Friday, 29 March 2013

April 4th - Fracking & April 6th - Westbury White Horse & Seend Ironstone

Reminder of two forthcoming Bath Geological Society events:-
April 4th - Shale Gas and Fracking by Roy Hartley
Shale gas and fracking have appeared regularly in the news in the UK in the last two years. Two extreme views are portrayed - one that development of the UK's shale gas will make the country self sufficient with all the economic benefits that implies - the other is that fracking will pollute our water sources, increase greenhouse gas emissions and have other detrimental effects. This view was first highlighted in the film Gaslands premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Then in 2011 fracking hit the headlines in the UK when the Cuadrilla company's operations near Blackpool were judged to have caused two very small earthquakes (magnitudes 2.3 and 1.5).
BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, Bath 7.30 p.m. Everyone welcome, visitors £4, free refreshments.

April 6th - Westbury White Horse and Seend Ironstone, led by Isobel Geddes, Wiltshire Geology Group
Morning walk looking at geology in the landscape & former cement industry around Westbury White Horse, including Bratton springs (just over 3 miles).
Meet at 10.30 a.m. at the west end of the car park above Westbury White Horse ST 898 512
After a lunch break (approx 1-2pm), we will a look at past industry around Seend in the afternoon, seeing the Seend ironstone SSSI, remnant of a local iron industry, and the Seend Cleeve sandstone SSSI, where there are Corallian fossils, finally taking a look at  building stone in the village. (another 3.5 miles). 
Meet at 2 p.m. at The Barge Inn car park ST 932 613 by the Kennet & Avon canal.

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