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From the high Pennines.....
- Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park..... (photo: Alison Tymon)

..... to the coast
- Ravenscar cliff, looking towards Robin Hood's Bay, North York Moors National Park (photo: Alison Tymon)

Publications: one of the Society's very popular field guides

Find out more about the exciting geology of the region and internationally important developments in the Earth Sciences by joining the Yorkshire Geological Society. You will find a warm welcome at the YGS, and we are actively seeking new members to become involved with the Society.

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A field meeting at Stainland, W. Yorks.: examining the different Carboniferous sandstones on the moor. Members hear lectures on the latest research: a reconstruction of "fire fountains" of gigantic lava eruptions in Siberia around 250 million years ago, which may have cause the mass extinction of 90% of the world's species.  (Presidential Address of Prof. Paul Wignall, December 2010).  A Yorkshire Geology Month walk in Haworth, West Yorks., for the general public,   identifying and explaining the origins of the many different building stones seen in the village. 


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This month we outline the scope and abstracts of another high profile meeting of the Society, in which the focus and collaboration extend widely beyond the narrower confines of our traditional footprint, drawing on the input of international workers on a topic of wide scientific interest.   It is of great importance for the Society that we continue to be an active player in providing the platform for topical presentation of new research.  In the case of this present meeting, exciting new research in the area of the North Sea, and its interpretation, determine our understanding of our land-based Quaternary history, not only in Britain but throughout neighbouring continental Europe.
 I particularly thank our Special Meeting Coordinator for this event, Professor Patrick Boylan, for his great efforts in drawing together the panel of speakers and also, importantly, his working with our hosts, the University of Hull, to provide the venue when re-organisation and re-construction have provided a challenge for logistical arrangements.  Our appreciation and thanks are extended to the School of Environmental Sciences of the University of Hull for their support.
In the current political climate it is of great importance that all of us in the world of earth and related sciences retain a firm focus on the international context in which our science and associated research and communication must operate.  Our Society has over many years maintained, and I trust will continue to maintain, a firmly internationalist approach to the scope which we present in our meetings and publish in our Proceedings.   We can look forward to the publication of the papers from the Society’s Symposium on the Chalk of the Northern Province, held in September 2015, as a thematic set in the Proceedings in the near future. 
Also reflecting the international perspective of recent Society activities, a summary report on the visit organised by the Society in October 2015 for members of the Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy of the International Union of Geological Sciences has recently been published in Earth Heritage magazine.  This is the on-line geological and landscape conservation magazine, available for free view and download at www.earthheritage.org.uk, which in its issue Number 46 (Summer 2016) summarises the preparation activities performed by Society members, the scope of the visit and our follow-up meeting held at Keyworth in March of this year.
Our challenge for the future is to maintain the high quality and wide-ranging scope of our meetings and events; the present meeting is the latest in this sequence.  It is necessary to repeat the regular plea that our capacity to provide a full and varied programme requires active participation across the membership.  If any member has suggestions for the subject matter for new meetings or wishes to contribute a presentation in the meetings programme, all suggestions and input to discussion of the Society’s programme will be warmly welcomed. (See “Volunteers needed to assist with the Society’s programme of meetings and field excursions from 2017” below.)
Members are also reminded that there will be a number of vacancies for Officers and Members to serve on the Council of the Society from 2017.  As the AGM approaches and planning for the new Session is underway, it is a matter of urgency that new Council members should be appointed and thus maintain an adequate representation of the membership on the new Council for 2017.  The Officers and Council stress that the value of the participation of individual members on Council is not constrained in any way by considerations of experience, education or seniority.   
I encourage all members of the Society to reflect on whether they can contribute to the future of the Society by participating on Council - all offers to be considered for election will be most welcome and I and any other member of Council will be very pleased to discuss what this entails with any member of the Society (telephone and e-mail contacts can be found in the relevant section of the Circular).
John Knight


Saturday 5th November 2016, 13.45 – 1700h., University of Hull: Joint meeting with the Hull Geological Society. Recent research on the Pleistocene and Late Glacial landscape, palaeontology and archaeology of “Doggerland”, the now submerged large region of the southern North Sea Basin.

