Overseas Field Meetings

The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of overseas field meetings (GA Circular 2020).  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.

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Overseas Trips 2020

Geological and Archaeological trip to the Teke Peninsula of Lycia in Southern Turkey

This trip is now full but if you wish to be put on a reserve/waiting list please contact Sarah Stafford at the GA Office on 020 7434 9298 or by e-mail at: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk.

15th to 25th April 2020. Leaders Professor David Bridgland, Dr Robert Westaway and Alison Ure.

This successful and popular trip has been run 3 times previously by OUGS, and this will be the third time David and Rob have led it. 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 from the previous trips, 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, and may be subject to change. The approximate cost will be £860 per person for minimum of 10 persons and £695 per person for a maximum of 20 persons. This price does not include flights and is based on shared accommodation. This price does include 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.

A minimum of 10 people is needed to make this trip viable.

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 required 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, and the current exchange rate is very favourable for English visitors.

Proposed itinerary: subject to change.

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

Current suggested flight, Easy Jet, from Gatwick at 15.35, arriving in Antalya 21.55 (This may change for April 2020)

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: Introduction and overview discussion by David and Rob about the area to be covered during the trip, 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: this excellent museum 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, ophiolite outcrop followed by Phaselis an ancient site made up of three harbours. An unconformity of travertine sitting above ophiolite rock will be observed from the roadside.

Pm: Chimera everlasting flames, which have been burning for over 2000yrs, this 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 and home to a large variety of birds.

Hotel: Phellos, Kaş.

Day 6: Ferry trip (30mins) to the Greek Island of Kastellorizo on the opposite side of Kaş bay. 2-2.5km gentle walk (road, but uphill) to view evidence of the newly discovered meteorite impact that formed Kaş Bay. After lunch weather & time permitting, there may be a boat trip to a large sea cave for those interested or a gentle stroll around this lovely Greek outpost

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 shales, 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 22:45 flight returning to Gatwick at 1.15.

To register your interest please email: fieldmeetings@geologistsassociation.org.uk

Madrid Geo-museums

Thursday 8 – Monday 12 October 2020

Leaders: David and Anne Bone, and Roger Dixon

We arrive in time to overnight in Madrid on Thursday. On Friday morning, we visit the superb collections of the Museo Geominero including an introductory talk by the museum staff and a visit to their conservation laboratory. Friday afternoon is free time to visit many of the other museums and galleries, such as the Prado, or a city tour. A group tapas meal will be arranged for Friday evening (to be paid for locally).

On Saturday, we will have a coach excursion into the area around Madrid, guided by a local geologist arranged by the National Museum of Natural Sciences. Sunday is free time as we are constrained by staff availability at the museums, but Madrid is rich in places to visit and suggestions will be provided. A guided city walk is a possibility that is being investigated.

On Monday (a public holiday), we will visit the National Museum of Natural Sciences, where staff will give us an introduction to the history of the museum and its outstanding exhibits. We finish on Monday afternoon for return home.

Members of this trip will need to make their own arrangements to get to Madrid and return.

Cost and Booking: Approximate costs Twin /Double £465, Single £740 (this assumes pound-euro equivalence; exchange rate may change). These fees include 4 nights of accommodation and breakfast at the NH Chamberi Hotel, Madrid. Also included are the services of local guides, transport on the day excursion, city walk, tips and entrance fees to the two museums.

Further information and booking through David and Anne Bone at david@dajbone.plus.com (payments will be made to the Geologists’ Association).