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President's Word

As a very junior and undergraduate officer of the Institute of Geological Sciences (as it was then called) working in the South East England unit, I was occasionally asked to visit the basement archives in the Geological Museum, Exhibition Road, where the original field slips of generations of Survey geologists were stored.

This was an Aladdin's cave, not only of geological information, but also a wealth of rarely seen, probably long-lost, pieces of literary and artistic talent. Much of it was to be found on the reverse of the six-inch base maps in the form of pen and ink drawings and scribed poetry. One could imagine the hungry field geologist finding a peaceful spot, above a slow-moving river perhaps, and being overawed by the beauty and tranquility of the English countryside so much that they were inspired to record their thoughts through prose, poetry and sketch.

My personal 'artistic moment', though nowhere near the quality of that in South Kensington, was experienced during my undergraduate mapping in the Ingleton inlier. I stopped for lunch on a wooded slope alongside the River Doe and was treated to the sight on an adult chaffinch feigning a broken wing in its attempt to lead a weasel away from its nest site. That action of bravery, set in such splendid sylvan surroundings, had me scribbling a few lines on the back of my field slips but, sadly, they have no survived the test of time. I often wonder what happened to those potential masterpieces in the Geology Museum basement.

It comes as no surprise that people have been inspired by landscape and breath-taking views; I never tire of the vistas provided from the tops of Staxton Hill and Bempton Cliffs, nor of that first sight of Thronton Force as you ascend the valley of the River Twiss. At the root of all these wonderful landscapes and views are the rocks and structures that provide the framework for Nature's sculpture. Fortunately, there are those (unlike me!) who have the skills to incorporate the inspirational world around them in their work, and our meeting at Hull will highlight some of those who have been influenced by the variety of geology and landscape in Yorkshire.

Thanks must go to the organisers of the event, Professors Patrick Boylan and Valerie Sanders, our hosts University of Hull and to all of the many contributors to the day's programme. I look forward to welcoming as many people as possible in HUll.

Paul Hildreth, YGS President

NEW! Guide to the Geology of Bempton Cliffs created by YGS for RSPB

It is with great pleasure that we're able to inform you of the creation of a field guide by the YGS, on behalf of RSPB, the geology of Bempton Cliffs outlining the geological setting of the iconic chalk cliffs at RSPB Bempton Nature Reserve.

Hard copies of the flyer will be available in the Seabird Centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs from Spring 2019.

Further details regarding RSPB Bempton Cliffs can be found on the RSPB website, including information on updated bird sightings throughout the year.

Yorkshire Geology Day 2019

The Society's annual open event, free to attend for both members and the general public alike, is scheduled for Saturday 27th April 2019 at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME), Caphouse Colliery, near Wakefield.

The morning session will commence at 10am with a variety of displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities provided by local societies and groups from across the region. In addition, the YGS will offer an Identification Desk and Sales Desk, and Dr John Knight will again be offering the ever-popular Rock Cutting and Polishing stand. An added attraction for 2019 is the offer from sculptor Desmond Brett, whose work is often inspired by geology and landscape, to contribute a small exhibition and practical demonstration of his work, based on Yorkshire Coast ammonites.

Guides walks, both underground and across the surface, will be on offer; NCMME management has asked that anyone wishing to take an underground tour should book ahead by contacting the museum. Further details will follow in due course.

The theme for the afternoon session, starting at 2pm, will be focused around "Geology and the Natural World" with contributions that look at aspects of geology and their influence on birds, plants and other living things.

Yorkshire Geology Month 2019

This now long-established festival of the geology of Yorkshire and our wider north of England region, will again follow on from Yorkshire Geology Day and will run through the month of May; relying heavily on the co-operation and goodwill of many of our local groups and societies. YGM 2019 will offer both indoor and outdoor meetings at venues across the county (and in some cases outside of Yorkshire!) and cater for a wide range of interests. At the time of writing the programme has not been finalised, but will include events in York, Sheffield, Hull, Withernsea, Bridlington, Durham and Claxby (Lincolnshire). Any further events added to the YGM 2019 programme will be updated in due course.

If you or your organisation or group feel that you could contribute to YGM, either in 2019 or in the future, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Overview of YGS website updates in 2018

2018 has seen further advancements to, and the continued evolution of, the YGS website. New dedicated webpages have been created in 2018, one to provide information on the available grants and awards offered by the Society, and another dedicated to the launch of the Adam Sedgwick book, and a YGS archive containing a back catalogue of YGS Circulars and other information related to the YGS. This will continue to be updated with content as it becomes available, and as new incentives / projects get underway in coming years will continue to expand as a place for people to access archive content and information.

