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