As usual this joint meeting will be hosted by the University of Hull in the Cohen Building of the University’s Main Campus, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX.
13.45. Welcome and Society business, Dr John Knight, President
13.55. Introduction to the meeting: Prof. Patrick Boylan, Vice-President
14.05. Prof. Dr Thijs van Kolfschoten, Leiden University, The Netherlands: The Doggerland mammalian remains in a broader context
14.50. Dr Philip Murgatroyd, University of Bradford: Lost Frontiers: What’s Doggerland ever done for us?
15.20 – 15.50. Break, with coffee, tea and juice available
15.50. Dr Louise Tizzard, Marine Geophysics Manager, Wessex Archaeology: Investigating submerged landscapes and associated Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology in the southern North Sea
16.20. Dr Rachel Bynoe, Southampton University and Natural History Museum, London: Searching for the submerged Palaeolithic: recent investigations and future challenges
16.50. Discussion and conclusion of the meeting
Prof. Dr Thijs van Kolfschoten, Professor of Palaeozoology and Quaternary Biostratigraphy, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Vice-President, International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), <t.van.kolfschoten@arch.leidenuniv.nl>: The Doggerland mammalian remains in a broader context

The major Quaternary faunal changes, related to the climatic fluctuations that characterize the last 2.5 million years, are also reflected in the fossil record of the North Sea Basin and adjacent areas along the Dutch and English coasts. The area is extremely rich in Quaternary mammalian remains; several thousands of fossil bones and teeth have been collected from the bottom of the present-day North Sea as a by-catch of fishing for sole and other sea-bottom fish.
The southern North Sea yielded Early Pleistocene (ca 2 million years (Ma) old) remains including Tertiary relict species such as mastodonts, as well as “Mid- Pleistocene” fossils (with an age between 1.2 – 0.6 Ma ago). During most of the Late Pleistocene the North Sea Basin fauna was characterized by the occurrence of e.g. the woolly mammoth and the woolly rhinoceros, species that inhabited the so-called “Mammoth Steppe” an ecosystem rich in herbivores and carnivores. This ecosystem is unique and does not have a modern analogue.
During the Late Pleistocene cold phases it covered a huge territory stretching from the North Sea Basin, via Siberian and Beringia to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Fossils from that period are found in the Brown Bank area and the so-called Eurogeul, offshore of the Rotterdam harbour. During the second half of the Late Pleistocene the “Mammoth Steppe” ecosystem vanished and many “Mammoth Steppe” dwellers became extinct. What is left is a strongly reduced Mesolithic fauna that has later, during Neolithic time, been extended with domesticated animals such as cow, sheep and goat. The fossil assemblage from the so-called Dogger Bank (in the narrow sense: the island that remained after large parts of the North Sea was flooded), appears to have a Mesolithic age: Pleistocene remains seems to be absent in the area.
Dr Philip Murgtroyd,  Project and Modelling Manager of the ERC-funded Lost Frontiers project, School of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, <P.Murgatroyd@bradford.ac.uk>.  Lost Frontiers: What’s Doggerland ever done for us?

With the relatively recent emergence of seismic mapping as an archaeological tool, the submerged landscapes of Doggerland are more accessible than ever to investigation. The Lost Frontiers project seeks to use this as a starting point to find out how we can use this along with other techniques, both traditional and cutting edge, to develop a suite of tools that can be used on similar landscapes around the world. By further extending the seismic mapping effort we will create more extensive maps of pre-inundation Doggerland. Through coring, we will use dating methods and environmental analysis to examine the temporal development of the landscape. We will also use sedimentary DNA analysis on the core sediments in order to add to the data available via traditional environmental means.
The seismic mapping will give us a four dimensional landscape and the coring will give us some data-rich points within that landscape. We will then use computer simulation techniques to create a series of ‘what if?’ scenarios that can be tested in order to investigate which processes acted on the landscape to give us the data we see in the cores. By using a suite of techniques never before used together on a submerged landscape we hope to develop a methodology that can be used on similar inundated landscapes around the world, such as Beringia and Sundaland.
Dr Louise Tizzard, Marine Geophysics Manager, Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury <l.tizzard@wesswexarch.co.uk>: Investigating submerged landscapes and associated Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology in the southern North Sea
The last 15 years have seen a huge increase in offshore development around the UK (such as offshore wind, aggregate extraction, cables and pipeline installation) which has provided archaeologists the opportunity examine areas of seabed and sub-seabed, in deeper waters and further from the coastline than was previously possible. In particular, through necessary collaboration between archaeologists, geologists and engineers, these developments have significantly advanced our understanding of preservation of inundated palaeolandscapes over large areas, and the potential for archaeological sites to be found within these landscapes.
In the southern North Sea, as well as the often well-preserved sediments of the most recent post-glacial landscape, there is extensive evidence of preserved Pleistocene palaeolandscapes of the last 1 million years, with evidence of fluvial river systems, estuaries and coastlines, often relating to periods of human occupation all preserved in the record.
A diverse array of material has been recovered from the seabed including bone and stone artefacts, extinct fauna, peat deposits associated with these relict landscapes. Although archaeological sites are rarer, those such as the Early Middle Palaeolithic site known as Area 240 has provided a critical resource to aid to reinterpretation of early prehistory in association with Quaternary palaeogeography.
To date, over 120 flint artefacts have been recovered from within Area 240, a marine aggregate licence area situated approximately 11 km off the coast of Norfolk. This Early Middle Palaeolithic assemblage, comprises a mixture of Acheulian and Levallois lithic technologies (Lower and Middle Palaeolithic tools).  Further artefacts dating from the Upper Palaeolithic also indicate repeated use of this region over time. These finds have survived multiple phases of glaciation and marine transgression showing that submerged landscapes can contain preserved, in situ Palaeolithic artefacts.
Dr Rachel Bynoe: University of Southampton (currently Post-Doctoral Reseacher  on the Pathways to Ancient Britain project at the Natural History Museum, London) <rachel.bynoe@soton.ac.uk>: Searching for the submerged Palaeolithic: recent investigations and future challenges
The idea of submerged landscapes in the North Sea has long captivated people’s imaginations, with early researchers such as Clement Reid producing intriguing early images of the possible lay of these lands. With current understanding of the changing palaeogeography of the North Sea throughout the Pleistocene, discussions have moved to when, why and how occupation of these areas, and by extension Britain, would have been possible and what this means for hominin migrations and capabilities. What is conspicuously absent from this research, however, is knowledge of what these environments and landscapes were actually like; despite the dramatic increase in commercial offshore data being produced, our understanding is overwhelmingly abstract. An appreciation of the nature of these invisible landscapes is crucial if we really want to fully address these questions.
This talk will present some of the recent work from the UK sector that is attempting to bring a more tangible, targeted element to the Palaeolithic side of this research. Recent investigations into the development of the trawling industry, and how this can provide spatial information for groups of derived bones, has demonstrated greater integrity to these bone-yielding deposits than previously thought. Using this information, several areas of seabed have been targeted for geophysics and diver groundtruthing.
Complimenting this is recent work looking at the many finds washing onto beaches and how we can utilise these to pinpoint their offshore locations, and generally relating the coastal to offshore sequences and finds. Given the challenges involved, an array of multidisciplinary methods are being used, from faunal analysis to sediment modelling and geochemistry. The application of these and the many future challenges of this work will be discussed.    

