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    June 2020

    Afternoon visit to BGS Keyworth

    June 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    This tour around the British Geological Survey labs and offices will Introduction people to what The BGS does and who funds it. It will include the Library – including some history of the Survey, the Core Store – where a large number of bore holes are kept. The 3D Room Demo Geovisionary followed by a tour of their Geological Walk. Parking is available. There is a fair amount of walking and some stairs, but lifts are available. Much of the…

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    GA field trip to Charnwood Forest

    June 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This trip will examine the Neoproterozoic (Precambrian) and Cambrian rocks around Charnwood Forest. The morning will be spent viewing the Maplewell Group and Whitwick Volcanic Complex around Mount St Bernard Abbey, with a possible visit to the Bomb Rocks, before examining the older Blackbrook Group in Morley Quarry. In the afternoon we will visit Bradgate Park, and if there’s time, hunt Tychichnus in Newtown Linford Churchyard. Attendees wishing to take the ‘BGS Keyworth tour’ on the Friday afternoon before hand…

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    July 2020

    GA Lecture

    July 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Janet Watson Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House
    Piccadilly, London W1V 0JU United Kingdom
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    July 3 – Geothermal Resources of the UK Dr Catherine Hirst

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    Geology and Art Workshop

    July 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Talk on geological work of fine artists, followed by a practical workshop where participants are encouraged to sketch and take part in guided exercises interspersed with short lectures. How best to keep field notebooks to record observations. Eridge Rocks is 10 minutes’ walk from Eridge Station, which can be reached within a 50 minute train ride from London Bridge. Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the time. Contact details and emergency contact required at booking.…

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    GA field trip – Wealden Excursion

    July 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This trip continues the popular annual Wealden excursions and again will visit one of the sites in the Weald Clay of south-east England. Attendees will need to be sure they can safely cope with the conditions to be found in working quarries. Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the time. Contact details and emergency contact required at booking.

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    September 2020

    Geology of Denbies vineyard, Lecture and wine tasting. Sussex.

    September 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This trip to Denbies winery, near Dorking, will include; a lecture on ‘Geological & Climatic controls on two millennia of English viticulture’. A Winery tour a tutored tasting of 3 different wines. After lunch (pay for their own lunch in the restaurant) we will take a Vineyard Tour providing spectacular views of Box Hill, the North Downs, Mole Valley and the Weald. Maximum group size will be 25. Meeting points and further details will be communicated to participants nearer the…

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    October 2020

    GA Lecture

    October 2, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Janet Watson Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House
    Piccadilly, London W1V 0JU United Kingdom
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    October 2 – A journey from Lilliput to Brobdingnag: Bivalve mollusc body size trends across the end-Triassic mass extinction and recovery Dr Jed Atkinson

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    December 2020

    GA Lecture

    December 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Janet Watson Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House
    Piccadilly, London W1V 0JU United Kingdom
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    December 4 – Environmental conditions that existed during rebuilding of an Early Carboniferous ecosystem Prof Sarah Davies

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    January 2021

    GA Lecture: January 8 via Zoom

    January 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Almost like being there: new approaches to deciphering animal behaviour from trace fossils Dr Jon Noad (Canada)

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    GA Zoom Workshop ‘’Geology and Art 2’’ – Emma Theresa Jude

    January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    This online workshop will focus on improving geological sketching both technical and artistic. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners and non-artists. It will include exercises for participants to draw along with and include a Q&A/discussion session.

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    GA Zoom Workshop Geological Photography – Dr Paul Markwick

    January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Photography is an essential part of geological field work. Being a good photographer helps but it’s not the full story. This workshop will examine how to take good field photographs to record geology. We will also look at how to take close-up specimen photographs and touch on wider uses of photography in geology. It will include exercises for participants and include a Q&A/discussion session

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    February 2021

    GA Lecture: February 5 via Zoom

    February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Tectonic plates, mantle plumes, and the importance of keeping good time Dr Lucía Pérez Diaz (University of Oxford)

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    Virtual Essex Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

    February 20 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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    March 2021

    GA Lecture: March 5 via Zoom

    March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Halstead Lecture: Earthquake chasing around the world Dr Zöe Mildon (University Plymouth)

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    Geological Field Sketching Workshop – Virtual Zoom Workshop

    March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The complexities of real geology displayed on maps and sections may seem daunting. The aim of this online workshop is to provide basic rules and techniques than can be applied to interpret geological maps and appreciate geology in three dimensions. It will include exercises for participants to solve and include a Q&A/discussion session. The workshop will be directed by Norman Dutton and is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh their geological map reading skills.

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    Making Sense of Geological Maps – Virtual Zoom Workshop

    March 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    The complexities of real geology displayed on maps and sections may seem daunting. The aim of this online workshop is to provide basic rules and techniques than can be applied to interpret geological maps and appreciate geology in three dimensions. It will include exercises for participants to solve and include a Q&A/discussion session. The workshop will be directed by Norman Dutton and is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh their geological map reading skills.

