Saturday, 10 December 2016

Dinosaur tail in amber

A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber

This has appeared in several places. The original paper can be found HERE. It is in the Economist HERE. But the BBC has the most approachable version HERE.



Mike Benton on the radio

Mike Benton on the BBC World Service

I came across this and thought it was very good. Mike talks about his work in palaeontology, geology and lots of other stuff. His talk will disappear soon so download it from THIS link. You will need to save it to someplace on your computer then play it.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Next Week 12th to 18th December 2016

NEXT WEEKS EVENTS


12th December to 18th December 2016


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.

Monday



Tuesday

19:30      WEGA Lecture
When     Tue, 13 December, 19:30 – 21:00
Where     Earth Sciences Lecture Theatre, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, United Kingdom (map)
Description    Three research students - various topics

Wednesday



Thursday

19:30      Thornbury Geology Group meeting
When     Thu, 15 December, 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

Friday



Saturday



Sunday

Friday, 2 December 2016

Next Week 5th to 12th December 2016

NEXT WEEKS EVENTS


28th November to 4th December 2016

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.

Monday

19:30
 Dave Green - Palaeontology and Evolution
WhenMon, 5 December, 19:30 – 22:30
WhereWynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester (map)
DescriptionPalaeontology and Evolution. This will be a mainly practical class, focussing on the preservation, identification and classification of fossils, and an account of the evolution of life on Earth. Starts Mon 19th September for 10 weeks (not 17th or 24th Oct), until 5th December Held at Wynstones School, Stroud Road, Whaddon, Gloucester from 7.30-9.30pm on Mondays. Cost £70 (including tea, coffee etc at breaktime!).

Tuesday

18:30
 Geological Society - Western Region
WhenTue, 6 December, 18:30 – 19:30
WhereUniversity Walk, Queen's Building, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR, UK (map)
DescriptionChristmas Social: Geological Quiz and Meal

Wednesday

19:30
 South Glos Mines Research Group - Talk
WhenWed, 7 December, 19:30 – 21:00
WhereMiners Institute (aka Coalpit Heath Village Hall), 214 Badmington Rd, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2QB (map)
DescriptionBristol Locomotive Builders: 1841-1958 - Dr Martin Murray and David Martin For details contact Roger Gosling tel. 01454 883607

Thursday



Friday

19:00
 Cheltenham Mineral and Geological Society
WhenFri, 9 December, 19:00 – 21:00
WhereShurdington at The Century Hall (map)
Description Sale, Quiz, and Raffle

Saturday

11:00
 South Wales Geologists' Association - Lecture
WhenSat, 10 December, 11:00 – 12:00
WhereLectures at Cardiff University are held in the Department of Earth Sciences in the "Main Building". We meet in the Earth Sciences staff room and lectures are held in Lecture Theatre 1.25. (map)
DescriptionSaturday 10th December: (Cardiff) From the depths: How cave precipitates (speleotherms) tell us about past environments and climates. Professor Ian Fairchild (Birmingham)

Sunday

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Siccar Point - the birthplace of modern geology

The Geological Survey explains Siccar Point


A rather good video concerning Siccar Point - one of the birthplaces of (British) geology. Click the full screen button at the bottom right of the video.







Monday, 28 November 2016

Water in the mantle

Water in the mantle

New Scientist has an article about water (well actually hydroxyl ions) in the mantle and at a considerable depth - 1,000 km. All from a tiny inclusion in a diamond.



You can find the article HERE.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Field Course on the Lizard

PROPOSED 4 DAY FIELD COURSE "FIELD GEOLOGY ON THE LIZARD PENINSULA, CORNWALL"

Nick Chidlaw is proposing to lead the above course in June 2017. details below the photo.


Kynance Cove, near Lizard village

Lifelong Learning 4 day course

Field Geology on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall



June 2017: Sunday 25th – Wednesday 28th
10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day. 

The Lizard is composed of metamorphic rocks formed in a plate collision zone during Devonian and Carboniferous times. Much of the peninsula consists of what is widely recognised as parts of ancient ocean crust, the remainder being altered sediments (including some formed by underwater landslides), discrete igneous intrusions and slices of older crustal basement. These rocks, of which serpentine is the most famous, are superbly exposed in cliffs and quarries in a highly attractive coastal setting.  

No prior knowledge of the area or geology is assumed.

Please note you will need to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements, with meeting times and places to be confirmed.  

The course is organised through Cardiff University. If carries assessment, which is very difficult to fail!  Attendees usually find assessment on these courses useful for consolidating what they have learned.

Tuition fee is £160.00  (concessionary fee available £128.00).

Enrolments can be made by ‘phoning 029  2087  0000  or see website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn

For more information on course content and specific locations, contact tutor