As part of the Sedgwick Book launch YGS opened a PayPal account, allowing people to purchase copies of the book securely, directly from the YGS website. In the past few months a link has also been added to the Membership page of the website to allow people to pay their membership fees through the YGS PayPal account. It should be noted that any new members paying through PayPal will still need to download and submit a membership form (downloadable via the YGS website) to ensure that the Society has all of the necessary information to activate their membership and provide new members with the full benefits of membership, including receiving hard copies of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.

The website continues to be used to communicate information on upcoming Society events, including downloadable flyers for each event which are produced thanks to members of YGS Council. It is proposed to continue with this system, which allows information to be updated as details of upcoming events and finalised; ensuring that the website is always up-to-date with the most current information for members to access. There is also the potential for these flyers to be distributed by e-mail ahead of meetings as a ‘reminder’ system. Further details of this will follow in due course in 2019.

On numerous occasions the YGS website has been used for people wanting to to contact the YGS, via the contact form included on the website. This highlights the importance of maintaining a strong presence on the internet and providing a platform for people to communicate with the Society.

The website also provides an increasing number of links to external websites of our Corresponding Societies and links to other events and information, to provide YGS members with information on a variety of different events occurring throughout the region, or events related to the geology of Yorkshire or Northern England.

We are always open to suggestions for new content and information to be included on the website, or upcoming events that members feel would be of interest to other members. Any suggestions or feedback can be emailed to the website editor.

Further evolution and expansion of the YGS website is envisaged in 2019, particularly ways to ensure that updates to the website are done in a timely and reactive manner to continue to provide the most up-to-date information and act as a ‘hub’ for the Society. It is also envisaged that the website will look to integrate more with the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, expand the amount of links to upcoming events or information of interest to YGS members, and continue to increase in the amount of content included in the YGS archive. Further integration of the YGS PayPal account may also be explored, to allow purchase of other Society merchandise and publications through via the website.

Keep watching this (web) space!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year from YGS Council

IMPORTANT: Please update your contact details

Thank you to all members you have already updated their contact details using the form included in our May Circular. Council respectfully requests those members who have not yet updated their details, including their email address, to complete and return by post the contact details form enclosed in our next Circular (619).

Alternatively you can download the form here (this downloads the form to your computer's default 'downloads' folder) and return by email to membership@yorksgeolsoc.org.uk.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and kindest regards, YGS Council.

NEW! Yorkshire Geology, Landscape and Literature:

Call for Papers and Readings

Following the very successful 2016 “Yorkshire Geology and Art” conference organised by the Yorkshire Geological Society and the Hull College of Art, the Society is planning a similar one day event, this time on “Yorkshire Geology, Landscapes and Literature”, in partnership with the Hull University English Department and the Hull Geological Society, on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

Over the centuries the diversity and natural beauty of Yorkshire's landscapes and geology have inspired and influenced writers and observers. The organisers are inviting proposals for conference papers of 20 – 30 minutes duration that demonstrate these influences, and also recommendations for possible readings of individual writings or extracts of up to 5 minutes.

For further information see the following flyer.

NEW! Grants for early career scientists and researchers

Grants of up to £1000 are available, please see our Awards and Grants page for more details and information on how to apply.

NEW! Vacancy for Chief Editor,

Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society

Are you looking to broaden your knowledge, expertise and profile as the lead editor of a highly regarded geoscience journal? If so, the Yorkshire Geological Society (YGS) is offering an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and experience.

The Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (PYGS) is a leading UK geoscience journal, published by the Geological Society of London (GSL) and included in the world-renowned Lyell Collection and GeoScienceWorld. Recent PYGS highlights include new research on the sedimentology and palaeoecology of brachiopod shell beds in Mississippian limestones of the Derbyshire carbonate platform, and a new record of ichthyosaur embryos preserved in utero in the Early Jurassic of Yorkshire. A thematic set of papers on the Chalk of the Northern UK Province will be published in the November 2018 issue.

We are seeking a Chief Editor to lead the development of the PYGS from 2019 onwards and oversee publication of new scientific content. You will lead a team of experienced Editors and work in partnership with the Geological Society Publishing House to publish the journal and broaden its reach and impact.

Interested? Please see the job description for more details and information on how to apply.

NEW! 19th International Conference on the Carboniferous & Permian

Cologne, Germany: 29th July - 2nd August 2019

Being organised by a YGS member, the 19th International Conference may be of interest to anyone interested in the geology of Yorkshire and Northern England, with both of these geological periods playing an important role in the geology of the region and the UK as a whole.

Visit the dedicated ICCP 2019 website for further details and updates, or email the organiser.

