Friday, 23 August 2019

New Nick Chidlaw Course - South Shropshire

SOUTH SHROPSHIRE OCTOBER 2019

Nick Chidlaw has sent me the following:-


October 2019 – South Shropshire, Welsh Borderland
Lifelong Learning 4 day course
Field Geology in South Shropshire (Part 1) 
Tutor: Dr Nick Chidlaw
Saturday 19th - Tuesday 22nd October 2019
10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day
In this tract of the Welsh Borderland is found some of its most attractive scenery and varied geology. Part 1 looks at rocks of Precambrian – Ordovician age. These include e.g. ancient volcanics intrusives and reddish strata on the Stretton Hills, white quartzites near The Wrekin, and fossiliferous sandstones and shales along the Onny Valley. No prior knowledge of the area or geology is assumed.

This photograph was taken near the crest of Caer Caradoc hill, where crags expose pink rhyolite lavas of the Uriconian Group. They were erupted during the Ediacaran period during latest Precambrian times. 

 Note this Part 1 course is to be followed by Part 2 (Silurian – Carboniferous rocks) in June 2020, but both courses are independent of each other: you can enrol on Part 1 but not Part 2, and Part 2 without having first attended Part 1, depending on your interests / availability.

No prior knowledge of geology or the area is assumed. Attendees arrange their own travel, meals and accommodation – tutor can advise.
Meeting location provided to those enrolled. 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 £170.00 (concessionary fee available £ 136.00)
Enrolments can be found by ‘phoning 029 2087 0000 or visiting website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn
For more information on the course, contact tutor nickchidlaw@gmail.com

Saturday, 17 August 2019

19th to 25th August 2019


NEXT WEEKS EVENTS

19th to 25th August 2019


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 19TH

Mendip Rocks! - Marking Time
When
Mon, 19 August, 10:00 – 16:00
Where
Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU. (map)
Description
Mendip Rocks Art Exhibition: “Marking Time” at SESC 15-21st August, not Sunday 18th 10am-4pm. Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.
Mendip and Somerset geology inspired artworks to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Somerset Earth Science Centre opening.  10% proceeds to Mendip Rocks.    Artworks from Melanie Deegan & Watchet Art group (7 artists), Jennie Thomas, David Parfitt, Christina White and other local artists. Art workshops with some artists on Weds 21st August during SESC Anniversary open day.  Works include; watercolours, acrylics, print making, photography and 3D sculpture in the grounds at SESC.  Refreshments available for sale.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.

TUESDAY 20TH

Mendip Rocks! - Marking Time - see Monday
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SMFS Evening Meeting
When
Tue, 20 August, 19:30 – 21:30
Where
The Friends' Meeting House, 1A, Ordnance Rd, Southampton. SO15 2AZ (map)
Description
“Annual Swap & Sale Evening” Please bring along unwanted minerals, fossils, rocks, books, anything of geological interest, to exchange or sell.

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Bath RL&SI Lecture - From Hades to the Machine Age
When
Tue, 20 August, 19:30 – 21:00
Where
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN, UK (map)
Description
Objects from the BRL&SI Collection.

(This is NOT a Bath Geol Soc. Lecture)

Wednesday 21st

Mendip Rocks! - Fossil Funday & 10th Anniversary Open day at SESC
When
Wed, 21 August, 10:00 – 16:30
Where
Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU (map)
Description
Fossil Funday & 10th Anniversary Open day at SESC , Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU  Wed 21st Aug- 10am-4.30pm.  Fossil id, crafts/arts, quarry visits. & Peter Hardy/Simon Carpenter.  To include Art Exhibition of Somerset artists inspired by Mendip and Somerset Geology.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.

Thursday 22nd

Mendip Rocks! - Exploring Fairy Cave Quarry walk and Armchair caving talk
When
Thu, 22 August, 14:00 – 17:30
Where
Parking on Limekiln Lane, midway between Stoke St Michael and Oakhill, by edge of Fairy Cave Quarry. (map)
Description
Exploring Fairy Cave Quarry walk and Armchair caving talk at SESC Thurs 22nd August 2pm - 5.30pm. Parking on Limekiln Lane, midway between Stoke St Michael and Oakhill, by edge of Fairy Cave Quarry.  Walk will be followed by a short slideshow at SESC by Peter Glanville and refreshments.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.

