Saturday, 26 May 2018

28th May to 3rd June 2018

NEXT WEEKS EVENTS
28th May to 3rd June 2018
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Friday, 25 May 2018

We are lucky to have birds!

The K-Pg Event Almost Killed the Birds

In this article a researcher from Bath University says that only a small number of ancestral bird species survived the asteroid impact that did for the dinosaurs.

All the tree living ones died; probably because all the trees were destroyed! Only five bird lineages survived and they were all ground dwellers.  There is a lot more in the original paper, but this is far from my (limited) areas of expertise so I will leave criticism of the evidence to others.

The tinamous is one of the most similar living birds to those that survived the K-Pg. Daniel J Field, Author provided

Saturday, 19 May 2018

21st to 27th May 2018

NEXT WEEKS EVENTS
21st TO 27TH MAY 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.

MONDAY 21st

Dave Green - Planetary Geology
When
Mon, 21 May, 19:30 – 21:30
Description
Planetary Geology. Monday 16th April, for 10 weeks, until 9th July (not 7th nor 28th May). The state of knowledge of the planets of the solar system has improved vastly in the past 40 years as a result of space missions and improved technology for observation and analysis. The course will examine the results of this activity and evidence for these interpretations in terms of the internal structure, magnetism and geophysics of these bodies; their tectonics and volcanism, the effects of impacting bodies, and the surface conditions –atmospheres, oceans, sedimentary features and biology. Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70.

Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858


Tuesday 22nd



Wednesday 23rd

Lecture - Quarrying Bath Stone
When
Wed, 23 May, 19:30 – 21:00
Where
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN, UK (map)
Description
See Details HERE

Thursday 24th



Friday 25th

Dave Green, Field Course: The Geology of Western Norway
When
25 May – 4 Jun 2018
Where
Western Norway (map)
Description
Field Course: The Geology of Western Norway Dates will be for a week to 10 days around a period from May 25th to June 4th. At this stage I envisage a two, or three base trip, including the Nordfjord, Trondhjeim and Lofoten areas, to study basement of Archaean and Proterozoic age, the trans-Scandinavian intrusive belt, Caledonian nappes, mineralisation and of course, glaciers and the fantastic fjord scenery.

Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858


Saturday 26th

OUGS Severnside - Field Meeting
When
26 – 27 May 2018
Description
North Wales Weekend 

Leader: Tom Cotterell 

Date: May 26th–27th, 2018 

Type: Weekend Trip 

Summary: A trip to examine the minerals of North Wales, led by the senior curator of mineralogy at the National Museum of Wales.


Click here for contact info and additional details  

Sunday 27th




Thursday, 17 May 2018

Down to Earth Extra - June

Down to Earth Extra - June

You can get the latest Down to Earth Extra HERE.

Or you can read it on this page.



Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Archaeopteryx yet again

Archaeopteryx Studies (Continued)

The question on everyone's lips - "was Archaeopteryx capable of flying" - has been answered positively; at least to the satisfaction of the authors of THIS PAPER.

More accessible versions can be found HERE and HERE. Because Archaeopteryx fossils are so precious, non-destructive methods have to be used and the latest is the European synchroton in Grenoble. There, researchers found Archaeopteryx bones most resembled those of pheasants - birds that occasionally use active flight to cross barriers or dodge predators.

There is a lot more about it in the papers, especially the Nature one. I will leave you to read them all at your leisure.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Information on Kilauea eruptions

Information on Kilauea eruptions

Information can be difficult to get about the current volcanic activity on the Big Island in Hawaii. THIS ARTICLE has a good introduction to the activity and has lots of links to a multitude of information. I especially liked THIS one. Click on the photos to get the BIG picture!


Healing crystals

Tempted to get "Healing Crystals"? - Read This

I got my geology degree from Aberdeen when Professor T. C. Phemister was in charge and therefore I had four years of mineralogy and crystallography. 

I don't think the health giving properties of crystals were mentioned once. 

We were told to keep the asbestos in its glass box and not to lick our fingers when we were looking at arsenic. Not a great deal more on the health front.

But now you are probably aware that many crystalline substances are sold for their healing properties. HOW they heal is never mentioned.

