Available Now: Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman

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Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman

The Yorkshire Geological Society is pleased to announce the publication of Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman, a biography by Colin Speakman.

Published jointly by YGS and Gritstone Publishing Co-operative Ltd, the book tells the story of the upbringing, professional life and research of Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873, one of the great figures of Geology and of Victorian-era British Science. Colin Speakman, already well known for his writings and broadcasts on the Yorkshire Dales, carries the reader from Sedgwick's humble beginnings in Dent to his academic position of Woodwardian Professor at the University of Cambridge. Because of the detailed research by the author the book will appeal not only to readers with an interest in the history of science but also to those who enjoy a fast-moving and diverse story of success, often against all the odds. Lovers of Yorkshire, and in particular the Dales, will find much to enjoy.

For further information or to buy your copy today, see our dedicated webpage.

A Word From Our President

Cities and the ‘built environment’ are places where the footprint of humans exerts the greatest pressure on our planet. In 1987 the United Nations Brundtland Report ‘Our Common Future’ identified, for the first time, a series of interconnected, global challenges for sustainable development, and agreed some targets to address them.Three decades on, the world’s greatest cities are continuing to grow at a staggering rate, and achieving the Brundtland Report’s goals remains as challenging as ever.

In the first half of my career at BGS in the 1980s and 90s, my geological mapping assignments were mainly focused on several of our cities in the Midlands and North of England, notably Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. At the time, typical outputs of these studies were suites of thematic, environmental geology maps showing constraints (mainly hazards and contamination) and opportunities (mainly conventional energy and mineral resources) for development.

Liverpool excepted, all of these cities have been extensively undermined for coal and the legacy of these former workings was seen as a challenge for new building development in terms of ground stability and pervasive contamination. Although these maps were ‘state of the art’ at the time they lacked the basic 3D information and time-series observations to enable a more thorough understanding of complex processes in the subsurface, and the associated risks and opportunities.

The rise of new spatial information systems with much improved geological information, together with installation of networked observatories to monitor human impacts on the subsurface, is driving a more positive approach where geological features that were once perceived as constraints are now being re-evaluated and developed as future opportunities. Our next indoor meeting at Newcastle will present a series of case studies that demonstrate some of the new geological data available for cities and novel best practices for managing hazards and resources sustainably. Following experiences in Glasgow for example, many of our former coalfield cities are now looking at the legacy of mine waters as a potential source of heat. In Newcastle, brownfield soils that were once considered a challenge for remediation are now being assessed and monitored as potential sequestration sites for atmospheric carbon dioxide. More widely throughout the UK, novel real-time observations allied with data -mining approaches to re-use and re-purpose existing environmental data are enabling better models, risk assessments and remediation of contaminants and hazards in cities.

Do come along to our Newcastle meeting and see four excellent speakers present a vision of how best practices developed and shared across the UK, Europe and Asia have the potential to transform the world’s cities through better use of information and knowledge of their subsurface environment.

Dr. Andrew Howard, President

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    This Ingletonian rippled turbidite sandstone deposited in the Iapetus Ocean is seen near Beezley Falls on the River Doe, Ingleton. It is representative of the Lower Palaeozoic basement rocks in Yorkshire. The enigmatic Ingletonian rocks were initially described by Leedal & Walker (1953) as Precambrian. Subsequent workers reassigned them to the Lower Ordovician, whilst others still prefer a Precambrian age.
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    Nearly finished! An enjoyable task for the dark, cold evenings in front of a coal fire. The terrestrial parts were straightforward but the sea proved to be more challenging.
    Nearly finished!  An enjoyable task for the dark, cold evenings in fro
  • Posted 3 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

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    Yorkshire Geological Society Indoor Meeting
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    A flavour of the types of fossils that the John Phillips Medalist Dr. Nick Riley collected in the Carboniferous Craven Basin. Left to right: Ammonoid in the Clitheroe Bellman Limestone Member, Trilobite in the Salterforth Bowland Shale, and Crinoid calyx in the Bellman Limestone Member,
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  • Posted 13 Weeks Ago By Yorkshire Geological Society

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    For further information on lectures and speakers, see:
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    Looking south over William Smith's former home at Hackness, the Tabular Hills and the Vale of Pickering in the new 3D Geology Viewer from BGS. Have a play yourself at http://mapapps.bgs.a...in3d/index.html?
    Looking south over William Smith's former home at Hackness, the Tabula
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    PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS, YORKSHIRE'S ANCIENT STORMS by Dr ANDY HOWARD For full details see: http://www.yorksgeol...ABLE/meeting.pdf This Presidential Address reviews examples of ancient storms preserved in the geological record of northern England, ranging in age from early Carboniferous to mid Jurassic. The examples include successions recently demonstrated in YGS field trips and indoor meetings, and enable comparisons to be drawn with similar and dramatic storm events that have made the news at the present day. The presentation will show how these short-lived extreme events have shaped the geological history of northern England, and also explain the key role they played in the evolution of the vertebrates in the early Carboniferous.
    AGM and President's Address, Yorkshire's Ancient Storms
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    RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN GEOFORENSICS
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    The printed Circular (#610 for Nov. 2017) is now printing and will be mailed out to members in the next few days.
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    Wow. Could YGS become a new national geological society? To join, see http://www.yorksgeol...k/membership.php
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