Friday 23rd


Saturday 24th

Mendip Rocks! - The Ancient Springs of Wells Geo Walk
When
Sat, 24 August, 10:30 – 12:30
Where
Meet Tor Hill Lane, Wells ST554 458. Parking in Wells or on B3139 in layby. (map)
Description
The Ancient Springs of Wells Geo Walk- Doug Robinson – Sat 24th August – 10.30am-12.30pm.  Meet Tor Hill Lane, Wells ST554 458.  Parking in Wells or on B3139 in layby.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.

Sunday 25th



Mission Jurassic

Mission Jurassic

I have been away and had not seen this. Fortunately a correspondent sent me THE LINK. It is all about a new find of dinosaur skeletons in Wyoming. It looks rather like Dinosaur National Monument in Utah which WEGA visited a couple of years ago - see HERE.

There is a lot on the web page - scroll down and click on the videos and the diagrams. Some of the diagrams are animated with hidden information.


Thursday, 8 August 2019

12th to 18th August 2019


NEXT WEEKS EVENTS

12th to 18th August 2019


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 12TH


TUESDAY 13TH

Mendip Rocks! - Batts Combe Quarry
When
Tue, 13 August, 10:00 – 12:00
Where
Meet at Batts Combe Quarry reception. (map)
Description
Mendip Quarry Tours: booking essential/pay on day £5pp.  (Wear or bring boots, and no shorts please, safety wear provided).

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.
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Mendip Rocks! - Batts Combe Quarry
When
Tue, 13 August, 14:00 – 16:00
Where
Meet at Batts Combe Quarry reception. (map)
Description
Mendip Quarry Tours: booking essential/pay on day £5pp.  (Wear or bring boots, and no shorts please, safety wear provided).

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.
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Cardiff University Lecture - When Sea levels Change...
When
Tue, 13 August, 18:30 – 20:00
Where
The 2018-2019 monthly Tuesday evening lectures in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences will be held in the Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13), Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, CF10 3AT. Lectures begin at 18.30. Booking is not needed. (map)
Description
It’s all relative: the ups, downs, tilting and rebounds of ancient
sea level.
Peter Burgess (Liverpool)



WEDNESDAY 14th

Mendip Rocks! - Kilmersdon Coalfield Walk
When
Wed, 14 August, 13:00 – 16:00
Where
Meet Radstock Museum, parking in town. (map)
Description
Kilmersdon Coalfield Walk – Richard Frost – Wed 14th Aug 1-4pm Meet Radstock Museum, parking in town.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.

THURSDAY 15TH

Mendip Rocks! - Marking Time
When
Thu, 15 August, 10:00 – 16:00
Where
Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU. (map)
Description
Mendip Rocks Art Exhibition: “Marking Time” at SESC 15-21st August, not Sunday 18th 10am-4pm. Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.
Mendip and Somerset geology inspired artworks to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Somerset Earth Science Centre opening.  10% proceeds to Mendip Rocks.    Artworks from Melanie Deegan & Watchet Art group (7 artists), Jennie Thomas, David Parfitt, Christina White and other local artists. Art workshops with some artists on Weds 21st August during SESC Anniversary open day.  Works include; watercolours, acrylics, print making, photography and 3D sculpture in the grounds at SESC.  Refreshments available for sale.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.
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Thornbury Geology Group, 7.30pm, The Chantry, Thornbury
When
Thu, 15 August, 19:00 – 21:30
Description
Thornbury Geology Group, 7.30pm at The Chantry, Thornbury, and every 3rd Thursday in the month.  



