Tuesday, 12 February 2013

19th February - Atacama Desert vs Andes?

The Western Regional Group is pleased to invite you to our evening lecture – 'Did the Atacama desert create the Andean mountain chain?' by Laura Evenstar of Bristol University. The talk will be preceded by the Western Regional Group’s AGM.
The Atacama vs. the Andes: The driest desert in the world has long been held as the prime example of the rainshadow effect from a mountain range, but is it? New evidence suggests that not only is the desert not created by the mountains but that the desert created the mountains.
Refreshments will be available from 6.00 p.m. followed by the evening lecture commencing at 6.30 p.m. The event is open to non-fellows, so please feel free to invite your colleagues or friends.
S H Reynolds Lecture Theatre (Room G25), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ

Photo Competition
We would like to remind all members about our Photo Competition -  We are still looking for more entries, especially as we are rapidly approaching the deadline of Friday 1st March.  The winner will receive two places on a field trip, with lunch included, along with the honour of seeing their photography used for our presentation banners!
Please send entries by email

Early Career Geologist Award
Again, we would like to remind all members about the Early Career Geologist award. The deadline for receiving is this coming Friday 15th February!  The competition is open to Fellows of the society, living or working in the region, who have a maximum of 10 years experience.  Please do send us an abstract as soon as possible to be in with a chance of winning the local competition and advancing towards the national finals in April.
Please send entries by email

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