Remaining Yorkshire Geological Society meetings for 2016

Saturday 10th December 2016, 2.30pm – 7.30pm, Weetwood Hall, Leeds: President’s Day: Annual General Meeting, Presidential Address by Dr John Knight, Reception and Buffet.


Volunteers needed to assist with the Society’s programme of meetings and field excursions from 2017

The Society’s programme of meetings and excursions has been amongst the most important and most widely appreciated parts of its work throughout its long life, but this has always, and continues to, depend on the contributions of our members – for ideas for meeting and excursion themes, as speakers and field meeting leaders, and as organisers and coordinators for particular elements or events in each year’s programme.
As the Programme Committee and Council start work on our 2017 programme, can you offer suggestions or help? In addition to more general ideas or offers, perhaps for particular meeting, Council is urgently seeking nominations to fill the role of Programme Secretary, as our Interim Programme Secretary, Dr Earl Howath, who stepped into the position at very short notice earlier this year, feels that he could not take on the role on a longer term basis.  (Council feels that as in sdome similar societies the workload of the Programme Secretary could be split if there is a willing volunteer to serve as Assistant Field Excursion Secretary, working in conjunction with the Programme Secretary and Programme Committee.)
Any member who feel they can contribute either on a one-off basis or in one or other of these roles are invited to discuss their interest with the General Secretary (Paul Hildreth, telephone: 01652) 655784; e-mail: <paul.hildreth46@gmail.com> or the President (John Knight, telephone: 01773 836253; e-mail: <jaknightuk@btinternet.com>.

Geotrails in Upper Ribblesdale - an opportunity for fieldwork
Following a number of successful recent joint field excursions (e.g. Clitheroe in June of this year), Committee representatives of GeoLancashire have invited this Society to support them in completion of their popular Geotrails series of pocket geological and geomorphological trail guides which aim to cover the full length of the River Ribble Catchment.  Council of this Society has unanimously approved formal collaboration to assist completion of at least two Geotrail guides to cover Upper Ribblesdale.
GeoLancashire is an amalgamation of the former Lancashire RIGS Group and the Lancashire Group of the Geologists’ Association.  To date seven pocket guides in the series Ribble Catchment Geotrails have been completed.  These can be downloaded from the GeoLancashire website: www.geolancashire.org.uk.  It should be noted that for each popular fold-out guide, there is also downloadable back-up information which covers in considerable detail the geological and geomorphological data on which the Geotrails guide has been prepared.  The remaining section of the Ribble Catchment still to be covered by Geotrails guides falls approximately between Settle and Ribblehead, appropriately in the Yorkshire section of the catchment.
The Geotrails management group of GeoLancashire welcomes assistance from members of Yorkshire Geological Society who can join them in walking out the potential trail routes, to identify appropriate visit locations and geological, geomorphological, and industrial heritage features which merit inclusion and description in each guide, plus any logistical considerations.  Assistance will also be welcome from members who have particular knowledge of this area, who even if they are unable to participate in the fieldwork, will be willing to write up or review the back-up documentation which is needed to support the summarised description in the pocket guide.  It is likely that visits to the area to walk out and investigate the routes will be coordinated for mid-week, while editorial discussions will probably be via e-mail.
This is an opportunity for a small group of Society members to assist this very worthwhile project, for which the support of the Society will be fully acknowledged.  Participation of individuals will be on a voluntary basis, and in consequence the Society will not be in a position to reimburse any expenses other than for any specific activity or task agreed in advance and approved by Council.
Members who wish to participate are invited to express interest in the first instance to the President (Dr John Knight – tel. 01773 836253; jaknightuk@btinternet.com) or General Secretary (Mr Paul Hildreth- tel. 01652 655784; paul.hildreth46@gmail.com), who will coordinate with the GeoLancashire Geotrails management group.
John Knight, President

