Saturday, 23 June 2018

25th June to 1st July 2018

25TH June TO 1st JUly 2018



Dave Green - Planetary Geology
Mon, 25 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 26th

Dave green, Field Course - Geology and Landscape in Gloucestershire
Tue, 26 June, 19:00 – 21:00
Meet at the car park for the picnic site at Coaley Peak GR SO 794014 (map)
26th June English Bicknor, Rosemary Topping and the River Wye
Lying on the south facing slopes eroded into the Forest of Dean plateau by the River Wye and its tributaries, English Bicknor displays a microcosm of the geology of the western side of the Forest downfold, from Devonian Old Red Sandstone up to the Upper Carboniferous Coal Measures, each unit producing different topography, land use (mining, quarrying, forestry,agriculture) and character. The river, however, ignores these divisions, having been superimposed from the plateau surface 0.5 million years ago?
Meet in the car park behind the village hall GR SO 579 151, from where we will walk a roughly circular route of about 4km, with some short but steep hills.

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

Wednesday 27th

Thursday 28th

WEGA to Seaton
Thu, 28 June, 15:00 – 16:00
This is a visit to Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre on Thurs 28 June 2018.  The event starts at Seaton Jurassic (parking adjacent) at 10.15 (2 hour drive from Bristol) with a guided tour of the exhibit.  After an hour or so, we will have coffee/tea in their meeting room and be joined by Jurassic Coast Ambassador Mike Green. He and I will give a talk about the geology of the Jurassic Coast.  

At c.12.30, we can walk a half-mile onto the sea front promenade and cliff-top gardens.  There is a geology trail here and a good viewpoint – and a place to have a packed lunch.  There are also places to buy ice-creams.  Then we walk along the prom’ a bit more, look at some greensand fossiliferous boulders on the beach (maybe) via Triassic red cliffs  up some steps (a faultline) alongside the Cretaceous and then a gently rising path towards Beer.  We can either descend to Beer and/or turn back.  But Beer is worth the effort to see the massive chalk cliffs.  The whole round trip is 3-4 miles. 

We will aim to be back at the carpark for a 4pm departure.  Back in Bristol c.6pm.
The guided tour and coffee/biscuits will be £10 per head.

Friday 29th

Saturday 30th

Nick Chidlaw - Field Geology & Opencast Mining of Coal in South Wales
30 Jun – 1 Jul 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 

Teme Valley Geological Society - Excursion
Saturday, 30 Jun 2018
Mr Banks house, Hergest Ridge (map)
The museum and surrounds of Mr Banks house, Hergest Ridge, Murchison was based there and there are many artifacts and exposures of interest, run by Woolhope

 Sue Olver 01432 761693 

Sunday 1st

OU Geol Soc Wessex - Excursion
Sunday, 1 Jul 2018
Valley of the Stones, Dorset (map)
Valley of the Stones, Dorset

One of Dorset's National Nature Reserves with ancient mining and signs of prehistoric and Roman habitation, it is nestled in the pretty limestone valley.

Kelvin Huff taught geography and geology in Sussex and Dorset for nearly 40 years. He is now retired, spending his time on a range of interests, including geology of course! He is the Secretary of both the DGAG and DIGS groups
We shall start by studying the geomorphology and geology of the Valley of the Stones. The walking distance is about 1 mile.
We shall then travel by car to the second location.  From here it is about a 5-mile circular walk over grassland with some stiles.  To examine the chalk downland landscape of the area around Compton Valence, including the Jurassic inlier and features of archaeological interest.  new shall visit the site of a Roman reservoir and aqueduct that supplied water to the town of Dorchester about  11 kilometres away.
The total walking distance for the day is about six miles.

Leader Kelvin Huff

Contact Jeremy Cranmer
tel.  01305 267133

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