Friday, 15 September 2017

Next week 18th to 24th September 2017


 18th to 24th September 2017
The following is an extract from Bristol Geology Calendar

More details can be found in the Calendar and on the web sites of the relevant Society or organisation.

All Week (except Monday)

 Bristol City Museum - Pliosaurus!
WhenSun, 13 August, 10:00 – 17:00
WhereBristol Museum & Art Gallery (map)
DescriptionTravel back in time 150 million years and dive into Bristol’s Jurassic seas. We dare you to come face to face with one very special creature – an eight metre long Pliosaurus called Doris. She’s the ultimate predator and you’ll be awestruck as you touch her skin, listen to her heartbeat and smell her disgusting breath! Then travel forward to the present day to find out more about this amazing beast. See her actual fossil – one of the world’s most complete – and play games to discover more about her life and death. All the family can have fun investigating the science that helped us bring her back to life. Ideal for children aged 3-11 years old. Discovered in Westbury, Wiltshire in 1994, our internationally significant specimen is the world’s only example of a new species of pliosaur – Pliosaurus carpenteri – and will be on public display for the first time. Pliosaurs are so big that it took ten years to prepare all the fossils that were found. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery opening times: Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays during Bristol school holidays: 10am-5pm


Dave Green - The Devonian Period
WhenMon, 18 September, 19:30 – 21:30
WhereWynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester (map)
DescriptionThe Devonian Period 419 to 358 million years ago, this period (whose existence was hotly disputed by Sedgwick and Murchison in the 1820s and 30s) saw the amalgamation of two parts of Britain (but strangely not including Devon!), the emergence of widespread land vegetation, closely followed by insects and terrestrial tetrapods. A major extinction, of disputed origin, wiped out a large proportion of life towards the end of the period. Half the world consisted of a vast ocean (Panthalassa), which, like the modern Pacific, was gradually being destroyed by subduction, in favour of the Rheic and PalaeoTethyian Oceans. Starts Mon 18th September for 10 weeks (not 16th or 23rd Oct), until 4th December Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70 (including tea, coffee etc at breaktime!). Contact Dave Green, Joys Green Farm, Forge Hill, Lydbrook, Glos GL17 9QU Tel 01594 860858


Geol Soc Western - lecture
WhenTue, 19 September, 18:00 – 20:00
WhereThe Hub, Aztec West (map)
DescriptionMike Palmer, CH2M Engineering geology applied to the design and construction of Wimbleball Dam grout curtain "18:00 to 18:30 - networking and refreshments 18:30 to 19:30 - Lecture 19:30 - Questions"

SMFS Evening Meeting
WhenTue, 19 September, 19:30 – 22:00
WhereFriends’ Meeting House, Ordnance Road, Southampton, SO15 2AZ (map)
Description“Dinosaurs and Sex: A romp through the beds of the Cretaceous” (PG). Presentation by Dr Jeremy Lockwood, Members’ Display Table: Dinosaur Fossils & Memorabilia.



The Shaping of Ross (on Wye)
WhenThu, 21 September, 18:30 – 19:30
WhereJohn Kyrle High School, Ross on Wye (map)
Description“The Shaping of Ross: the Forces of Change through 700 million years of geological time” Concentrating on the processes that have produced the environment in which we now live, this course aims to aid understanding of geological forces, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, rivers, deserts, continental drift, life, convection, water. The course will be illustrated by reference to the local area, where possible. There will be lots of opportunity for practical study of rock, mineral and fossil, both actual specimens and as thin sections through petrological microscopes. Reference will also be made to local geological maps. Starts 21st September 6.30pm Held at 6th form and adult education centre John Kyrle High School, Ross on Wye. Cost £50. Contact Paul Mason on 01989 760399. Enrol before 15th September to ensure that the course runs.

Thornbury Geology Group meeting
WhenThu, 21 September, 19:30 – 20:30
Description Thornbury Geology Group, The Chantry, Thornbury, 7.30pm, contact 01454 416882 The group is is an offshoot of Thornbury and District Museum and we welcome new members. Previous geological knowledge can be helpful but is not necessary as members are very willing to share their own knowledge with anyone keen to learn more about Earth Science. The group is loosely following a pre-recorded lecture series which is supplemented by use of other material and geological specimens. On occasions a guest speaker will talk on their specialist topic. Costs are met from attending members' monthly contributions and the group does not have membership subscriptions or a committee




OUGS Severnside Field Trip - Blaen Onneu Quarry
WhenSunday, 24 Sep 2017
WhereTo be confirmed (map)
DescriptionBlaen Onneu Quarry Leader: Prof Paul Wright Location: Black Mountains, Powys Date: September 24th 2017 (Sunday) Type: Day Trip Summary: To study carbonate sequence More info: Location approx 3 km south of Llangynidr.

OUGS Wessex excursion
WhenSunday, 24 Sep 2017
DescriptionFossils and geology at Lyme Regis Leader: Sam Scriven Sam Scriven has agreed to lead us on a trip to Lyme Regis where we can not only see the geology but also do some fossil-hunting at the world famous site of Lyme Regis Sam Scriven was born in Weymouth and studied geology at the University of Plymouth to gain a M.Geol. He spent four years as the geologist at Charmouth Heritage Centre. He has now worked for five years as the Earth Science Adviser to the Jurassic Coast team at Dorset County Council. Needless to say Sam has an intimate knowledge of the Jurassic Coast and its fossils. He lives in Bridport. Wessex branch has traditionally held fossil-hunting trips each year at Charmouth/Lyme Regis in December. This year there is a change of format. We shall look at the Lias west of Lyme Regis with the Cretaceous beds lying unconformably on the top as well as the Triassic/Jurassic boundary. There is a wealth of geology here and we shall still be able to visit the "ammonite graveyard” and, with extra daylight hours, there will be plenty of opportunity to collect fossils The total distance of the excursion is about 3 miles on varying beach material. Some slippery conditions must be expected - a walking pole can aid stability. Hammer and hand lens should be brought and collecting bags will be useful Contact #1: Jeremy Cranmer []

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