Extensions to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks

On 1 August 2016 the Government introduced changes to the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks.
The area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been increased substantially (by nearly a quarter – 161 square miles), covering for the first time areas of both the present-day Cumbria and Lancashire counties. To the north the extension includes a number of features of geological and landscape importance, including the the Howgill Fells, Great Asby Scar, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang, and the settlements that surround them. The extension to the west includes similarly important geological features and landscapes including Casterton, Middleton, Barbon and Leck Fells, and River Lune valley including Devil’s Bridge.

The extensions to the Lake District National Park are smaller, increasing the area of the Park by about 3%, but include Birkbeck Fells Common, Bretherdale and Borrowdale in the east, and Helsington Barrows, Sizergh Fell, part of the Lyth valley  and parts of Whinfell and Grayrigg. One significant effect of the combined extensions is that except for the built-up areas around Kendal the M6 motorway will now form a common boundary between the two National Parks. For further details and links to new maps of the extended national parks go to:

Book Reviews

The geology of Eigg (2nd Edition) by John D Hudson, Angus D Miller and Ann Allwright
Published by the Edinburgh Geological Society (Price £7.50; £6 to EGS members); available from booksales@edinburghgeolsoc.org.
Though the island of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides is perhaps somewhat removed from the usual remit of the Yorkshire Geological Society many members will have travelled in that area and be familiar with the spectacular scenery and the dramatic geology on display. The increase in available accommodation on the island in recent years makes a visit to Eigg and adjacent islands a more reasonable proposition than was once the case.
The visitor to Eigg seeking a simple, readable introduction to the geology will need look no further than this new edition of the Edinburgh Geological Society Guide. Even those not expecting to ever get to the island will enjoy browsing through and reading this modestly-priced, beautifully printed and illustrated, 68-page booklet. The Guide has been written by an authoritative team of authors led by John Hudson with, between them, many decades of experience of investigating the rocks and fossils of the island. After an introductory, scene-setting chapter, the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Palaeogene rocks are considered in turn.
The past controversy concerning the origin of the enigmatic Sgurr, Eigg’s most prominent and dramatic geological feature, is discussed at some length. A chapter on the glacial and post-glacial history follows. The booklet concludes with seven excursion itineraries which permit the visitor to view the main geological formations and features previously described.  These excursions will provide the visitor with an excellent introduction to the varied delights of the Mesozoic sediments and the overlying volcanic rocks as well as to the numerous igneous intrusions that cut them. 
Reading this Guide reminds me that it is far too long since my last visit to Eigg and that it is high time I went again. I do not doubt that many others will be similarly inspired by this highly recommended publication.
Douglas Holliday
A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells by A. Wainwright, 50th Anniversary Edition (Frances Lincoln Ltd., London), boxed set of seven hardback pocket guides totalling 2,128 pages, now available from Postscript Books, Newton Abbot, Devon: http://psbooks.co.uk/ at the much reduced price of £40.00 the set.
For most of his working life Alfred Wainwright was the Borough Treasurer of Kendal, but as as passionate fellwalker and gifted artist he spent almost all his spare time over more than half a century exploring and sketching the more than 200 Lake District mountains and fells. He brought this work together in a unique series of pocket guides to each of seven Lakeland areas, illustrated with his drawings, sketch maps and diagrams, and with all the text in his own handwriting – publications that were almost indispensable to generations of walkers and other lovers of the Lake District.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first of Wainwright’s Lakeland Fell guides new printing plates were made from each page of his original art work and from these plates this seven volume 50th Anniversary Edition has been published, and is now available at less than half the original publication price boxed set of £99.99.
Patrick Boylan        