I you are tempted to buy, read this article first. It discusses the ecological damage their mining causes and also the exploitation of miners and child miners. This does not appear on the sales pitch. 

There are many good reasons to look at crystals. I don't think health is high on the list.

A miner holding an amethyst crystal in Ametista do Sul, Brazil. Photo by Caio Guatelli.

Rockwatch programme

Rockwatch Programme, Summer 2018

Here is the Rockwatch Programme for this summer. Several of them are in our area and these have been entered in the calendars - HERE and HERE.


Rockwatch Fieldtrips coming up.  All of them can be booked through the website:  www.rockwatch.org.uk


Etches Collection Museum and Kimmeridge field trip, Dorset BH20 5PE
Saturday 16 June

Private tour and workshop at this new immersive museum of locally found fossils plus a beach visit giving you an opportunity to find your own fossils!  Go back to a time before humans existed, before our planet was formed as we know it today and a time when parts of Dorset were under the sea.  Visit the Exhibition Gallery and experience a laboratory of the senses as you are taken on an immersive journey through life underwater in the tropical seas of Kimmeridge 150 million years ago, surrounded by wonderful, if not weird creatures, some of which have long vanished from the face of our Earth.  Book through the website

‘Changing times, changing environments’ - Explore the Yorkshire Coast with Paul Hildreth, Mick Oates and Susan Brown on Sunday 24 June.  10.30 -4.30 

A visit two geological sites - Burniston Wyke on the coast in the morning and Betton Farm, an inland site and of younger age rocks, in the afternoon.  The Jurassic rocks at Burniston represent an environment of forested delta flats and meandering river channels where giant reptiles roamed and we hope to find evidence of these.  We’ll also show you how to calculate the size of the animals.  At Betton Farm Quarry we’ll see younger Jurassic rocks and look for evidence of their depositional environment, different from those at Burniston Wyke.  At Betton we’ll see evidence of warm tropical seas and coral reefs with their fossil assemblages.  Book through the website.  Age 7+

South Wales Annual Weekend in Pembrokeshire Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 July

This year we will be exploring the stunning Pembrokeshire coast.  We will be investigating the spectacular geology, scenery and building stones of the St David’s Peninsula which includes sedimentary and igneous rocks (Precambrian – Ordovician) and Quaternary landforms and deposits which give an important insight into ‘climate change’.  There will be walks along the local coastal footpath as far as Porthliskey and a look at the north coast of the peninsula.  Suitable for 10 year olds and above as there is a fair amount of walking to do!   Book through the website

Rockwatch fieldtrip to the Island of Eigg (NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT YOU CAN GO ON THE WAITING LIST)23rd – 27th July (10.15 ferry from Mallaig so you must be there for night of 22nd)

A fabulous opportunity to explore Eigg with its interesting sedimentary and volcanic rocks.  Beneath the volcanic rocks are older sedimentary rocks from the Jurassic Period with plenty of fossils including shells and plant remains.  Plesiosaur bones were discovered, by a famous geologist called Hugh Miller in 1844, and if you go to the right place it is still possible to find bits of plesiosaur today.  This trip involves 4 nights on Eigg, where we have taken over Glebe Barn hostel and 1 night near the ferry which you must book yourself.  The trip is flexible and informal, so time to explore all of the island, spend time on beautiful sandy beaches and climb An Sgùrr.  Further info about Eigg is available at www.isleofeigg.org.  The cost of the trip is yet to be confirmed but email if you are interested to hello@rockwatch.org.uk  Places limited.  Over 7s only

16th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip – to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East Devon Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August 

