The meetings are on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2 pm
Programme for 2024
Friday 19th January
Talk by Richard Fletcher – Charles Darwin’s Short Walk in North Wales
The legendary scientist came to study Snowdonia’s rocky landscapes but he made a startling discovery on a little known peak outside Caernarfon
Friday 16th February
Talk by Richard Fletcher – William Smith – Mapping the Mesozoic.
In the 1790’s, the mining surveyor William Smith, travelled the country working on mine sites and the canal system, found that fossils were an effective means of distinguishing between rock formations and developed the stratigraphic column “the sequence of rock formations arranged according to their order of formation in time” and used this to produce the first geological map of Britain.
Friday 15th March
Talk by Bill Hale – Lake District Geology
A geological tour taking in the granite at Shap and at Threlkeld quarry moving south, examining the main mountains, sedimentary and igneous areas, to leave via Windermere; ancient rocks from nearly 500m years old to more modern ones with a few fossils.
Friday 19th April
Talk by Richard Fletcher – Digging and delving around Ormskirk
Part 2 – Quaternary. During the very cold climate when glaciers developed in many mountain areas, sedimentary deposits associated with a periglacial climate in south-west Lancashire formed the basis for two important industries.
Friday 17th May
Talk by Hazel Clark – “How the geology of the northwest put the Great into Britain!”
Basically how geology drove the industrial revolution and it is not just coal and iron.
Friday 21st June
Talk by Richard Fletcher – The lost worlds of the Pacaraima Plateau in South America.
A large sandstone plateau that once covered the area between the Amazon Basin and the Orinoco River has been eroded to form a range of isolated table-top mountains that tower over the surrounding area by up to 1,000 metres (3,000 ft) and host some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.
Last Updated on February 20, 2024