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A Word From Our President

The YGS has a long tradition of promoting field geology in the north of England, with excursions led by among the foremost field geologists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our summer Circular launches the YGS programme of field excursions for 2017, please also see the programme page on our website and links to the webpages of our corresponding societies for details of other field excursions and events over the summer.

In April 2017 the British Geological Survey released a virtually complete archive of its printed publications since 1835, all free to view online. These include not only the BGS sheet memoirs but also a range of other publications including regional guides, subsurface memoirs, survey bulletins, open file reports, world mineral statistics and geochemical atlases. The archive includes all past editions of these publications as well as the most recently released versions. They are delivered as colour image files for online viewing, and are best consulted on a desktop PC, laptop or tablet PC.

These publications, and the sheet memoirs in particular, present an unrivalled and comprehensive record of field-based geological surveys in the UK (and overseas) with detailed records of exposures ranging from the most ephemeral of surface excavations to classic sections of international standing. A browse through the authorship of various editions of the memoirs for northern England reveals the thorough and dedicated work of many of our society members past and present, including numerous officers, presidents and medallists of the YGS. As a geologist at BGS for over 30 years it's great to see this remarkable archive released online and full marks to the publications team at BGS for making this happen. Together with the YGS Proceedings archive in the Lyell Collection, the sheer volume and quality of geological information now available online for the north of England, and for the convenience of professionals and the public alike, is staggering and would have been unthinkable as little as 20 years ago.

The BGS publications viewer can be consulted and searched at British Geological Survey, along with portals to view BGS printed maps online as well as a range of more recent electronic publications. Do have a go at searching for publications of some of the YGS presidents, officers and medallists, and see what comes up — it's quite a list.

Dr. Andrew Howard, President

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  • Posted 5 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Good to see you all yesterday, many thanks to Steve and Paul for your excellent presentation of the geology and geophysics in the afternoon. More pics attached.
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  • Posted 5 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Many thanks to all the speakers, field trip leaders and attendees who came to the Vale of Pickering meeting and field trip today in Scarborough and Cayton Bay - what a great start to the weekend!  Please see attached some photographs taken during the field trip to Cayton Bay.
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  • Posted 8 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Anyone interested in walking and geology may be interested in checking out this page.
    Coast to Coast Walk: Rocks and Scenery
  • Posted 8 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Good evening, we'd like to bring your attention to the British Geological Survey Open Day on Saturday 1st July 2017, which will run from 10am to 4pm. This will include a packed day to illustrate the wide scope and application of the BGS' research. There'll be something for rock lovers of all ages - from amateurs to experiences earth scientists, including talks, tours and lots of hands-on activities for children and adults alike. Explore the rocks and fossil displays, play in augmented reality sandbox, make fossils casts or pan for gold and see how mountains are formed. The event is free to attend, but please register using the online form at http://www.bgs.ac.uk.../events/openday/ where you can also find further information about the range of events and activities on offer.
    Open Day | 2017 | British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Posted 10 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    PROCEEDINGS OF THE YORKSHIRE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY VOL. 61 PT. 3 MAY 2017 PUBLISHED
    The latest Part of the PYGS, an issue of 80 pages, has now been published both in print and online at http://pygs.lyellcollection.org/, with the following contents:
    S.K. Donovan & F.E. Fearnhead: An enigmatic echinoid spine from south Devon, UK: Devonian or Cretaceous?
    Stephen K. Donovan & David N. Lewis: Echinoids (Mississippian, Visean) of the Peak District, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, UK
    C.N. Waters, et al.: Mississippian reef development in the Cracoe Limestone Formation of the southern Askrigg Block, North Yorkshire, UK
    R.G. West: Patterned ground and superficial deposits at Hare Park, Swafffam Bullbeck, Cambridgeshire, England
    Nick Cooper, et al.: Changing coastlines in NE England; a legacy of colliery spoil tipping and the effects of its cessation
    Society Proceedings 2016 Patrick Boylan
    Timeline Photos
  • Posted 11 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    The annual Yorkshire Fossil Festival returns to the Rotunda Museum, Scaborough including displays and activities from a variety of local and national societies and organisations. For further details please visit http://www.yorkshirefossilfestival.co.uk
    Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2017
  • Posted 11 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Joint meeting with the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. The first part of the day will be an overview of the stratigraphy of Lincolnshire's Early Cretaceous rocks, contained in one hillside in the vicinity of the Viking Centre, Claxby. One of these beds is the Claxby Ironstone, which was historically mined in the area. The second part of the programme will be a visit to Claxby Mine, to view the industrial archaeology of the site and discuss the logistics of exploration and transport of the ironstone.
    Claxby Iron Mine & the Lower Cretaceous of Lincolnshire
  • Posted 11 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Joint meeting with the Craven and Pendle Geological Society. This trip will examine the Pendle Grit Formation of the Craven Basin. The variability of the formation will be explored from Waddington Fells Quarry to Wiswell Quarry, showing how the Pendle Grit Formaton differs geographically. Depending on the quarrying activities at the time of the field trip, it may also be possible to see the underlying Bowland Shale. The geological setting will also be discussed in terms of its importance for the formation of hydrocarbon reserves. Please note that the use of hammers is not permitted on this trip. All visitors will be required to bring their own hard hats and high-visibility jackets as Waddington Fells Quarry is an active quarry. As the quarry can get extermely muddy, wellington boots are advisable.
    Carboniferous Geology in the Forest of Bowland
  • Posted 11 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    Joint meeting with the Geologists' Association. A road traverse examining evidence supporting the concept of a glaciation between the classic Anglian and late Devensian glacial events. Meeting at Blossom Hill, just north of Uffington (3km east of Stamford), the exurson will then travel to Welton-le-Wood, stopping at various spots to examine the geological features. See YGS Circular 608 for further details on booking your place on the excursion. A contribution of £5 is required for YGS & GA members, or £10 for non-members.
  • Posted 11 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

    Yorkshire Geological Society
    It's June 1st which means the close of this year's Yorkshire Geology Month. Various activities have been taking place around (and outside) the county including outdoor meetings. I have led two, and co-led a third, of these "field trips" and have been extremely fortunate with the weather; all were accompanied by glorious warm weather and conditions which supported clear views into the distance, a useful thing to have when attempting to relate an area's regional context. A half-day "scramble" on Saturday 20th May was attended by 34 participants of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival. Leaving from the Viking Centre on the outskirts of Claxby village we examined the Lower Cretaceous succession which is wholly contained within one hillside and capped by an exposure of Red Chalk. It includes a very good outcrop of the Claxby Ironstone which is characterised by common large bivalves. On Sunday 28th May a party of 14, mainly made up of members of the BCRA led by Trevor Faulkner, made a 7km round trip of the Castleton reefs and mineral veins. The walk was punctuated by stops to examine crinoidal limestone and galena deposits at Odin's Rake, the Mam Tor landslip, the Mam Tor Beds (in which plant fossils were found), the elaterite deposit of Windy Knoll and the columnar basalt outcrop at the head of Cave Dale, our route back into Castleton. On Wednesday 31st May, the final event of YGM, saw myself and Bill Paley leading 9 other participants on the route of the Ingleton Falls Walk. Despite the volume of visitors (school half-term + glorious weather) we were able to dwell at appropriate places to consider the evidence for the location of the Craven Faults, the attitude of the various Ingletonian rock units, the angular unconformity near Thornton Force (the plunge pool of which was functioning as a lido!), the terminal moraine of Kingsdale and the movement of Devensian ice.
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