YGS Membership Secretary

In September 2015 Dr John Varker, a long-standing member and supporter of the Society and a current Council Member, took over as Membership Secretary.  Council is most grateful to John for this. Subscriptions for 2016 were due on 1st January, and most of these were collected by direct debit from the majority of members around that date.  If you still pay by cheque or standing order please consider changing to a direct debit. This saves a great deal of work for the Society, is simpler for the member, and is fully guaranteed by the banking system.  Please contact the Membership Secretary if you feel able to change to a direct debit, and/or can add a Gift Aid declaration to your membership – for which we can claim 25% extra from the government at no cost to the member.
Contact details:
Dr. W.J. VARKER, Membership Secretary, Yorkshire Geological Society, 15, Otley Old Road, Lawnswood, Leeds. LS16 6HB.  Telephone: (0113) 2673554, Email: williamjohn.varker@sky.com

YGS-Members Forum email "Listserv"

Courtesy of the national Joint Academic Computer Network the Society has a "Listserv" type email system "YGS-Members Forum" for rapid communication (e.g. about updates and changes in programmes and events) between the YGS officers and event organisers and the members registered with the system. It also allows individual registered members to communicate with other members. This is a secure system controlled online by each registered member once they have been registered by the YGS, and anyone can remove themselves from the system at any time.
If you are not yet registered with the YGS-Members Forum and wish to do so, or at least try it out, please send your email address and name to the Circular and Website Editor, Patrick Boylan, at P.Boylan@city.ac.uk.

The net part of Proceedings of Yorkshire Geological Society (vol. 61 Pt. 2) will be published before the end of the year. Until th4n most of the contents - see below - can already be accessed are available through the Online First facility in the Lyell Collection at: http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/

Online First Contents publicly available at 14 October 2016;

Stewart Molyneux. Editorial: Introduction to papers in this part
Rory Mortimore: Obituary: Christopher John Wood (1939–2016)
Marie-Pierre Aubry, Christian Dupuis, William A. Berggren, Holeil Ghaly, David Ward, Chris King, obert W. O'B. Knox, Khaled Ouda, and Moustafa Youssef: The role of geoarchaeology in the preservation and management of the Theban Necropolis, West Bank, Egypt.
John H. Powell and James B. Riding: Stratigraphy, sedimentology and structure of the Jurassic (Callovian to Lower Oxfordian) succession at Castle Hill, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK
K. S. Davies-Vollum, P. D. Guion, J. A. Knight, and A. Smith: Geology of Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK
Roger C. Searle, Brian Young, and Elijah Mwandoe: The Palaeogene Armathwaite–Cleveland Dyke in upper Teesdale, northern England: magnetic characteristics and relationship to mineralization
Mike Romano and Robert Taylor: Notes on new xiphosurid (horseshoe crab) trackways from the Middle Jurassic of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, UK
Stephen. K. Donovan and David N. Lewis: Echinoids (Mississippian, Visean) of the Peak District, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, UK
S. K. Donovan and F. E. Fearnhead: An enigmatic echinoid spine from south Devon, UK: Devonian or Cretaceous?

Proceedings now fully digitised from vol. 1 (1839) to vol. 61 Part 2 (2015) with free online access to individual YGS members
Instructions for YGS member access to the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 1839 to 2015 in the Lyell Collection
This notice contains important information that will enable you to access the online.  Please make sure that you retain the address label from the envelope containing your latest YGS Circular– this contains your YGS membership number, which you will need to activate your subscription.
Following the launch of the Proceedings in the Lyell Collection, individual members who subscribe to the journal can now view the entire archive from Volume 1 (1839) online.
Before you can access the Proceedings online, you will need to activate your subscription. To do this, go to the YGS Proceedings subscription activation page:
http://www.lyellcollection.org/cgi/activate/ibasic and enter your subscriber ID number in the bottom right hand box.  Your subscriber ID is your YGS membership number,
which is the four digit number shown in the top left hand corner of the address label, with the prefix YGS (e.g. YGS9999). (Ignore the reference to "Institutional Subscription
Access" at the top, and to "payment confirmation letter) "on the bottom line: just put your YGS membership number in the box on the bottom line and press the "submit" button.)
Follow the instructions on the next screen and complete parts A and B.  In part B, you will need to set your own user name and password, which you will use when you next login
to the Proceedings site in the Lyell Collection. Once you have activated your subscription, you will be able to browse the PYGS archive. For subsequent access, go direct to the PYGS site on the Lyell Collection web site at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/
(Please note that if you have access rights to other parts of the Lyell Collection, e.g. as a Fellow of the Geological Society, you need to connect via the YGS option, not as part of your Geological Society (or other) options.
The links to both the subscription activation page and your regular login are live on this YGS Home Page and/or can be copied and pasted into your web browser.
Stewart Molyneux
Principal Editor, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

SURPLUS COPIES OF "Carboniferous hydrocarbon geology- the Southern North Sea and surrounding onshore areas" Occasional Publication No 7 (2005).

