your YGS membership number,
which is the four digit number shown in the top left hand corner of the address label, with the prefix YGS (e.g. YGS9999). (Ignore the reference to "Institutional Subscription
Access" at the top, and to "payment confirmation letter) "on the bottom line: just put your YGS membership number in the box on the bottom line and press the "submit" button.)
Follow the instructions on the next screen and complete parts A and B.  In part B, you will need to set your own user name and password, which you will use when you next login
to the Proceedings site in the Lyell Collection. Once you have activated your subscription, you will be able to browse the PYGS archive. For subsequent access, go direct to the PYGS site on the Lyell Collection web site at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/
(Please note that if you have access rights to other parts of the Lyell Collection, e.g. as a Fellow of the Geological Society, you need to connect via the YGS option, not as part of your Geological Society (or other) options.
The links to both the subscription activation page and your regular login are live on this YGS Home Page and/or can be copied and pasted into your web browser.
Stewart Molyneux
Principal Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

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.

 Corresponding Societies

(Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information, and if you would like to attend a particular meeting as a guest)

CRAVEN & PENDLE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Paul Kabrna e-mail: paul_kabrna@hotmail.com or http://www.cpgs.org.uk/ (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: The Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick)
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
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: Tuesday 9th August 2016, 7pm - 9.30pm: Evening walk to examine the buildingb stones of Nottingham, led by Dr Steve Parry (BGS). Meet at the Robin Hood statue, Castle Road.
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Graham Leslie, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0266, e-mail: agle@bgs.ac.uk. Lectures are held in the Grant Institute of the University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm, except where stated otherwise. These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are welcome. Tea and biscuits are served after the lectures, upstairs in the Cockburn Museum of the Grant Institute. (See http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps for location.)
THE GEOLOGISTS' ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/ (For further details please check with the website or e-mail Sarah Stafford at the GA Office: geol.assoc@btinternet.com, tel. 020 7434 9298)
HUDDERSFIELD GEOLOGY GROUP: Contact: Phil Robinson, 01484-715.298. http://www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/ Meetings at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, on Monday evenings at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
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.
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION – PLEASE NOTE SEVERAL CHANGES:  General Secretary: William Fraser Tel: 0113 2608764 e-mail: lga.sec@btinternet.com; Field Meetings Secretary: David Holmes. Tel: 01423 888997 E.mail: holmsey@taltalk.net; new Association website address: http://www.leedsga.org.uk/  (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Conference Centre Auditorium 2, Leeds University at 7pm)
LEICESTER LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY - SECTION C GEOLOGY: Chairman and contact: Dr. Mark Evans, 0116 225 4904; mark.evans@leidc.gov.uk. 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: (Currently changing address:  contact@neyorksgeologytrust.com/).
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):
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

NEXT YGS CIRCULAR DEADLINE SUNDAY 14TH AUGUST 2016  

Please send all copy (including Corresponding Society programmes) to the Circular and Website Editor, Patrick Boylan - email: P.Boylan@city.ac.uk/ post: 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF.

 

 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 Landscape – the popular YGS Field Guide, Third Edition

Yorkshire, famed for its scenic beauty and its rich industrial heritage, contains some of the most interesting geology and scenery in England , from the moors to the coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. The influence of the geology on the landscape and on the industrial development in the region is profound.  

This book is a stimulating field guide to twenty-one locations selected to give comprehensive coverage of the geology, minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms of the area. Excursions vary from easy half–day walks to longer outings. Some are in moorland areas such as the Craven Inliers and the Pennines; others cover the Dinosaur Coast, famous for its rugged beauty and natural history, and coalfields adjacent to the major cities.

  Aimed at beginners and more experienced geologists, the book includes a general introduction to the area’s geological history, detailed location maps, a full glossary of terms, and details of local museums.

  Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape will be used and enjoyed by all those interested in the geology and natural heritage of this exciting and diverse region, especially the links between landscape and the underlying geology,

 About the Authors: The field guide, edited by Drs. Colin Scrutton and John Powell, has contributions from knowledgeable academics, professional geologists and dedicated amateurs, many of them members of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Together in this book they provide the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to the geology of Yorkshire and surrounding areas currently available.  

Published: September 2006; 224 pp, 22 figures.  Price 9.99, plus postage and packing 3.35. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

  Also available at indoor meetings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (no p&p) and from selected bookshops.

Click here for more details, including the full Contents List


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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