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 meetings take place on rolling day/4-5 week basis as alternate indoor/outdoor activities. Indoor meetings take place at The Old Girls School, Kirkgate, Sherburn-in-Elmet at 10:30 for approximately 2 hours.

An annual Programme is circulated to members and is available on request from the Group Leader.

Outdoor meetings will be visits to venues of geological interest, or field trips lasting most of the day to geological sites within reasonable driving distance, meeting at The Eversley Centre in Sherburn for car share under usual U3A rules, unless otherwise advised.

The picture is of the former waterfall, now presenting as a limestone cliff at Malham Cove.

 


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Forthcoming Events -

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.


Monday, 29 June 2020 - Cave Science of the Yorkshire Dales 1.30pm - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

Associate Professor Phil Murphy of Leeds University Earth Sciences Dept has offered to give us a talk on The Cave Science of the Yorkshire Dales on 29 June.

This is likely to be an interesting, informative presentation given with Phil's customary dry wit.

Come along and learn some stuff about caves in the Yorkshire Dales you didn't know before!


Tuesday, 28 July 2020 - Field Trip 9.00am - TBA

A field trip will take place on this day at a venue to be advised, suggestions would be welcome. 


Wednesday, 26 August 2020 - Meeting topic TBA 1.30pm - TBA

Meeting at The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston, topic to be decided later — suggestions please.


Saturday, 19 September 2020 - Yorkshire Fossil Festival 9.00am - Rotunda Museum, Scarborough

The annual fossil-fest at The Rotunda Museum, Scarborough, open from 10:00 to 16:00.

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival will be returning to Scarborough this year – it will be a weekend to remember, so make sure you keep your diaries free!

The event will be bigger and better than ever, as we will be inviting both local and national museums, universities and businesses to provide entertainment and expertise for all. The festival will be based at the historic Rotunda Museum and its surrounding grounds. This year’s theme is EXTINCTION.

Details can be found at https://www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.com/event/the-yorkshire-fossil-festival/


Thursday, 8 October 2020 - Meeting topic TBA 1.30pm - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

Meeting at The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston, topic to be decided later — suggestions please.


Friday, 13 November 2020 - Field trip 9.00am - TBA

A field trip will take place on this day at a venue to be advised, suggestions would be welcome. 


December 2020 - Festive Lunch 12.00pm - The Crown Inn, Monk Fryston

A festive lunch for all members + spouses/partners, pay your own way at the bar.

uggestions needed for a topic before we dine please.



Reports on past meetings -

Festive Lunch - December 2019 (report by David Mills)

Geological Time - December 2019 (report by David Mills)

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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