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.


Late Cenozoic evolution of the Yellow River and its environs - China
September 2017



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.

To book your place please download and return your registration form to fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk. and pay a deposit of £100.


£100 deposit to secure your place.


Joint OUGS and GA, Geological and Archaeological trip to the Teke Peninsula of Lycia in Southern Turkey
11th to 21st April 2018.
Leaders Professor David Bridgland and Dr Robert Westaway.

This is the 4th time I have run this successful and popular trip and the third time David and Rob have led it. The previous 3 times were just for OUGS and a write up in the OUGS national newsletter September 2014 can be accessed through the OUGS website. The area covered is the Lycian Region of South West Turkey, an area laid down in the Cretaceous times and shaped by the closure of the Tethys Ocean thrusting ocean floor overland in two opposing directions. The trip has been extended by a day to incorporate evidence of the recent discovery of a meteorite impact, creating the formation of Kaş Bay. If you have never visited Turkey before this is an excellent opportunity to discover the fabulous hospitality of the people, great food, fascinating cultural and archaeological history, along with an array of very interesting geological features. Oh and then there is the weather!!

Information on the hotels and most of the sites mentioned in the itinerary below can be found on line. A more comprehensive itinerary will be sent later.

Suggested reading ‘Archaeology and Geology of Lycia Southern Turkey’ by Dr Jill Eyers. (Rocks Afoot field guide series)

Cost will be dependent on numbers in the group. With a minimum of 10 persons it will be £845 per person and with a maximum of 20 persons it will be £595 per person, without flights based on shared accommodation. This cost includes 10 nights B&B, transfers to and from the airport (if arriving with the main group) 2 dinners and 1 lunch, Coach and driver, Turkish guide and three leaders, and entry to all ancient sites. A single supplement of £100 will be added for those not wanting shared accommodation.

Please contact me, Alison Ure, if you have any questions or are interested in coming on this great trip. alijoure@hotmail.com 01580 752018.

Personal travel insurance is a necessity for this trip however Turkey is deemed as being in Europe with most insurance companies!

A visa will be needed but this is a 2 minute online process costing around 20$.

Please note that despite recent political issues in Turkey the area visited on this trip is very safe and is a long way away from any troublesome borders.

Proposed itinerary: subject to change.

Day 1: Flight to Antalya, Transfer to The Atelya Hotel in the Old town of Antalya.

Currently Suggested flight, Easy Jet, from Gatwick at 15.35, arriving in Antalya 22.55 (This may change for April 2018)

Day 2: Free day to explore the Old Town of Antalya originally founded by the Romans. Welcome dinner.

Hotel: Atelya Art Hotel, Antalya.

Day 3: Am: Overview discussion about the area to be covered during the trip with the help of geological maps, followed by a drive to Kırk Göz to observe and discuss the processes of the formation of the Antalya plain, travertine, and surrounding limestone mountains.

Pm: Antalya museum which gives a clear history of the area including several ancient sites to be visited.

Hotel: Atelya Art Hotel, Antalya.

Day 4: Am: Black rock at Kumluca, ophiolitic outcrop followed by Phaselis an ancient site made up of three harbours. An unconformity of travertine sitting above ophiolitic rock will be observed from the roadside.

Pm: Chimera everlasting flames, which have been burning for over 2000yrs, is a 2km walk up steps.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 5: Am: Observation and discussion of the Kasaba Lineament and Kasaba Valley before entering the Dirgenler gorge and visiting limestone quarries followed by a visit to St Nicholas church during the lunch break

Pm: Visit to Myra an ancient site with amazing Rock tombs from the Lycian age and a beautifully preserved Roman theatre followed by the Lycian Museum set in a Roman Grain store by the ancient harbour of Andriake now a silted up wetland.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 6: Ferry trip (30mins) to the Greek Island of Kastellorizo on the opposite side of Kaş bay. Here, weather permitting, there will be a boat trip to a large sea cave followed by a walk to view evidence of the newly discovered geological process that formed Kaş Bay: a meteorite impact!

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 7: Am: Crystal walk, a 4km walk to view an unusual outcrop of calcite and aragonite.

Pm: Kekova sunken city, a boat trip observing the results of two earthquakes 100years apart

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş

Day 8: Am: Visit to Xanthos ancient site, capital of Lycian region, followed by Saklikent gorge.

Pm: Following the fault line from the head of the gorge we a visit Girmeler caves and thermal springs.

Hotel: Muzzy’s Place, Kayaköy, Greek ghost town.

Day 9: Am: Walk from Kayaköy to Oludeniz 6/7km over the mountains with a variety of different rocks from black breccia of the Tefenni thrust (re-crystallised limestone), black dolomitic limestone, and some schists.

Pm: Opportunity to observe a section of the Köyceğiz thrust showing different thicknesses of limestone beds, tension gashes and chert nodules on the beach. A drive up to Butterfly Valley where a copybook anticline can be observed along with an awesome 400m wall of seriously multi folded and reverse thrusted red shale’s interlayered with limestone.

Hotel: Muzzy’s Place, Kayaköy.

Day 10: Am: Driving down the old road we stop briefly at Telmessos ancient site before going hunting for chromite ore in a road cutting. We then travel over the mountain road inland from Fethyie to Antalya, a drive of such intense geological interest it could be a 7 day trip in itself!

Pm: The last stop is Karain cave the oldest settlement in Turkey, evidence of Palaeolithic habitation dating back to 150,000/200,000yrs ago, including Neanderthal. Farewell dinner.

Hotel: Atelya, Antalya

Day 11: Free morning: to pick up souvenirs and gifts.

12:00: depart hotel to visit Perge an ancient site and Kurşunlu waterfall where we observe travertine formation.

18:00/18:30 dropped off at Antalya airport for 20:00 check in and 22:20 flight returning to Gatwick.


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.

To book your place please download and return your registration form to fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk. and pay a deposit of £100.


£100 deposit to secure your place.