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The Latest News From the Yorkshire Geological Society

NEW! Annual General Meeting 2019

Our Annual General Meeting will be at Weetwood Hall, Leeds on 7th December 2019. The meeting will feature poster presentations by YGS Grant Winners 2016-18, presentations of YGS Medals and Honours, and the President’s Address by Paul Hildreth - The Yorkshire Geological Society and its contribution to the study of the Chalk Group of Northern England.

Our latest Circular gives details of the event and programme. A Draft copy of the YGS Annual Report is available for download (Society Proceedings 2019) and consultation ahead of the AGM.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

NEW! Token of appreciation on behalf of YGS

John Peate, a member of the Society, and Regional Geologist of Hanson Aggregates, has for many years been an outstanding representative for Hanson in supporting numerous geological activities in Yorkshire and particularly through this Society. These notably included sponsoring the presentation event for the Adam Sedgwick book written by Colin Speakman and co-published by the Society, also arranging survey support and access for a number of research projects in the Yorkshire Dales and most recently allowing field excursion access to Horton Quarry.

John shortly moves on, within the Hanson organisation, to a new posting in the USA, for which we wish him well. In September, John Knight, Vice-President presented John with a framed copy of the 1821 William Smith map of Yorkshire with appropriate engraving to express our thanks and appreciation.

UPDATE: Charles Lyell's notebooks SAVED:

Appeal from the University of Edinburgh

Charles Lyell's 294 notebooks, currently in private ownership, are due to be sold abroad. The University has launched a crowd-funding appeal to seek voluntary contributions towards the £1.5m needed to save this vital historical collection. The appeal for pledges has been extended to 15 October 2019.

GOOD NEWS! This appeal has now raised the required amount and the notebooks have been saved, see the appeal website for further information.

President's Word

The weekend field trip to the Lower Palaeozoic inliers at Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ingleton in early July proved to be both popular and geologically fascinating. Both days attracted a group of 25 participants and were led by Dr John Knight and Dr Nick Riley, with contributions from several others with experience of the areas. Sadly, we missed the presence and co-leadership of Dr Jack Soper through illness and who, with John and Nick, had prepared and organised the event. I hope that by the time you are reading this that Jack is fully recovered and keen to get back into the field/

As guests of Hanson's the Saturday group assembled for a quarry visit at Horton where there were splendid exposures of the basal beds of the Carboniferous (Mississippian) and the underlying unconformity. In a deeper section of the quarry, in the Silurian Autswick Formation, most members of the group were absorbed in examining sedimentary bottom structures (good preparation for later exposures) in muddy siltstones and a block, preserved by Hanson, with a bedding plane covered with monograptids. It is hoped that this block will be lifted and displayed in an appropriate location.

Sunday was rather akin to the biblical loaves and fishes story. Our handouts included an annotated map of the Ingleton inlier produced by Jack Sober and, as we studied on Storrs Common, at least two other sets of 50-year-old field slips materialised, the products of undergraduate mapping these at centres other than Sheffield. These contributed to valuable and interesting discussion on issues such as the coal seam in Meal Bank Quarry (now a potential future field trip site), weigh-up evidence in the Ingleton Group slates and the petrography of the igneous intrusions within the inlier. The trip finished on a high; the possibility of a find with highly significant implications for dating the Ingleton Group. I hope that the results of the find, should they prove to be of significance, will be broadcast through the YGS.

Wearing a different hat, I led a trip for the Geologists' Association's Rockwatch group on 20th July to Skipsea. Young budding geologists were encouraged to collect erratics from the beach and then learn how to classify them in "rock families". This led to discussion on where they came from and how they arrived. The visit was facilitated by the excellent co-operation of Stephen and Judith Foreman who allow geology groups to park for free and then use their farm walk to access the beach site. I have now visited the site with various groups; East Midlands OUGS, Hull GS, The Rotunda Geology Group and YGS as well as Rockwatch and so, in appreciation to the landowners' co-operation, I was delighted to present them with a framed 1821 geological map of Yorkshire on behalf of the YGS and all students of geology. I trust that this will adorn Mr Moo's ice cream parlour (Part of Stephen and Judith's business concern) for the admiration of generations of future "earth detectives".