Friday 16th

MENDIP ROCKS! - MARKING TIME - see Thursday

Saturday 17th

MENDIP ROCKS! - MARKING TIME - SEE THURSDAY
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SWGA _ Excursion
When
Sat, 17 August, 11:00 – 15:00

Where
Meet at 11.00am on the top of the beach, by the second groyne, just south of the slipway opposite the RNLI station (ST 189 708). (map)

Description
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan: Family Geology Day: 11.00am - 3.00pm
Coordinators: Cindy Howells and John Nudds

Meet at 11.00am on the top of the beach, by the second groyne, just south of the slipway opposite the RNLI station (ST 189 708).
This meeting is a follow on to last year's very successful Family Day. We will be taking short fossil and mineral hunts along the beach from a base (possibly our new gazebo!) where we will have examples of what is to be found, reference books and leaflets and information about the SWGA. We would be extremely grateful for as much help as possible from members to help run the base, give out information, talk to the public and help with the short walks, for as short or as long a time as you
can give.

Sunday 18th

Mendip Rocks! - Blackmoor Lead Mining walk
When
Sun, 18 August, 14:00 – 16:00
Where
Parking at Blackmoor Reserve Car Park. (map)
Description
Blackmoor Lead Mining walk – Richard Frost Sun 18th Aug 2-4pm. Parking at Blackmoor Reserve Car Park.ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Paddy Field Find

Paddy Field Find

A correspondent has brought THIS to my notice. 

A suspected meteorite has crashed into a paddy field in Bihar, India. Perhaps the most immediately interesting thing about the story is that we know about it. In the picture below note the guy with his mobile phone! Nowhere is out of touch nowadays.


Saturday, 3 August 2019

5th to 11th August 2019


NEXT WEEKS EVENTS

5th to 11th August 2019


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 5TH


TUESDAY 6TH


WEDNESDAY 7ST


THURSDAY 8th

OUGS Wessex - Excursion
When
Thursday, 8 Aug 2019
Where
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (map)
Description
Oceanic Cores of Volcanic Sediments
Leader: Dr Millie Watts
Location: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Date: August 8th 2019 (Thursday)
Type: Field Trip (Day)
Summary: A visit to the laboratory of the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility.
More info:
More information to follow.
Contact: Jeremy Cranmer [wessexdaytrips@ougs.org]
Booking
Form: Please contact the organiser of this event for booking information

FRIDAY 9th


SATURDAY 10th

Mendip Rocks! - “It’s a Blast at Westbury Quarry”
When
Sat, 10 August, 10:00 – 15:30
Where
Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, near Wells. (map)
Description
“It’s a Blast at Westbury Quarry” – Sat 10th Aug – launch day 10-3.30pm. Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, near Wells.  (Mendip Society, AONB, SESC & Danielle Schreve, Peter Hardy Geo tour at 11am and 2pm, Botany walk at 2pm,  Mendip Cave Rescue & Butterfly Conservation)  Blast demolition of a small car, raffled before midday. Refreshments.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156
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Mendip Rocks! - Botany & Geology Walk at Westbury Quarry
When
Sat, 10 August, 11:00 – 13:00
Where
Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, near Wells (map)
Description
Botany & Geology Walks –Liz McDonnell /P Hardy– Westbury Sub Mendip Quarry 10th August  11am & 2pm

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.
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Mendip Rocks! - Botany & Geology Walk at Westbury Quarry
When
Sat, 10 August, 14:00 – 16:00
Where
Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, near Wells (map)
Description
Botany & Geology Walks –Liz McDonnell /P Hardy– Westbury Sub Mendip Quarry 10th August  11am & 2pm

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk details 01749 840156.


SUNDAY 11TH

OUGS Wessex - Day Field Trip
When
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019
Where
Upwey, Weymouth (map)
Description
Graphic logging


Leader: Dr Fiona Hyden

Location: Upwey, Weymouth

Date: August 11th 2019 (Sunday)

Type: Field Trip (Day)

Summary: An opportunity to practise geological field skills with an experienced OU geologist.

Contact: Jeremy Cranmer   [wessexdaytrips@ougs.org]


Thursday, 1 August 2019