Overseas Field Meetings

The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of overseas field meetings.

To download the latest GA Circular with details of forthcoming field trips and diary events of our local and affiliated geological societies, please click here.

If you would like further information on any of the events below, please contact Sarah Stafford at the GA Office on 020 7434 9298 or by e-mail at: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk.


Geological Highlights of Morocco
April 1 – 10, 2018

Leaders Mohammed Segaoui (Morocco-Geo-Travel) and Professor Dave Martill (University of Portsmouth) Provisional Itinerary

April 1
Arrive in Marrakesh. Overnight at the Tulip Hotel

April 2
Drive to Alnif. This drive takes us over the Atlas Mountains (Col du Titchka), through Ourzazate and into the Jebel Sahro mountains. This is the edge of the Sahara. We go towards Zagora crossing the Col du Tizi Tinififft, through the small town of Agdz and into the Draa Valley. We then turn east toward Nkob and Tazzarine, reaching our hotel in the early evening. En route we will examine Precambrian stromatolites in the Jebel Sahro.

April 3
Alnif is the centre of trilobite collecting and preparation. Here is an excellent place to buy perfect examples of more than 50 species of trilobite. Some of the finest examples you will ever see and the most amazing preparation.

After looking at the fossil shops in Alnif, we will drive east and then detour towards Fezzou where we will examine strata ( the Devonian Issoumour beds) that yield the trilobites. Many other fossils can be found there too, including crinoids and goniatites. We will spend the night at Merzouga next to the great sand dunes of Erg Chebbi

April 4
Drive south towards Taouz and on to the oasis of Begaa. Here we will examine the Early Cretaceous Kem Kem beds and visit the dinosaur mines. There is a good opportunity here to examine the Mesozoic- Palaeozoic unconformity and perhaps find a few dinosaur teeth. The fossil miners may well have some exciting discoveries to show us.

In the afternoon we will visit the famous vanadinite mine near Taouz where excellent mineral specimens can be found.

April 5
The famous Devonian Mud Mounds near Efroud and the even better known orthocone limestones will be visited. Spectacular structures produced by hot underwater springs near a palaeofault are another feature for this day. An extremely fossiliferous area with spectacular scenery. Overnight in Erfoud

April 6
Drive from Erfoud to Amelagou stopping at Asifa to examine the Turonian ammonite, fish and reptile beds of the Akrabou Formation. Nodules with three dimensionally preserved ammonites and amazing fish. Also plesiosaurs and a small mososaur called Tethysaurus can be found quite easily here

April 7
Leisurely drive through the spectacular Todgha gorge. Overnight in the Dades valley.

April 8
Explore the Jurassic dinosaur footprints at Dades. Afternoon examining the stunning geology and scenery of the Valley of the Roses around Boutaghrar.

April 9
Return to Marrakesh the pretty way. Taking in more of the Valley of Roses and the Col du Tichka in the High Atlas. Overnight in Marrakesh

April 10
Transfer to Marrakesh Airport. End of tour.

Return Flights to and from Marrakesh are not included in the tour fee. You may book your own flights or we will be happy to arrange them for you. You must arrive in Marrakesh on the evening of April 1 so that the group will leave Marrakesh early on April 2.

The package we have arranged includes nine nights half board accommodation at good class hotels throughout the tour on a half board basis. Travel will be 4x4 vehicles. Your fee also includes leadership of the tour by Mohammed Segaoui and Dave Martill and a tour brochure. It is based on two people sharing twin or double rooms. A single supplement of £200 is available for a very limited number of rooms.

Fee for the tour £880 (Single supplement £200).Please note these are provisional fees based on current exchange rates and may have to change with any variation of sterling rates.


We are hoping to re-run this trip in 2019 and if you would like to register your interest, please email: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk

Geology of the Shetland Isles Geopark
June 5 – 12, 2018


Leaders Allen Fraser and Robina Barton (both have played major roles in establishing the Shetland Geopark)

Our first three days will be spent on the islands of Unst and Fetlar where we will examine aspects of the Shetland Ophiolite nappes. These will include depleted mantle and magma chamber rocks, inter-nappe sheared conglomerates and a later granite intrusion. We will also visit abandoned chromite quarries from the 19th. and 20th. centuries and a restored horse-driven ore crushing circle.

The remaining days will be spent on Mainland (Shetland’s largest island). In the north we will see evidence of the Storegga Slide tsunami and visit the best exposure of the Great Glen Fault in Britain as well as quarries in the Northaven Plutonic Complex. A whole day will be devoted to exposures of a Devonian volcano in an Old Red Sandstone basin. Another day will be spent traversing the metamorphic and granitic rocks of Central Mainland. We will also investigate the metamorphic rocks and Devonian basin sediments of South Mainland. Here we will see Upper Dalradian phyllites, meta-volcanics, a massive sulphide deposit and Viking soapstone quarries. Sedimentary basin deposits include desert dune, alluvial fan, river and lake sediments with fish fossils. Generally there will be evidence of glacial activity and rapid sea level rise including St. Ninian’s Isle sand tombolo.

Members of this field trip will need to make their own arrangements to get to Lerwick in Shetland for the start of the trip on June 5. You may wish to travel by overnight ferry in which case you will be met off the ferry on the morning of June 5. Those of you who decide to fly will need to arrive in Lerwick on June 4. We will be able to make arrangements for your overnight accommodation on the night of 4 June for which there will be an extra charge. The Trip will finish after breakfast on June 12.

Fees for the trip : Twin /Double £675

Single £785

These fees include 3 nights half board accommodation at the Saxa Vord resort at Haroldswick, Unst and four nights B&B accommodation at the Scalloway Hotel, 7 miles from Lerwick in Scalloway village. Also included are the services of Allen and Robina, transport by minibus, inter island ferry charges and entrance fees to Unst Heritage Centre.

Please note that the number of places for this trip is strictly limited, particularly single rooms in Mainland.