Join the team with Susan, Aerona, Alan, Sam, Simon, Richard and Mike for a week exploring quarries on the Isles of Purbeck and Portland.  Hear about the smugglers’ tales along these cliffs and see where they hid their booty!  Explore beaches and cliff tops, find fossils and dinosaur footprints and maybe do some rock carving and find a few caves to explore along the way.  You’ll be investigating the geology of Weymouth and going over to Portland where you can see extraordinary sweep of Chesil Beach – and possibly finding some dinosaur footprints!  
Your accommodation during the week will be the Leeson House Field Study Centre in Langton Maltravers outside Swanage which is comfortable, spacious and with grounds to have a run around.  The cost of the trip includes all your food during the stay and transport during the whole visit.  If you arrive by train you will be met at the station – luxury!
Adults (aged from 18 up): £320.00
First child (up to 17 years inclusive): £225.00
Second child: £145.00
If you would like to go on this residential fieldtrip either email the Rockwatch office:  hello@rockwatch.org.uk  and ask for a booking form or book a place on line. 
www.rockwatc.org.uk (I think they mean www.rockwatch.org.uk)

Ware Museum, The Priory, High St, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9AL
Tuesday 14 August 11.00 – 3.00 - www.waremuseum.org.uk   01920 487848

Rockwatch will be joining a ‘drop in’ activities day at this delightful local museum.  Come along and make a Jurassic diorama, handle fossils, paint plaster fossils – bring your own rocks and fossils to be identified  and have a go at other geo-crafts!  Free event for Rockwatch members. £2.50 per individual for non members. No booking required.  

Explore the Runswick Bay on the Yorkshire CoastTuesday 28  August   11.00 – 4.00

Rockwatch is joining Will Watts and the Hidden Horizons team for a fossil hunting trip along Runswick Bay.  You should be able to find a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic, around 160 million years ago. Suitable for all the family as the access is very easy.  Booking essential  through www.hiddenhorizons.eventbrite.co.uk  Use the promotional code ‘Rockwatch’ on 28 August trip to unlock the special price of £2.50 ticket.  All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

14th to 20th May 2018

NEXT WEEKS EVENTS
14th to 20th May 2018
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MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND IN THE BRISTOL AND THE WEST COUNTRY CALENDARS AND ON THE WEB SITES OF THE RELEVANT SOCIETY OR ORGANISATION.

MONDAY 14TH

19:30
 
Dave Green - Planetary Geology
When
Mon, 14 May, 19:30 – 21:30
Description
Planetary Geology. Monday 16th April, for 10 weeks, until 9th July (not 7th nor 28th May). The state of knowledge of the planets of the solar system has improved vastly in the past 40 years as a result of space missions and improved technology for observation and analysis. The course will examine the results of this activity and evidence for these interpretations in terms of the internal structure, magnetism and geophysics of these bodies; their tectonics and volcanism, the effects of impacting bodies, and the surface conditions –atmospheres, oceans, sedimentary features and biology. Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70.

Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858

davegeostudies@gmail.com


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WEDNESDAY 16TH


Thursday 17Th

19:00
 
Thornbury Geology Group, 7.30pm, The Chantry, Thornbury
When
Thu, 17 May, 19:00 – 21:30
Description
Thornbury Geology Group, 7.30pm at The Chantry, Thornbury, and every 3rd Thursday in the month. 

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Saturday 19th


Sunday 20th

South Wales GA - Field Meeting
When
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Description
The Tortworth Inlier, Gloucestershire. (Dave Green)

Landslide Mobility!

Video Demonstrating Landslide Mobility

I came across this web page and found it very interesting. Especially the accompanying video which you can see if you click the link.  Its on Facebook and I cannot find a way of embedding it in the blog.

But well worth looking at.



Monday, 7 May 2018

Bath Lecture

Lecture About Quarrying Bath Stone

A source put this on Facebook and it looks rather interesting.

Can you find up?

Geological Skills Test - Which way is UP?

HERE is a test for you! Don't scroll down the page until you have reached your decision.

Click on the "Fullscreen" button (the two diverging arrows) on the black band at the top of the photo and it will become full screen and you can zoom in and out with the + and - at the bottom right, or use your mouses scroll wheel. Press "Escape" to return to the previous page.

Your task is to decide if the rock sample is younging to the left or right.

Once you have decided, return to the previous page and scroll down to find teachers answer. And you can go fullscreen to check whether you agree with teacher!


