Thursday, 11 February 2016

27th - 30th May - Field trip to Anglesey

A Geology Course in Anglesey
Dave Green, Geostudies
Friday 27th May from 7.30 p.m. to Monday 30th May at lunch time
Full details on the Bath Geological Society website
and from the secretary
There are a few places left; everyone is welcome. 

18th February - 'Mr. Smith's Remarkable Maps'

Thursday 18th February 2016 
Mr Smith's Remarkable Maps
Tom Sharpe (University of Cardiff) 
The Studio, M Shed, Princes Rd, Bristol, 6.00pm
William Smith's great geological map of Britain, published 200 years ago, was fourteen years in the making and the first of its kind in the world. In the course of making it, Smith developed the fundamental principles of rock sequences - stratigraphy - and recognised the value of fossils in identifying strata. The groundwork for these discoveries took place in the area around Bath in the 1790s while Smith was surveying the route of the Somerset Coal Canal, but it was not until 1815 that a publisher was finally secured for his mould-breaking map and its accompanying Memoir. Smith's success was to be short-lived however, for within five years, his pioneering geological map was eclipsed by a more detailed collaborative effort by the many members of the Geological Society of London. Nevertheless, Smith's great map of 1815 has since become an icon of geology, and in 2015-16 the bicentenary of its publication is being marked by conferences, exhibitions, lectures and other events across the country.
Tom Sharpe spent over 35 years as a curator in the Department of Geology at the National Museum of Wales, where he looked after the world's largest collection of William Smith's 1815 maps. A renowned authority on early British geology, in this talk he looks at the development of the map and what it can tell us about geological history in the South West.
Free event - Everybody very welcome!


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

February - Forthcoming events

4th February - Bath Geological Society AGM and 'Cotham Marble'
Further details here

16th February - WRGS

24th February - Bristol NATS - Geology section
Thomas Hawkins and his Sea Dragons – a mad, bad fossil collector?
Stephen Locke 7:30pm, Wednesday 24 February
Stephen Locke will give a talk on the controversial 19th century fossil collector Thomas Hawkins. Thomas Hawkins (1810-1889) was the son of a Somerset Farmer/Cattle Dealer who lived at Glastonbury. He inherited a considerable sum of money with which he was able to indulge his passion for collecting fossil marine reptiles from his local area and Lyme Regis. He was undoubtedly a highly eccentric character and was considered by some of his contemporaries to be mad. He wrote several books on the subject of “Sea Dragons” in a style that has been described as lurid. Stephen’s talk will attempt a reassessment of the life and character of Thomas Hawkins who was a fascinating local naturalist. It will be of interest to a wide range of BNS members and previous knowledge of geology will not be required.

Why can't we predict volcanic eruptions?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

4th February - Bath GS - Cotham Marble

4th February - Bath Geological Society.
The replacement talk is 'Cotham Marble'
by Dr. Sarah Greene, NERC Independent Research Fellow,
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
The Cotham Marble is an uppermost Triassic carbonate microbialite (a rock built by the actions of microscopic life) from the southwestern UK, long prized by collectors for its beauty. Sometimes called the Landscape Marble because its internal structures resemble hills, trees, and skies, the Cotham Marble has been the subject of fascination, scientific investigation, and speculation about its formation for at least 250 years. Only in the past few years, however, have we come to recognize that microbialites like the Cotham Marble can yield truly exceptional archives of past climates. In this lecture, Dr. Greene will recount the history of study of the Cotham Marble and describe some new theories about how and why it formed. She will also describe what brand new geochemical studies of the Cotham Marble are teaching us about the Triassic-Jurassic climate in the UK and the end-Triassic global mass extinction event.
7.00 p.m. AGM followed by this talk
BRLSI, 16 Queen Square Bath
Everyone welcome, £4 for visitors, free refreshments

Monday, 25 January 2016

4th February - Bath Geological Society AGM

The Bath Geological Society is having its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 4th February at 7 pm at the BRLSI in Queen Square, Bath
All members are welcome to attend the AGM
Two positions on the Bath GS committee will become vacant
- Membership secretary
- Fieldtrip programme secretary
Please contact the Chairman if you wish to fulfil either of these important roles.
7.30 p.m. First talk of 2016 - title and speaker to be announced as soon as possible. We are sorry about this unavoidable change to the published programme.
7.00 p.m. 16 Queen Square Bath - everyone welcome, visitors £4, free refreshments