Geology Rocks!

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malham.pngThe group meets monthly for discussion, presentations, films/videos, and field trips.

We are lucky enough to live amidst some of the best geology in the country if not Europe.

Join us to explore it and understand what lies beneath our feet, how our landscape was formed and why it looks the way it does.

Please be sure to tick the Geology Rocks! box on the Groups page and save changes, so you get all the latest news.

Our first meeting took place on Tuesday 12 March at The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston, where winter meetings (October - March) will take place at 13:30 for approximately 2 hours.

Summer meetings (April - September) will be field trips lasting most of the day to sites of geological interest within easy driving distance, meeting at 10:00 at The Eversley Centre in Sherburn for car share under usual U3A rules, unless otherwise advised.

The picture is of Malham Cove.


Go to Reports on Past Meetings

Forthcoming Events -

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - Geological Time 10.30am - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

A presentation which will attempt to put into context the enormity of the timescale involved in the formation of the earth.

Just bring your notepad and a willingness to think about some  big numbers.

Please note the earlier time, as the meeting will be followed by a festive lunch at 12:30 in the bar downstairs.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - Festive Lunch 12.30pm - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

A Festive Lunch for all members; partners/spouses are also welcome to join us for this and the preceding presentation on Geological Time if they wish.

Pay your own way at the bar.

January 2020 - National Stone Centre 10.00am - Wirksworth, Derbyshire

The National Stone Centre @ Wirksworth, Derbyshire

Provisionally 6Th January 2020, leaving mid morning.

This centre offers information for people interested in geology, paleontology, natural history, ecology, industrial archaeology and more. However, leave your hammers and fossil collecting bags at home!

If we have 10 or more we can have a guided tour costing £3.50 per person. If we do have 10 or more the date may have to change depending on their diary, if I can have an early indication of those interested a date can be fixed.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - Spanish Geology 1.30pm - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

Shaun Kearns, one of our founder members,will be giving us a presentation about his visits to an interesting and geologically unique area of Spain.

Sunday, 15 March 2020 - Greenhow Lead Mine -

A visit to an 18th Century Lead mine in the heart of what was then a highly industrialised area of the Dales.

We will walk in (no lifts!) to the almost horizontal adit following the original galena vein which also acts as the outlet of the mine drainage system, so wellies are essential, old waterproofs are a good idea too as there may be water dripping from above as well. Hard hats and head torches will be provided. 

This is a fascinating insight into the geology and working conditions of lead mining in the late 1700s. You will see many examples of various lead-mining minerals in situ in their original and natural stat.

Unusually this visit is on a Sunday due to the limited availability of volunteer guides for whom there will be a donation to be made, plus the usual car-share contribution.

Timings and Eversley meeting details are yet to be finalised. Watch this space!

Thursday, 23 April 2020 - The Yellowstone Caldera 1.30pm - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

Group member Edward French will be giving a presentation on the caldera in Yellowstone National Park, USA, the site of a massive dormant  “volcano” which wipes out much of life on Earth when it blows, and is long overdue for its next one! Should that happen in the meanwhile, the meeting may have t be cancelled!

Thursday, 28 May 2020 - Field Trip — Permian and Carboniferous exposures in Knaresborough. 9.30am -

This is a re-run if the trip we had to cancel in September.

An easy stroll led by David Mills along the riverside in Knaresborough where there are many interesting Geological exposures  to investigate which give an insight into the difference between Permian and Carboniferous depositions.

Unusually for a field trip there are many cafés, pubs and toilets along the way, and the going is easy along good roads and paths. The walk is about 8km/5 miles if we visit all 15 localities and depending on the diversions made.

Things to look out for:

  • Permian and Carboniferous strata and the unconformity between them;
  • Glacial Till, moraines and eskers;
  • cross-bedded oolites, dolomite, gypsum and tufa;
  • sandstone, limestone, conglomerate;
  • feldspar and quartz;
  • a fault, fossils etc.

No hammering on this trip please.

Meet at Eversley at 09:30 for car share, probable return c. 16:00, dogs welcome.

Group Leader(s)

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  • David Mills
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 680424
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  • Barrie Wharton
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 682527
  • 07870 753259
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  • Barrie Slinger
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 644853
  • 07787 214906

Reports on past meetings -

Identifying rocks - November 2019 (report by David Mills)

Roundhay Park, a walk back in time - August 2019 (report by David Mills)

Field Trip to Otley Chevin Geology Trail - May 2019 (report by David Mills)

Field Trip to Boston Spa riverside geology trail - April 2019 (report by David Mills)

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