Saturday, 5 May 2018

Celestine Mining

Celestine Mining in South Gloucestershire



7th to 13th May 2018

NEXT WEEKS EVENTS
7tH TO 13TH MAY 2018

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT FROM BRISTOL AND WEST COUNTRY GEOLOGY CALENDARS

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Tuesday 8th


Wednesday 9th

Celestine Mining in South Gloucestershire
When
Wed, 9 May, 19:30 – 21:00
Where
Room 2Q50/51, Faculty of Environment & Technology University of West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY (map)
Description

Synopsis: Celestine (Strontium Sulphate) is a crystalline evaporite mineral that although having few uses in itself has historically been the main source of strontium for producing other more useful minerals. For over 100 years nearly all of the global extraction of this mineral came from a small area north of Bristol UK. This talk looks at the early history of the mineral from its discovery and identification, through its early uses, to the commercial working of the mineral in this country until it finally ceased in the 1990s.

Directions: The University is easy to reach being situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. There are also
excellent train and coach connections. See also http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/howtofindus.aspx
Parking: Use the North Entrance to access car parks. The “Visitor Parkin” is the nearest to Q block and is

free after 5:00pm (NB - Use BS34 8QZ for your sat nav).

Full details HERE

Thursday 10th


GeoWeek - Tour of Batts Combe Quarry
When
Thu, 10 May, 10:00 – 12:00
Where
Meet at Batts Combe Quarry office car park, Warrens Hill, Cheddar (map)
Description

Free Events in the Mendips for Geo Week 2018


Event name        Batts Combe Quarry Tour - a Limestone Legacy


Event activity details

Join the Mendip Rocks team and Hanson UK for an extensive tour of 
an operating Mendip Limestone Quarry. This quarry is noted for its 
purer Burrington Oolite Limestones, which has industrial uses such 
as agriculture, animal feeds and industrial fillers. Most of the tour will
be by minibus, with a small amount of walking on uneven ground. 
Tour will be for two hours - 10am until 12noon, covering quarry
operations and geology of the quarry. Safety gear provided on site.

Meet at Batts Combe Quarry office car park, Warrens Hill, Cheddar.

Must wear wellies or walking boots/long sleeves, no shorts.

Booking Essential as limited places: call Dr Gill Odolphie on
01749 840156 or gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk

Event details Free, Walking boots & wet weather gear, Uneven surfaces/public footpaths

Date                        Thursday 10 May 2018

Start time              10:00 am – 12 noon

Type of event        Guided Field Trip

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Saturday 12th


Sunday 13th


OU Geol Soc Wessex - Excursion
When
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Where
Durdle Cove, Dorset (map)
Description
The Chalk of Durdle Cove, Dorset


'THE' Chalk expert will be explaining the geology of Durdle Cove with an emphasis on the chalk.


Professor Rory Mortimore is a well known figure in the geological world of chalk.  We are lucky to have such an eminent figure to lead one of our trips again.  This is not to be missed.

Contact Jeremy Cranmer
wessexdaytrips@ougs.org
tel.  01305 267133
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GeoWeek - Mendip Mountain building
When
Sun, 13 May, 14:00 – 16:00
Where
Meet at 2.00 pm at Deer Leap car park (ST 5190 4927; BA5 1EL) (map)
Description
Mendip mountain building on your doorstep –The Deer Leap/EbborGorge Experience

Join Doug Robinson and Chris King to explore the remarkable geological and historical stories of the Mendip Deer Leap/Ebor Gorge area. It is a story of idyllic tropical seas that were eventually invaded by large river deltas. Then, when the area lay astride the equator, enormous forces bent and broke these rocks to form the Mendip mountains. How warm were the seas? What caused the mountain building and how high were the mountains? We will not only discuss these questions, but will also ask, did the makers of the standing stones, the mediaeval farmers and the local coal miners in the 1800s really know what they were doing? 

Meet at 2.00 pm at Deer Leap car park (ST 5190 4927; BA5 1EL)  We need to limit numbers for safety reasons, so please email Chris to book a place .

Booking Essential: chrisjhking36@gmail.com. 



Event details                         Free, Walking boots & wet weather gear, Uneven surfaces/public footpaths


Date                                        Sunday 13 May 2018 2:00 p.m.