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    Geological Photography with Dr Paul Markwick – Virtual Zoom Workshop

    March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The complexities of real geology displayed on maps and sections may seem daunting. The aim of this online workshop is to provide basic rules and techniques than can be applied to interpret geological maps and appreciate geology in three dimensions. It will include exercises for participants to solve and include a Q&A/discussion session. The workshop will be directed by Norman Dutton and is suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to refresh their geological map reading skills.

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    April 2021

    GA Lecture: April 9 via Zoom 


    April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    A journey from Lilliput to Brobdingnag: Bivalve mollusc body size trends across the end-Triassic mass extinction and recovery Dr Jed Atkinson (University of Leeds)

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    Quaternary Rivers and Glaciers in Midland and Eastern England – conflicting views and observable evidence

    April 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom

    Monthly meeting on Zoom including Guest lecture by Prof Jim Rose of Royal Holloway, University of London. Visitors are welcome - follow instructions on the website Members free, Visitors £3

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    May 2021

    GA Lecture: May 7 via Zoom

    May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    
AGM and Presidential Address Shallow geohazards and environmental change Dr Vanessa Banks (BGS)

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    Impressions on the Landscape: The Enduring Legacy of William Smith

    May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom

    Given by Dr Peter Wigley, Consultant Lynx Information Systems & co-author of 'Strata. William Smith's Geological Maps'. Please contact the hgs_secretary@btinternet.com to register your interest in joining us for a fascinating talk. Abstract William Smith (1769–1839), surveyor and geologist, was born on 23th March 1769 at The Forge, Churchill, Oxfordshire, the son of the village blacksmith and educated at the village school. In 1787 Smith became assistant to the land surveyor Edward Webb (1751–1828) at Stow-on-the-Wold,  learning  to  measure  and…

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    Virtual GA Student Symposium (vGASS) 2021 – Day 1

    May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Zoom

    vGASS presents a unique opportunity for geology students to share their research not only with their peers but with professional and amateur geologists as well. The event will be run virtually over two half days; the afternoon of Thursday 20 May and the morning of Friday 21 May 2021.

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    Virtual GA Student Symposium (vGASS) 2021 – Day 2

    May 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Zoom

    vGASS presents a unique opportunity for geology students to share their research not only with their peers but with professional and amateur geologists as well. The event will be run virtually over two half days; the afternoon of Thursday 20 May and the morning of Friday 21 May 2021.

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    June 2021

    GA Lecture: June 4

    June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    The pterodactyls of the Sahara Desert Prof David Martill (University of Portsmouth)

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    Platinum Group Metals – their Geological Occurrence, Extraction and Applications

    June 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Zoom

    Bruce Rimmer from the Amateur Geological Society *AGS) will be giving the Harrow and Hillingdon GeolSoc Lecture for June. We are currently meeting on Zoom. For further information contact HHGeolSoc@outlook.com

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    It’s ‘Ard Up North: An overview of the Chalk of the Northern Province

    June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom

    Given by Paul Hildreth (Yorkshire Geological Society) The Chalk of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire belongs to a sedimentary basin distinct from, and yet closely related to, other late Cretaceous basins in southern England. For many years, geologists attempted to fit the southern biostratigraphy onto the northern succession; rather like fitting a square peg in a round hole!

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    July 2021

    GA Lecture: July 2

    July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Geothermal Resources of the UK Dr Catherine Hirst (COWI, University of Glasgow)

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    The Dinosaur-Bird link: a critical overview

    July 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom

    Please contact the hgs_secretary@btinternet.com to register your interest in joining us for this fascinating talk given by Mike Howgate. Abstract: To most interested lay-people and even most vertebrate palaeontologists the theory that birds arose from a group of Theropod dinosaurs is now regarded as an incontestable fact. However there are a handful of dissenters from this supposed certainty. I am one. I will start by outlining the position of Archaeopteryx as the quintessential example of an intermediate between two classes…

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    Salt from the frozen wastes: An introduction to the global potash industry

    July 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Zoom

    Humphrey Knight of CRU Group will be giving the Harrow and Hillingdon GeolSoc Lecture for July. We are currently meeting on Zoom. For further information contact HHGeolSoc@outlook.com

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    GA Zoom talk/workshop on the Wealden (Smokejacks) 

    July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Zoom

    The popular annual Wealden field trip will take the form of a Zoom talk/workshop. The workshop will start with a virtual tour of the Smokejacks clay pit, describing the geological contexts and environment in the Lower Cretaceous when these sediments were deposited. We will then move on to look at some of the fossil finds that have been made there. Starting with the discovery of dinosaur Baryonyx in 1983 and run through some of the more important and unusual finds…

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