Friday, 19 January 2018

Next week 22nd to 28th January 2018


NEXT WEEKS EVENTS
22nd to 28th January 2018

The following is an extract from Bristol and West Country Geology Calendars

More details can be found in the Bristol and the West Country Calendars and on the web sites of the relevant Society or organisation.


All Week (except Monday)

10:00
 Bristol City Museum - Pliosaurus!
WhenSun, 13 August 2017 to Sunday 18th February, 2018. 10:00 – 17:00
WhereBristol Museum & Art Gallery (map)
DescriptionTravel back in time 150 million years and dive into Bristol’s Jurassic seas.


  
Monday 22nd


Dave Green - The Geology of Norway (and Scandinavia)
When
Mon, 22 January, 19:30 – 21:30
Where
Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester (map)
Description
Scandinavia forms a large part of the ancient continent of Baltica. Although once extensively covered by Phanerozoic rocks, these have been largely eroded apart from those preserved in downfaulted graben (as in the North Sea and Oslo) and upththrust nappes, pushed onto Baltica during the violent collision with Laurentia in the Caledonian Orogeny at the end of the Silurian. Otherwise, Scandinavia is composed of PreCambrian rocks (mainly igneous and metamorphic) accreted to Baltica during its formation, from 3500 to 900 million years ago. The course aims to introduce you to this long and fascinating history. Monday 8th for 10 weeks (not 12h or 19th Feb) until 26th March. Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays . Cost £70

Contact Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858
davegeostudies@gmail.com


Tuesday 23rd




Wednesday 24th   




Thursday 25th

Dave Green - Mountain Building
When
Thu, 25 January, 19:30 – 21:30
Where
The Chantry, Thornbury (map)
Description
This 10 week course aims to introduce you to the geological processes that produce mountains, mainly by the study of different examples, both past (e.g. the Caledonian and Variscan belts) and present (e.g. the Alps and Andes). This includes the classic collisional orogenies, such as the Himalayas, Urals and Pyrenees; the accretionary orogenies, such as Taiwan, the Southern Uplands and the Andes; but also mountain ranges produced by very different tectonic forces, such as the East African Highlands, the Cantabrian Range and the Scottish Highlands. Held at The Chantry, Thornbury. First meeting 7.30 – 9.30, Thurs 11th January until March 22nd (not Thurs 15th Feb) in the ?TBA Room.Cost £75
February 2018

Contact Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858
davegeostudies@gmail.com


Friday 26th




Saturday 27th

OUGS Wessex - AGM and talks
When
Saturday, 27 Jan 2018
Where
D’Urberville Centre, Wool, Dorset (map)
Description
Wessex Branch AGM and day of talks 

Venue: D’Urberville Centre, Wool, Dorset 

Date: January 27th 2018 (Saturday) 

Branch Annual General Meeting 

Wessex AGM features a day of three talks and lunch. There is a charge of £8 per person for the day (but attendance at the AGM only is free). 

Minutes of the last AGM are in the Members' area.

If you are a branch member and have anything that you want adding to the agenda please get in touch with wessex@ougs.org well ahead of the AGM to allow the branch members to consider it before being asked to vote on it.

10.15am Registration

10.30am Sam Scriven: Scientific discoveries and insights of the Jurassic Coast

11.30am Millie Watts: Storegga slides in the North Sea

12.45pm Buffet lunch (provided by committee and friends)

               Please let us know if you are coming so that we can cater for you

1.45pm AGM (agenda below)

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of last meeting

3. Matters arising

4. Agenda items received

5. Officers' reports:

a. Branch Organiser (Colin Morley)

b. Treasurer (Rhiannon Rogers)

c. Day Trips & Library (Jeremy Cranmer)

d. Newsletter (Hilary Barton)

e. Website (Colin Morley)

f. Residential Trips (Mark Barrett)

The committee will then stand down for:

6. Election of officers

7. Any other business

2.30pm Prof. Sanjeev Gupta: The Channel Megaflood

4pm Close
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South Wales GA - Lecture "Escuminac"
When
Sat, 27 January, 11:00 – 12:30
Where
Swansea, UK (map)
Description
Escuminac, Quebec - Revisited: a fishy tale. Prof. Brian Williams [University of Aberdeen/University College, Dublin]

Lectures at University of Wales Swansea are held in the department of Geography in the Wallace building. We meet on the landing area inside the main entrance to the building for refreshments with lectures in the main lecture theatre.  
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OUGS Oxford - AGM and talks
When
Sat, 27 January, 13:30 – 17:00
Where
South Hinksey Village Hall, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 5AS, UK (map)
Description
Oxford Branch AGM 

Venue: South Hinksey Village Hall, Oxford 

Date: January 27th 2018 (Saturday) 

Type: Branch Annual General Meeting 

Summary: Branch AGM followed by a talk from Philip Powell and Nina Morgan on gravestones. 

More info: Election of new officers for Branch Organiser, Lectures Organiser and Web Manager. 

Meeting starts promptly at 13:30 (1:30pm). At the end of official business, a break for tea and cake!

