Tuesday 28 June 2016

Flint fossils

Collection of random flint fossils free to a good home - rather heavy!
If interested please contact Nick on 07891008848.

Thursday 23 June 2016

25th June - Watchet field trip

Bristol Naturalists’ Society, Geology Section
Field Meeting to Watchet, West Somerset.
Saturday 25 June 2016
High tide is at 10.37 a.m. so it may be a little too high at the start of the meeting but we will have a falling tide for the next six hours which should enable those who wish, to get out on the foreshore later, where there is a considerable amount of Lower Lias exposed.
For the first hour or so we will take to opportunity to look around the town and harbour and the local museum. We will then walk eastwards along the coast path to Helwell Bay. Here there are good exposures of the Mercia Mudstone and the Lower Lias. Collecting is permitted on the foreshore but not from the cliffs or the ammonite pavement.
Please let me know of your intention to come - email. Mobile number on the day - 07821671717.
We will meet at 11.00 a.m. in the car park by Watchet Station. GR: ST 072 433
This is a Pay and Display Car Park with a daily charge of £5. There is a Public Convenience adjoining. Approaching Watchet on the B3190 turn left on to the bridge over the railway and then right alongside the station.
The lower foreshore can be quite muddy in places so people wishing to go there are advised to bring rubber boots otherwise walking boots are advised. Bring packed lunches, drinks and appropriate protection against the elements, sun or rain.

Monday 13 June 2016

Saturday 4 June 2016

'Lost city' in Greece is actually the result of a gas leak

Tutankhamun's blade made from a meteorite

Ever since it was discovered wrapped in the folds of Tutankhamun's mummy in 1925, an ancient Egyptian dagger has puzzled historians. How did the boy pharaoh's craftsmen make an iron blade of such quality that it survived more than 3,000 years inside a sarcophagus without turning to rust?
Scientists have now reached an extraterrestrial answer: the dagger was forged from the metal of a fallen meteorite. A team of Egyptian and Italian researchers used X-rays to analyse the iron in the knife and discovered high amounts of nickel and a similar makeup to the iron found in crashed meteorites.
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