Paul Hildreth, YGS President

NEW! Guide to the Geology of Bempton Cliffs created by YGS for RSPB

It is with great pleasure that we're able to inform you of the creation of a field guide by the YGS, on behalf of RSPB, the geology of Bempton Cliffs outlining the geological setting of the iconic chalk cliffs at RSPB Bempton Nature Reserve.

Hard copies of the flyer will be available in the Seabird Centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs from Spring 2019.

Further details regarding RSPB Bempton Cliffs can be found on the RSPB website, including information on updated bird sightings throughout the year.

IMPORTANT: Please update your contact details

Thank you to all members you have already updated their contact details using the form included in our May Circular. Council respectfully requests those members who have not yet updated their details, including their email address, to complete and return by post the contact details form enclosed in our next Circular (619).

Alternatively you can download the form here (this downloads the form to your computer's default 'downloads' folder) and return by email to membership@yorksgeolsoc.org.uk.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and kindest regards, YGS Council.

NEW! Grants for early career scientists and researchers

Grants of up to £1000 are available, please see our Awards and Grants page for more details and information on how to apply.

Vacancy for Chief Editor,

Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

Are you looking to broaden your knowledge, expertise and profile as the lead editor of a highly regarded geoscience journal? If so, the Yorkshire Geological Society (YGS) is offering an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and experience.

The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (PYGS) is a leading UK geoscience journal, published by the Geological Society of London (GSL) and included in the world-renowned Lyell Collection and GeoScienceWorld. Recent PYGS highlights include new research on the sedimentology and palaeoecology of brachiopod shell beds in Mississippian limestones of the Derbyshire carbonate platform, and a new record of ichthyosaur embryos preserved in utero in the Early Jurassic of Yorkshire. A thematic set of papers on the Chalk of the Northern UK Province will be published in the November 2018 issue.

We are seeking a Chief Editor to lead the development of the PYGS from 2019 onwards and oversee publication of new scientific content. You will lead a team of experienced Editors and work in partnership with the Geological Society Publishing House to publish the journal and broaden its reach and impact.

Interested? Please see the job description for more details and information on how to apply.

Postgraduate Diploma in "The Geology of Northern England"

This unique course uses the geological wealth of northern England to explore the main principles of geology and integrate regional knowledge into the interpretation of larger scale Earth processes and structures. Students also assess the region’s importance in the context of current controversies in the Earth sciences, from fracking to climate change, while reflecting upon northern England’s vital role in the history of geology. The Diploma goes on to examine human interactions with the region's rocks and landscapes, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, to complete a fascinating journey overall.

This two-year part-time programme at The University of York is run entirely online by distance learning, but also includes a residential week in York at the beginning of each of the two years, for field and class-based study.

Applications are currently being considered for the new intake in September 2018. For more details and to apply online, please visit the University of York's dedicated page, or email them.

Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman now on sale!

The Yorkshire Geological Society is pleased to announce the publication of Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman a biuography to Colin Speakman.

Published jointly by YGS and Gritstone Publishing Co-operative Ltd, the book tells the story of the upbringing, professional life and research of Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873), one of the great figures of Geology and of Victorian-era British Science. Colin Speakman, already well known for his writings and broadcasts on the Yorkshire Dales, carries the reader from Sedgwick’s humble beginnings in Dent to his academic position of Woodwardian Professor at the University of Cambridge. Because of the detailed research by the author the book will appeal not only to readers with an interest in the history of science but also to those who enjoy a fast-moving and diverse story of success, often against all the odds. Lovers of Yorkshire, and in particular the Dales, will find much to enjoy

Order your copy today through our dedicated sales page.