Followed by a talk by Philip Powell and Nina Morgan on the geology of, and sources of information from, Oxford gravestones. With samples! It promises to be dead interesting! See their website for more fascinating facts: http://www.gravestonegeology.uk/

Afternoon finishes )by 17:00 (5pm)
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Sunday 28th

3D World

The World in 3D

This web page has a zoomable globe which lets you explore the large scale geologic features of planet Earth.


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Prof. Ian Stewart Lecture

Ian Stewart Talks Geological Communication

In this lecture Ian Stewart talks about who he is trying to influence - and its not you! If you are reading this you are a Fan Boy or Girl. 

The link above will give you the full size video.



Sunday, 14 January 2018

Update for Nick Chidlaw's Course

Update for Nick Chidlaw's "Geological Maps Interpretation Course"

Nick has revised the announcement of his forthcoming course.You can see it HERE.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Next week 15th to 21st January 2018


NEXT WEEKS EVENTS
15th to 21st January 2018

The following is an extract from Bristol and West Country Geology Calendars

More details can be found in the Bristol and the West Country Calendars and on the web sites of the relevant Society or organisation.


All Week (except Monday)

10:00
 Bristol City Museum - Pliosaurus!
WhenSun, 13 August 2017 to Sunday 18th February, 2018. 10:00 – 17:00
WhereBristol Museum & Art Gallery (map)
DescriptionTravel back in time 150 million years and dive into Bristol’s Jurassic seas.


  
Monday 15th

19:30
 
Dave Green - The Geology of Norway (and Scandinavia)
When
Mon, 15 January, 19:30 – 21:30
Where
Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester (map)
Description
Scandinavia forms a large part of the ancient continent of Baltica. Although once extensively covered by Phanerozoic rocks, these have been largely eroded apart from those preserved in downfaulted graben (as in the North Sea and Oslo) and upththrust nappes, pushed onto Baltica during the violent collision with Laurentia in the Caledonian Orogeny at the end of the Silurian. Otherwise, Scandinavia is composed of PreCambrian rocks (mainly igneous and metamorphic) accreted to Baltica during its formation, from 3500 to 900 million years ago. The course aims to introduce you to this long and fascinating history. Monday 8th for 10 weeks (not 12h or 19th Feb) until 26th March. Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays . Cost £70
Contact Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858
davegeostudies@gmail.com

19:30
 
Teme Valley Geol Soc - Lecture
When
Mon, 15 January, 19:30 – 21:00
Where
Martley Memorial Hall B4197 by Sports Ground (map)
Description
 Prof. Ian Fairchild - Scotland’s Greatest Ice Age

Contact Janet 07968379330
Cost:- £3/£1  


Tuesday 16th

18:00
 
Geol Soc Western - AGM and Early Careers Award
When
Tue, 16 January, 18:00 – 20:00
Where
S H Reynolds lecture theatre, Bristol University (map)
Description
WRG AGM and Early Career Award


Wednesday 17th




Thursday 18th

19:30
 
Dave Green - Mountain Building
When
Thu, 18 January, 19:30 – 21:30
Where
The Chantry, Thornbury (map)
Description
This 10 week course aims to introduce you to the geological processes that produce mountains, mainly by the study of different examples, both past (e.g. the Caledonian and Variscan belts) and present (e.g. the Alps and Andes). This includes the classic collisional orogenies, such as the Himalayas, Urals and Pyrenees; the accretionary orogenies, such as Taiwan, the Southern Uplands and the Andes; but also mountain ranges produced by very different tectonic forces, such as the East African Highlands, the Cantabrian Range and the Scottish Highlands. Held at The Chantry, Thornbury. First meeting 7.30 – 9.30, Thurs 11th January until March 22nd (not Thurs 15th Feb) in the ?TBA Room.Cost £75
February 2018

Contact Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858
davegeostudies@gmail.com



Friday 19th




Saturday 20th

10:00
 
OUGS Severnside - AGM
When
Sat, 20 January, 10:00 – 14:30
Where
National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP (map)
Description


Severnside Branch AGM

Leader: Norman Nimmo-Smith

Venue: National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

Date: January 20th 2018 (Saturday)

Branch Annual General Meeting

Doors open at 10 am, and the AGM itself will start at 11 am. There will also be two talks by Curators at the Museum. 


Sunday 21st





Friday, 12 January 2018

Beginners guide to debris flows

Debris Flows - a Classic Article

There has been a lot about mud slides and debris flows in California lately.

HERE is a wonderful essay from the New Yorker, written in 1988 by John McPhee, about the subject. It is over 15,000 words long but is a wonderful bit of intelligent reportage. 

I recommend reading it with Google Maps open and searching all the road names. Open street view and look around. 

If a place is beautiful all the time and dangerous part of the time is it still a good place to live?

A Californian home hit by a mudslide - 2018

Dinosaur death speculation - again

Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs?!

In this podcast a physicist from Harvard, Lisa Randall, speculates whether the solar system, as it oscillates around the centre of the galaxy, passed through a plane of dark matter which may be on the plane of the galaxy. The resulting disturbances of gravity may have destabilized bodies in the Oort cloud resulting in increased earth impacts, including that which saw off the dinosaurs. 

Great speculation hindered, or perhaps encouraged, by the fact that we know virtually nothing about the properties of dark matter. You can find more about the theory in her book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.

This is last years news but I have only just became aware of it and it was too good to pass by.