Start time                            14:00 – 17.00

Type of event                        Guided Field Trip

The Geological Column

An Essay on the Geological Column

This article discusses the geological column and is a useful and well written appraisal of the column. It mentions some of the many changes that have been made and the means used to determine where the boundaries are. Well worth reading!


Monday, 30 April 2018

It all started with pebbles

Forget Planetesimals, Think Pebbles

This article in The Atlantic magazine describes how theories on planet formation are moving away from the merging of planetesimals to the accretion of pebbles. Apparently this explains why Uranus and Neptune are ice giants while Jupiter and Saturn are gas giants.

My qualifications are rather absent in this subject, so read the article and come to your own conclusions.

An artist's rendition of a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk

Down to Earth Extra - May

Down to Earth Extra - May

You can download this from HERE. Or read it on this page below.



Saturday, 28 April 2018

30th April to 6th May 2018

NEXT WEEKS EVents
30th April to 6th may 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.

Monday 30th

Dave Green - Planetary Geology
When
Mon, 30 April, 19:30 – 21:30
Description
Planetary Geology. Monday 16th April, for 10 weeks, until 9th July (not 7th nor 28th May). The state of knowledge of the planets of the solar system has improved vastly in the past 40 years as a result of space missions and improved technology for observation and analysis. The course will examine the results of this activity and evidence for these interpretations in terms of the internal structure, magnetism and geophysics of these bodies; their tectonics and volcanism, the effects of impacting bodies, and the surface conditions –atmospheres, oceans, sedimentary features and biology. Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70.

Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858

davegeostudies@gmail.com


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Wednesday 2nd




Thursday 3rd

Bath Geol Soc - Lecture
When
Thu, 3 May, 19:30 – 21:00
Where
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square, Bath (map)
Description
'Unlocking the Archive': Antarctic Peninsula Glacial change
Dr Lucy Clarke, University of Gloucestershire
The Antarctic Peninsula is a mountain glacier system comprised of over 400 glaciers, and is an important contributor to historical and future sea level rise. Assessment and monitoring of Antarctic Peninsula glaciers is crucial for understanding sensitivity to climate change. Changes to glacier fronts and ice shelves and glacier acceleration are well documented, but there are almost no data on mass changes on the Antarctic Peninsula. Satellite data have been used to calculate change over the last 3 decades, but methods to quantify this over longer timescales have eluded researchers. However, there is an archive of aerial photography dating back to the 1940s, this has been largely ignored due to the range of technical problems associated with deriving quantitative data from historic imagery and the lack of ground control data. This talk will introduce some of the early expeditions that collected aerial photography of the Antarctic Peninsula and then demonstrate how advances in image processing and capture of modern aerial photography has allowed this archive to be ’unlocked’. The spatial and temporal changes that have occurred on the glaciers over the period of record will then be explored.


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Saturday 5th

OUGS Oxford - Field Meeting, Hawaii
When
5 – 18 May 2018
Where
Hawaii (map)
Description
How About Hawaii 2018? 

Leader: Prof. Dave Rothery 

Date: May 5th–18th, 2018 

Type: Longer Trip 

Summary: Visit to the world-famous geological sites of the Hawaiian Islands led by the OU’s Professor of Planetary Geosciences and Number-One Volcanologist. 

More info:
This is an outline proposal for a trip to Hawaii in May 2018. The programme and provisional costings are provided to enable members to contact Oxford Branch to register serious interest in joining this trip. As you will appreciate, costings to individual participants are very much dependent on numbers. We are planning the trip to cater for up to a maximum of 18 participants. If numbers are less than this, costs to individuals for their share of the onsite costs start to rise until the trip is no longer viable. This is an excellent opportunity to visit the world-renowned site. Transport will be provided by minibus across the islands and to and from the localities. There will be some hikes of up to two hours, mostly on trails to take in the interesting bits, but many stops will be roadside. If, after reviewing the provisional programme, you are interested in joining, please contact Sally Munnings as soon as possible to help us gauge the level of interest in the trip.