By decision of Council, the remaining stock of this highly regarded volume will now be made available for disposal to members of the Society and attendees at Society meetings. Copies can be obtained at forthcoming meetings; it is suggested that a donation to Society funds of £2.00 per copy will be appropriate.

Other Geological and related books offered

Our long-standing member, Peter Robinson of Scasrborough is currently “down-sizing” and has generously donated to the Society a run of over 50 years of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.
He is also looking to dispose of around 60 geological books and maps, as listed on the website at: http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/robinson.doc Any member interested in making an offer for any of these can contact Peter by email at: p.robinson280@btinternet.com 



(Please contact the society representatives and/or websites shown for the latest information, and if you would like to attend a particular meeting as a guest)
CRAVEN & PENDLE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Paul Kabrna e-mail: paul_kabrna@hotmail.com or http://www.cpgs.org.uk/ (usual meeting place for indoor lectures: The Rainhall Centre, Barnoldswick)
Friday 11th November: Rebecca Williams Ph.D., University of Hull: Deadly volcanic flows: understanding pyroclastic density currents
Friday 9th December: Nigel Mountney Ph.D., University of Leeds: The Preserved Sedimentary Record of Giant Rivers: Examples from Yorkshire, Around the World and Beyond
CUMBERLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary: Rosemary Vidler, 11 Blencathra View, Threlkeld, Cumbria; http://www.cumberland-geol.soc.org.uk phone no 017687 79326, e-mail: rosevidler@freeuk.com;
Wednesday 9th November, 19.30:  Location: Braithwaite Institute on A66 (GR: NY233241): Prof. Mike Hambrey: Glaciers and Climate Change, and their relevance to Cumbria
Wednesday 14th December, 19.30:  Location: Friends’ Meeting House, Elliot Park, Keswick, CA12 5NZ: Members’ Evening
EAST MIDLANDS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Janet Slater, tel. 01509-843.297; e-mail: secretary@emgs.org.uk or http://www.emgs.org.uk (Venue - Please note the change from previous years! Meetings are now in the Geography Department of Nottingham University, which is in the Sir Clive Granger Building. Enter the university by the North Entrance, off the A52, and follow signs to the Main Visitor Car Park. As you turn right into the car park, the Sir Clive Granger Building is on your left.)
Saturday 12th November: Dr Nick Longrich, Universityof Bath:Giant marine reptiles and whales during the Eocene - Oligocene cooling event
Saturday 10th December: Dr Tom Dijkstra, Loughborough University and BGS: Geohazards in Central China: landslides in loess and the 2010 Zhouqu debris flow disaster
EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Secretary:  Jessica De Freitas email: jessica.defreitas@aecom.com
Thursday 12 November: Dr Nick Longrich, University of Bath: Giant marine reptiles and whales during the Eocene-Oligocene cooling event
Thursday 10 December: Dr Tom Dijkstra, Loughborough University and BGS: Geohazards in Central China: landslides in loess and the 2010 Zhouwqu debris flow disaster
EDINBURGH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: e-mail: secretary@edinburghgeolsoc.org; http://edinburghgeolsoc.org/; Lectures Secretary: Graham Leslie, British Geological Survey, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 0ET, tel. 0131-650.0266, e-mail: agle@bgs.ac.uk. Lectures are held in the Grant Institute of the University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm, except where stated otherwise. These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are welcome. Tea and biscuits are served after the lectures, upstairs in the Cockburn Museum of the Grant Institute. (See http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps for location.)
Wed. 26th October: Dr Tim Kearsey, BGS: Palaeosols as evidence of terrestrial climate change at major Palaeozoic vertebrate evolutionary events
Wed. 9th November: Dr Charlotte Vye-Brown, BGS Scotland: Volcanic Hazards
Wed. 23rd November: Prof Brian Upton, University of Edinburgh: Volcanoes and the Making of Scotland
Wed. 7th December: Fellows' Night
THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: http://www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/ (For further details please check with the website or e-mail Sarah Stafford at the GA Office: geol.assoc@btinternet.com, tel. 020 7434 9298)
HUDDERSFIELD GEOLOGY GROUP: Contact: Phil Robinson, 01484-715.298. http://www.huddersfieldgeology.org.uk/ Meetings at Greenhead College, Huddersfield, on Monday evenings at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
Mon. 14 November: Nick Shaw: Hydrocarbon habitat and energy resources, conventional or unconventional
Mon. 12 December: Christmas Do, Meal at the Croppers Arms in Marsh.
HULL GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Mike Horne. Tel: 01482 346 784 or e-mail: secretary@Hullgeolsoc.org.uk web: http://www.hullgeolsoc.org.uk/hgmeet.htm/ (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Department of Geography, University of Hull, at 7.30 pm. N.B. for security reasons the door is locked at 7.40pm). The Club Nights are open to members of the Society, University Students and interested members of the public. At the end of each of these meeting we will choose the topic or topics for the following meeting. Those attending are encouraged to bring some appropriate specimens, photographs, models or texts to contribute to the evening. The Club Night meetings start at 7-45pm. For further information ‘phone 01482 346784.
Thursday 20th October: Mark Seaward and Mike Horne on "Geolichenology of churchyards". Saturday 5th November - afternoon meeting – Joint meeting with the Yorkshire Geological Society on the later Quaternary of the southern North Sea  - “Doggerland”.
