Sunday, 1 March 2015

March 5th - Geological Exploration of the Moon

Bath Geological Society
The Geological Exploration of the Moon
Professor Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology, Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Crawford will summarise what is known of the geology of the Moon and what it reveals about the history and evolution of the Earth-Moon system. His talk will describe what has been learned from 40 years of analysis of samples collected by the Apollo missions as well as more recent lunar missions, and make the scientific case for the future exploration of Earth’s natural satellite.
7.30 p.m. BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, Bath
Everyone welcome - visitors £4 - free refreshments

Thursday, 26 February 2015

March 21st - Saltford or Oxfordshire

G.A. trip to Saltford, Bristol Avon Valley between Bath and Bristol
Simon Carpenter and Richard Ashley
Saturday March 21st
It boasts one of the oldest continually inhabited manor houses and has some fabulous geology.  The walking distance will be between 2 to 3 miles, there will be opportunities to collect fossils. Pub lunch/or sandwiches in Saltford and the final stop will be in a private garden to view a spectacular rock face which preserves many characteristic Lower Jurassic fossils. The walk will end around 4pm.
Further details and to sign up follow this link

Bath Geological Society
Jurassic rocks of Oxfordshire
Elizabeth Devon

Kirtlington Quarry SSSI - go back in time to a Jurassic environment similar to the Florida Everglades today. These conditions attracted many animals, and the quarry is famous for its rich diversity of fossils. Evidence for the presence of nearby land is provided by the presence of fossil wood, freshwater algae and crustaceans, disarticulated dinosaur skeletons and very rare mammal fossils. It is the richest mammal-bearing locality of Middle Jurassic age known anywhere in the world.
Rock Edge Quarry - Upper Jurassic coral-rich limestone. Similar conditions to those found in the Bahama Banks today are believed to have existed at the time. Here the Coral Rag is rich in fossil remains, derived from coral reefs that formed in the ancient shelf sea.
Dry Sandford Pit, Cothill The pit exposes part of a sequence of the Corallian Beds, limestone rocks deposited during the Middle Oxfordian Stage of the Jurassic, some 140 million years ago, in shallow coastal waters close to coral reefs. The layered rock succession seen here includes parts of three main units of the Corallian.
Further details from the Field Secretary

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Geology-themed walks - Corsham Walking Festival

Corsham Walking Festival 12th-14th June
The Walking Festival has two specific short Geological walks, led by Elizabeth Devon, one in Corsham and one in Box, looking at how the buildings in Corsham have been shaped by the beautiful stone quarried in the area, and how Box’s landscape reveals much about the geology that has shaped it.
In addition, stone features large on the agenda for the walks;  there are walks on Saturday and Sunday where an underground quarry explorer and guide, Martin Burton, will talk to the walkers about the history of the stone quarry in Box Quarry woods, home to rare bats, and its working life as a mine.  Sadly it is too dangerous to take walkers down the mine to see the wonderful Cathedral there, though this can be arranged privately at any participant’s own risk.
There is also a Railway walk which will include details about how the tunnel was dug through the differing types of rock to create the famous tunnel, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  There is another walk looking at the tracks and remains of the now disused tramways used to transport stone from the Quarries along the Ridge at Neston to the nearby Railway.
In addition there are walks looking at Corsham’s heritage, walks of varying distances, to Lacock, Colerne and Castle Combe;  walks for children which are free, and the organisers have even arranged a 4 mile walk for dog owners and their four legged friends.
The Festival coincides with the Pound Arts Summer Festival and also offers evening events on the Friday and Saturday.
It will be opened by David Hempleman-Adams, Box-based world explorer, who will start the first walks on the Friday.
Further details Booking starts on 1st March at The Pounds Art Centre 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015

28th February and 1st March - Geoconservation at Brown's Folly and Leigh Delamere

Saturday 28th February - Brown's Folly
This is our annual clear-up of the Geological sites on this SSSI reserve. Come along with gardening tools or just take the opportunity to visit the sites and talk about geology.
Meet at 10.30 a.m. at Brown's Folly Car Park (G.R. ST 798663). Strong boots and waterproofs are required. Hard hats should be worn under or near exposures. Please bring one if you can; we do have some available. 
Contact Bath Geological Society 

Sunday 1st March - Leigh Delamere
Leigh Delamere Services occupy the site of an old quarry where an extensive rock face can still be examined by the public.  The interpretation board, located in front of the rock face, explains the history of the rocks, how they formed under the sea and why they are being protected for future research and general interest.
Meet at 10.00am at Travelodge Garden, Leigh Delamere Services, M4 Eastbound. Access is either from the minor road through Kington St. Michael (running from the A350 just north of Chippenham) and crossing over the M4, or from the M4 motorway, taking the Moto Leigh Delamere Services exit between junctions 18 (Bath) and 17 (Chippenham) –the site is beside the Travelodge on the eastbound side of the motorway, behind the Moto restaurant and shops. There is a footbridge across from the westbound side.
It is important for everyone to bring strong gloves to help clear the vegetation and if you would like to help cut down the vegetation and you have own saws, shears or secateurs please feel free to bring them along.
Contact Wiltshire Geology Group