The trip starts and finishes in Honolulu and participants will be responsible for making their travel arrangements to get there and back. The current estimated cost to each individual on a shared room basis is £2900. If you do not wish to share please discuss as single occupancy costs will be around £4000. This includes all accommodation, internal flights, minibus hire and leaders' costs. It excludes all travel costs between UK and Honolulu, flights currently estimated at about £850 return; and food for the 14 days.

Dave has uploaded a couple of YouTube videos, one of a trek across Kilauea Iki crater (rather wind-noisy): https://youtu.be/UR5rtgve0jw and one of a visit to Diamond head with the last OUGS trip in 2014: https://youtu.be/Af8HLNRdQLE

Provisional Itinerary – May 2018

Sat 5 May: Arrive Honolulu around 21:00. Transfer will be arranged from airport to hotel (Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel or similar).
Sun 6 May: Collect minivans 10:00. Easy drive or walk tour to Diamond Head (led by DAR). Evening: Introductory Lecture at University of Hawaii (by Pete Mouginis-Mark). [Stay at Waikiki]
Mon 7 May: Honolulu Volcanic series (including Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Koko and Makapu'u). [Stay Waikiki]
Tue 8 May: Waianai (west Oahu) [Stay at Waikiki]
Wed 9 May: Drop off minivans 09:00. Morning flight to Hilo (Big Island) Stay in Hilo. Optional helicopter overflights of Kilauea. [Stay at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel or similar]
Thu 10 May: Kilauea NE rift zone. Kapoho, tree moulds [Stay at Hilo]
Fri 11 May: Kilauea summit - Kilauea Iki (hike), Thurston lava tube [Stay at KMC ‘Kilauea Military Camp']
Sat 12 May: Halemaumau, Chain of craters road, Devil's throat, Mauna Ulu (hike) [Stay at KMC]
Sun 13 May: Time on the new lava at end of Chain of Craters road (depends on current activity) [Stay at KMC]
Mon 14 May: Saddle road. Side trips for geology and visit to Mauna Kea visitors centre. [Stay Kona]
Tue 15 May: Morning flight to Lihu'e (on Kaua'i) There are rare direct flights (58 mins), others requiring a change in Honolulu (2 hrs). Settle in, take it easy? [stay Lihu'e/Kapaa]
Wed 16 May: Explore Kaua'i, including Highway 550 (Waimea Canyon Drive) to the interior [stay Libu'e/Kapaa]
Thu 17 May: Take it easy/explore. Afternoon transfer to Honolulu ready for homeward flight tomorrow. Stay Honolulu/Waikiki.
Fri 18 May: Morning flight from Honolulu - LA - UK, take off 07:20 (arrive next day). Or follow own alternative personal arrangements.
To express serious interest in joining this trip please contact Oxford Branch organiser Sally Munnings.                                     Post: 79 Kingsley Close, Shaw, NEWBURY, Berkshire, RG14 2EB
Once we have sufficient interest for a viable trip we will request a non-returnable deposit of £700 to guarantee flights and hotel bookings.

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GeoWeek - Building Stones of Wells
When
Sat, 5 May, 11:30 – 13:30
Where
Outside the front of the Wells and Mendip Museum at 11.30 am (map)
Description

Free Events in the Mendips for Geo Week 2018

A story in stone – the building stone heritage of the city of Wells

Event activity details


Join Doug Robinson and Chris King to visit some buildings displaying the wonderful building stones of Wells, all from the immediate Mendip AONB on the city’s doorstep. These building stones tell amazing geological stories of the region’s 200 million year journey from the southern tropics across the equator into northern latitudes. A journey through tropical climates, deserts, shallow seas, mountainous terrain and flash floods before being invaded by Jurassic seas. We will begin our free-of-charge GeoWeek walk meeting outside the front of the Wells and Mendip Museum at 11.30 am on Saturday 5th May and will continue until around 1.30 – but you are welcome to drop in and drop out of the tour during that time. We need to limit numbers for safety reasons, so please email Chris to book a place (chrisjhking36@gmail.com). 

Event details             Free, Easy walking on pavement, No special clothing required
Date                            Saturday 5 May 2018 
Start time                  11:30am – 13.30 
Type of event           Guided fieldtrip
Contact to book       chrisjhking36@gmail.com


Sunday 6th