Saturday, 16 June 2018

18th to 24th June 2018

18TH TO 24TH JUNE 2018



Dave Green - Planetary Geology
Mon, 18 June, 19:30 – 21:30
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 19th

Geol Soc Western - Meeting
Tue, 19 June, 18:00 – 21:00
The Hub, 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RZ (map)

WRG June 2018 Waste Management of Brownfield Sites
Joint presentation between EPUK and WRG
This presentation looks at the practical options for reusing and/or disposing of contaminated and uncontaminated soils. It covers what is and isn’t defined as a waste soil and examines the options for re-using or disposing of soils. This includes defining what is and isn’t a waste soil, and the mechanisms in place for re-use such as waste exemptions, the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice and other options such as re-use as a restoration or recovery operation. Costs for both disposal and reuse are presented and examples are drawn from both large and small developments. 

EPUK is a national charity that provides expert policy analysis and information on air quality, land quality, waste and noise. We aim to promote integrated policies and practices that encourage the use and reuse of land in a way that protects human health and the environment.

Venue: The Hub, 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4RZ

Open to everyone. Booking not required.

Dave green, Field Course - Geology and Landscape in Gloucestershire
Tue, 19 June, 19:00 – 21:00
Meet at the car park for the picnic site at Coaley Peak GR SO 794014 (map)
19th June Malmesbury to the Marlborough Downs
Much younger rocks, gently tilted from the horizontal, producing the “scarp-vale” scenery so typical of southern England. A traverse across a number of these features looking at the variations in scenery and rock types, starting on the Cotswold limestone dip slope and ending up on the Upper Chalk at a superb viewpoint .
Meet at the car park of the pub The Somerford Arms, in Little Somerford GR ST 969 845 (just off the B 4042 from Malmesbury to Wootton Bassett). If the car park is full, there is plenty of on-street parking nearby.

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

SMFS Evening Meeting
Tue, 19 June, 19:30 – 22:00
The Friends' Meeting House, 1A, Ordnance Rd, Southampton. SO15 2AZ (map)
Sophie the Stegosaurus. Presentation by Dr Susannah Maidment.
Members’ Display Table: Minerals & fossils from North America.

Wednesday 20th

Thursday 21st

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

Friday 22nd

Bristol Nats - Geology of Tyntesfield
Fri, 22 June, 10:30 – 12:30
Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the top North West corner of the car park ST 499 716 (map)
Friday 22nd June, 10.30 a.m.:  The Geology of the Tyntesfield Estate, Wraxall, North Somerset.
Leader: Richard Kefford.
The purpose of this Field meeting is to examine the rocks of the Pembroke Limestone Group (Carboniferous Limestone) and the Mercia Mudstone Marginal Facies (Dolomitic Conglomerate) Brechia exposed in various small quarries on the wider Tyntesfield Estate.

Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the top North West corner of the car park ST 499 716. The entrance road to the estate is signposted on the south side of the B3128 about a mile past Failand.

Members of National Trust please bring membership cards for the car park and entry to the grounds. There are charges payable by non National Trust Members. The route will be outside in the grounds, no access will be sought to the house. The meeting will conclude in time for lunch, which may be had at the National Trust restaurant. Please let the Secretary know if you wish to attend.

OUGS Wessex - Excursion, Geology of the North Norfolk Coast
22 – 23 Jun 2018
Sheringham NR26, UK (map)

Leader: Dr Fiona Hyden
Two places are now available due to an unexpected cancellation. Please contact the organiser for details.  Please act soon. When they are gone - they are gone. 

North Norfolk has many 'text book' locations to explore. The surface deposits and underlying solid rock on the Norfolk coast reveal part of the history of glacial and interglacial processes during the last 2.6 million years and oceanic and biogenic processes during the mid Cretaceous.

The trip itinerary includes the coastal cliffs at Overstrand, West Runton and Hunstanton. The accommodation is in the modern, well-appointed Sheringham Youth Hostel in twin or double rooms. The price will be between £120 and £150, depending on final numbers. More details on geology and accommodation in the application form.

Saturday 23rd

Nick Chidlaw - Field Geology & Opencast Mining of Coal in South Wales
23 – 24 Jun 2018
Places in South Wales - TBC (map)

June/July – Field Geology of the Late Carboniferous Coal Measures strata in south Wales
Lifelong Learning 4 day course:
Field Geology & Opencast Mining of Coal in South Wales
Two weekends in late June / earliest July: 23rd / 24th and 30th / 1st July
10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day. 
This course visits impressive locations, both natural and man-made. We study natural exposures and former quarries in river gorges, large-scale working opencasts, a working sandstone quarry, and a disused opencast site. The course enables examination of much of the full stratigraphic extent of the Coal Measures in the main south Wales coalfield, and an appreciation of their deformation (including thrust faulting) during the Variscan Orogeny.
The attached picture shows Margam Opencast (east of Swansea) during the 2000’s. It gives an idea of the scale of these opencast operations and the opportunities they provide to study and collect from strata little-exposed elsewhere.    
Please note you will need to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements (tutor will advise), with meeting times and places to be confirmed.
The course is organised through Cardiff University. It carries assessment, which is very difficult to fail! Attendees usually find assessment on these courses useful for consolidating what they have learned.
Tuition fee is  £165.00 (concessionary fee is available £132.00)
Enrolments can be made by phoning 029  2087  0000 or see website 
For more information on the course content, contact the tutor Nick Chidlaw 
Bath Geol Soc - field trip
Sat, 23 June, 10:30 – 16:00
Lambourne and Avebury (map)
Bath Geological Society Field Meeting.
Saturday, June 23rd
Lambourne and Avebury
Leader: Isobel Geddes, Wiltshire Geology Group
This trip will examine the sarsen stones and landscape in the region of Fyfield Down.
Meet at 10 AM in the walkers car park up the lane on the north side of the A4 (signed 'Manton' or 'Manton House') just west of Marlborough: Grid ref. 159 700.
We will do a three-hour circular walk of about 5 miles around Fyfield Down looking at sarsen stones, including Clatford Bottom and the Stone Age axe-polishing stone known as 'the polissoir'. 

After a lunch break we will meet in Avebury outside the Red Lion Inn at 2:30 PM and spend an hour or two looking around Avebury and it's building stones. The estimated finish time will be 4 PM.

There is a National trust car park in Avebury (pay & display for non-members) and as well as the pub there is a cage by the tithe barn, so plenty of choice for refreshments.

Sunday 24th

OUGS OXFORD - Headington Municipal Cemetery Headstones
Sun, 24 June, 14:30 – 16:00
Headington Municipal Cemetery (map)
Guided lithological tour around the gravestones in the cemetery.

Leaders: Nina Morgan and Philip Powell

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