November - evening lecture - Dr Sarah King of the Yorkshire Museum.
Thursday 15th December: Dr Anna Bird of Hull University on “Metamorphism of the Caledonides of Scotland, deformation of a mountain belt”.
LANCASHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION: Secretary: Jennifer Rhodes, e-mail: sjrhodes@hotmail.com
LEEDS GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION – PLEASE NOTE SEVERAL CHANGES:  General Secretary: William Fraser Tel: 0113 2608764 e-mail: lga.sec@btinternet.com; Field Meetings Secretary: David Holmes. Tel: 01423 888997 E.mail: holmsey@taltalk.net; new Association website address: http://www.leedsga.org.uk/  (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre (Michael Sadler Building) Leeds University at 7-15pm)
Thursday 13th October: Prof. Phil Manning, Manchester University: Imaging Life on Earth.
LEICESTER LITERARY & PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY – SECTION C GEOLOGY: Chairman and contact: Dr. Joanne E. Norris, 0116 283 3127, j.e.norris @ ntlworld.com; Website: http://www.charnia.org.uk/ Usual meeting place for indoor lectures (unless otherwise stated): Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester at 7.30pm, refreshments from 7.00pm.
MANCHESTER GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: http://www.mangeolassoc.org.uk Sue Plumb, Hon. General Secretary: e-mail: secretary@mangrolassoc.org.uk; programme enquiries: lectures@mangeolassoc.org.uk. (Usual meeting place for indoor lectures: Williamson Building, Department of Geology, University of Manchester)
19 November at 10:00 - The Broadhurst Lectures: The Climate History of the Earth The venue for this meeting only is the Cordingley Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester Saturday 10 December at 13:30: Recent Discoveries in British Palaeontology: Cindy Howells, National Museum Wales, Dean Lomax ,University of Manchester, Russell Garwood , University of Manchester and Dr Jenny Clack, TW:eed project
NORTH EASTERN GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Prof. Gillian FG Foulger, University of Durham, tel. 0191-334.2314, e-mail: g.r.foulger@durham.ac.uk. Lectures are at 7.30pm in the Arthur Holmes Lecture Room, Science Laboratories Site, University of Durham. There is now a website specifically for N.E.G.S.: For access, click on the following address: http://www.negs.org.uk
Friday 21st October, 2016: Alex Peace, Durham University: An evaluation of Mesozoic rift-related magmatism on the margins of the Labrador Sea: implications for rifting and passive margin asymmetry
18th November: Gillian R. Foulger, Durham University: Human-induced earthquakes
16th December: Members' evening: Paul Newton & Gordon Liddle - The Tertiary volcanics of southern France
NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST: Director: Mike Windle, 01947 881000, email:  contact@neyorksgeologytrust.com/. The Trust has recently moved from its old base in Robin Hood’s Bay to the Northallerton area. Please use the email address above ro contact the Trust for the moment.
Sunday 30th October: Marine Life Past and Present: the Boat Shed at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, near Whitby: Rock and Fossil Show 10am to 3pm; 2 hour Guided Walk from the Boat Shed leaves at 10am.
NORTHERN REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON: Secretary: Dr Mark Allen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham, e-mail: m.b.allen@durham.ac.uk
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE GROUP OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCATION: Barbara Kleiser, email: Barbara.kleiser:gmail.com;  http://www.esci.keele.ac.uk/nsgga/ (usual meeting place for indoor meetings: William Smith Building, University of Keele at 7.30pm)
Thursday 10th November. Wolverson Cope Lecture: ‘Diversity’s Big Bang: Early Palaeozoic radiations and the history of life’. Professor David Harper (Durham University)
ROTUNDA GEOLOGY GROUP (SCARBOROUGH): contact Sue Rawson, tel. 01723-506.502, email: suerawson@yahoo.co.uk http://www.rotundageologygroup/ (usual meeting place Room Quad 4, Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull, Filey Road, Scarborough at 7.30pm).
Thursday 3rd  November: North Yorkshire’s Sleeping Giant: shale gas: Fred Hughes, Third Energy
Thursday 8th December: Members’ Evening
WESTMORLAND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: contact: E-mail: mail@westmorlandgeolsoc.org.uk http://westmorlandgeolsoc.co.uk/ Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 8 pm (unless otherwise stated) and are held in the Abbot Hall Social Centre, Dowker's Lane, Kendal.Visitors are welcome on payment of a £2 fee.
16th November: Prof. Mike Hambrey, University of Aberystwyth:  Climate Change from a Geological Perspective
14th December at 7.30pm: members’ Evening and Jacob’s Join.
YORKSHIRE MID-WEEK GEOLOGY GROUP: West Yorkshire based informal mainly amateur and retired group that organises monthly field meetings or museum visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Details in regular Newsletters and on the Group’s new website: http://mwggyorkshire.org.uk/. Contact: mwggyorkshire@virginmedia.com
Tuesday 15 November: Northcliffe Woods Project with Derek Barker and The History and Stones of Saltaire (Unesco World Heritage Site) with Roger Clarke of Saltaire History Group
YORKSHIRE REGIONAL GROUP OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Contact: Mark Lee: Yorkshireregionalgroup@gmail.com
Wednesday 2nd November, Leeds (details to follow): Dr Andrew Farrant: Remapping the Chalk - faulting implications for hydrogeology and groundwater models.
Wednesday 7th December, Leeds (details to follow): Prof. David Norbury: An Update on Eurocode 7.

