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Yorkshire Geological Society Meetings & Field Trips

Each year the Yorkshire Geological Society holds a series of both indoor meetings and field excursions which focus on current ongoing research in the geosciences that relate to the geology of Yorkshire and Northern England. We also collaborate closely with other organisations at local and regional events of relevance.

Ahead of each Society event, every member receives a circular via post, which includes information and a feature about the next upcoming event, as well as other Society news. The latest circular can be found using the following link.

Due to the geographical size of Yorkshire, we always aim to hold our meetings and field excursions over as good a spread as possible across Yorkshire and the North of England. We regularly correspond and joint-host meetings / field trips with other societies, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Facebook page if you have any suggestions for future indoor meetings or field excursions.

Please also take a moment to view our photo gallery from some of our past field trips, showcasing some of Yorkshire’s geological settings. If you have any photographs of your own that you think may be of interest to our membership, why not upload them to our Facebook page to share them with the rest of our members.

Guest Lecture - Prof. Jerry Dickens (University of Texas)

University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 7pm

The Yorkshire Geological Society, University of Leeds and Leeds Geological Association are delighted to host Prof Jerry Dickens (Rice University, Texas in the School of Earth and Environment. Jerry has been a central figure in understanding the importance of carbon cycle dynamics in Earth history and the role carbon plays in regulating global climate over geological timescales.

Jerry's talk will investigate the utility of the vast array of existing carbon isotope records to understand their importance for stratigraphy and to delve further into understanding the history of carbon on our planet.

Abstract: Greater than five thousand stable carbon isotope records have been generated using carbonate or organic carbon components deposited during the Cenozoic. These records, generally expressed in d13C, show major changes over time and between different carbon-bearing components. New records, where the d13C compositions of multiple phases are determined across short intervals of time at the same location, highlight these aspects. Cenozoic d13C records remain crucially interesting and important. Across many time intervals, the d13C composition of multiple phases and at multiple locations shift coherently, at least on the 1000-year cycling time of carbon across Earth's surface. This has been an amazing revelation to the field of stratigraphy, and makes complete sense at a basic level, once one recognizes how carbon moves between the ocean, biosphere and atmosphere. However, the variations in d13C also raise a major problem when one considers requisite carbon masses. Almost assuredly, Earth has at least one major carbon capacitor outside conventional carbon cycle models throughout the Cenozoic and before. A deep view of "carbon isotope stratigraphy" forces one to think outside the box.

Weekend field trip in Horton and Ingleton, 6-7 July 2019

A weekend field trip to demonstrate the Early Palaezoic inliers and overlying Carboniferous Limestone of the Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ingleton areas, North Yorkshire.

Leaders: John Wright, Jack Soper & Nick Riley

For further information see our latest Circular 623.

Call for presentations: Decarbonisation of the Northern Powerhouse,

2 November 2019

A full day Joint Meeting of the Yorkshire Geological Society and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, contributing to the Geological Society of London Year of Carbon, 2019. The convenors are inviting talks of 15-20 minutes on the themes of energy storage, carbon sequestration, geothermal energy, hydrogen replacement of natural gas, bio-energy, and decarbonisation of transport and mineral production. Posters may also be considered. For further details see our Call for Presentations.