NEW! Postgraduate Diploma in "The Geology of Northern England"

This unique course uses the geological wealth of northern England to explore the main principles of geology and integrate regional knowledge into the interpretation of larger scale Earth processes and structures. Students also assess the region’s importance in the context of current controversies in the Earth sciences, from fracking to climate change, while reflecting upon northern England’s vital role in the history of geology. The Diploma goes on to examine human interactions with the region's rocks and landscapes, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, to complete a fascinating journey overall.

This two-year part-time programme at The University of York is run entirely online by distance learning, but also includes a residential week in York at the beginning of each of the two years, for field and class-based study.

Applications are currently being considered for the new intake in September 2018. For more details and to apply online, please visit the University of York's dedicated page, or email them.

Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman now on sale!

The Yorkshire Geological Society is pleased to announce the publication of Adam Sedgwick - Geologist and Dalesman a biuography to 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

Order your copy today through our dedicated sales page.

Our Facebook News Feed

Please find below recent society news and information directly from the YGS Facebook page. If you would like to join in with any discussions about the geology of Yorkshire, or share any interesting photographs you may have, please feel free to post a message on our Facebook page.

The Society also operates a member’s email list to help keep members informed of Society news and changes to the events programme. The system is administered through the national Joint Academic Computer Network (JICSMAIL) on behalf of the Society, and allows both Council and registered members to communicate directly.

If you would like to receive news and updates directly via e-mail, please contact us and request to be added to our members e-mail forum.

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    Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire. The slopes of the hill are formed by mudstones, sandstones and thin ironstones of the early Jurassic Lias Group, the hill is capped by sandstone of the mid- Jurassic Saltwick Formation . The photo was taken from the edge of the former Cliff Rigg roadstone quarry near Great Ayton, looking north eastwards. The quarry is excavated into the basaltic- andesite of the Cleveland Dyke, a vertical sheet-like igneous intrusion dating from the Paleogene period around 55 million years ago.
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    In early 2018, members of the Stamford Geological Society, working in North Lincolnshire, made a significant discovery; part of the jaw of a large marine reptile. Subsequent visits to the site aided by the cooperation of the site owners and operators, led to more finds. They had uncovered part of the skeleton of a pliosaur from late Jurassic, Kimmeridge Clay. By careful handling and meticulous recording the group managed to extract the find and it was decided that, following professional restoration, it should be exhibited at the North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe. The video shows parts of the skeleton as displayed at the media launch of the "Scunthorpe Pliosaur Project" held at the museum on Tuesday 26th February and covered by BBC's Look North (although the provenance of their opening caption "Jurassic Carp" is a mystery to me!). The final slide shows the presentation of a cheque for £1000 which I was delighted to present on behalf of the YGS to project leader, Richard Forrest, and museum curator, Rose Nicholson, in support of this significant piece of research.
    In early 2018, members of the Stamford Geological Society, working in
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    YORKSHIRE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY SORBY AND MOORE MEDALS 2018 Many congratulations to our medallists Professor Mark Bateman (Sorby Medal, for a distinguished contribution to geological knowledge in the north of England) and Peter Kennett (Moore Medal, for services to geology in the north of England), presented by YGS President Andy Howard at our AGM on 8 December 2018.
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    Looking forward to seeing many of you for mince pies ahead of our Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address by Dr Andrew Howard.
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    "Oh to be on Flamborough Head now that winter's here, the beach is empty, the air is clear. You never know what you will find, geological or a different kind". A few photos taken during several visits in 2018, mostly on the section of the cliffs and shore between South Landing and Sewerby Steps.
    "Oh to be on Flamborough Head now that winter's here, the beach is emp
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    YORKSHIRE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY AGM and PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS Saturday 8 December 2018, Weetwood Hall Leeds, 2pm Following the AGM and presentation of awards for 2018, Dr. Andrew Howard will present the second of his two Presidential Addresses entitled "Early Jurassic Sedimentation in Yorkshire: it's about time" The talk will look at how geological time and changes in sea level and climate are preserved in the well-known Staithes Sandstone and Cleveland Ironstone formations of the Yorkshire Coast. For further information see: http://www.yorksgeol...irculars/619.pdf
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    YORKSHIRE'S GEOLOGY, LANDSCAPES AND LITERATURE - CALL FOR PAPERS AND READINGS A one day conference at the University of Hull on Saturday 23 March 2019 on how Yorkshire's geology and landscape have inspired some of the greatest novelists, poets, essayists and writers.  Convened by University Of Hull English Department, the Hull Geological Society and the Yorkshire Geological Society. See our news page for details http://www.yorksgeolsoc.org.uk/news.php
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