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Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape – the popular YGS Field Guide, Third Edition

Yorkshire, famed for its scenic beauty and its rich industrial heritage, contains some of the most interesting geology and scenery in England , from the moors to the coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. The influence of the geology on the landscape and on the industrial development in the region is profound.  

This book is a stimulating field guide to twenty-one locations selected to give comprehensive coverage of the geology, minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms of the area. Excursions vary from easy half–day walks to longer outings. Some are in moorland areas such as the Craven Inliers and the Pennines; others cover the Dinosaur Coast, famous for its rugged beauty and natural history, and coalfields adjacent to the major cities.

  Aimed at beginners and more experienced geologists, the book includes a general introduction to the area’s geological history, detailed location maps, a full glossary of terms, and details of local museums.

  Yorkshire Rocks and Landscape will be used and enjoyed by all those interested in the geology and natural heritage of this exciting and diverse region, especially the links between landscape and the underlying geology,

 About the Authors: The field guide, edited by Drs. Colin Scrutton and John Powell, has contributions from knowledgeable academics, professional geologists and dedicated amateurs, many of them members of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Together in this book they provide the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to the geology of Yorkshire and surrounding areas currently available.  

Published: September 2006; 224 pp, 22 figures.  Price 9.99, plus postage and packing 3.35. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

  Also available at indoor meetings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (no p&p) and from selected bookshops.

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New Edition 2004 with minor revisions: price 9.99 plus 3.35 postage and packing

Price £9.99, plus £3.35 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "Yorkshire Geological Society".  Please send your order to: Dr Claire Dashwood, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG. E-mail: cfoster@bgs.ac.uk

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Important notice to Members and others: Short Communications: Proceedings and Circular/Website

Rapid publication of short papers is common amongst journals, particularly those published weekly, monthly or bi-monthly, as a way of disseminating information quickly on topical or contentious issues, exceptional new discoveries or major developments.   Given its publication schedule, the adoption of such a publication strategy is not appropriate for the Proceedings.  Nevertheless, as a way of encouraging the membership to make more use of the Proceedings, and for that matter the Society’s other vehicles for publication, the Circular and web site, Council would welcome more short communications. Short communications submitted to the Proceedings might include anything for which it would be worth having a permanent published record, for example descriptions of new and/or temporary exposures.  Those intended for the Circular or web site could include more topical or newsworthy items, including brief reports of field meetings, new fossil/mineral occurrences, photographs of interesting geological features with a brief description or the work of RIGS groups. Short communications to the Proceedings should not exceed two published pages, approximately 2,000 words (or equivalents including figures) and will be subject to the normal review and editorial procedures, although a Summary will not be necessary. Please send your contributions in the usual manner to the Editors (see ‘Instructions to Authors’ in the PYGS as a general guideline).

For the A5 format of the Circular (and web site), contributions should be 300-400 words, but can include colour photographs and figures; these will also be subject to editorial review. These items should be sent to the Circular Editor in the first instance (see back page of the Circular for details).

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Please send all copy (including Corresponding Society Autumn meeting programmes) to the Circular and Website Editor, Patrick Boylan - email: P.Boylan@city.ac.uk/ post: 2a Compass Road, Leicester LE5 2HF.

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