Gondwana Landscapes: Geology on a Plate – Brian Ellis

Using examples from Australia (mainly South Australia) the talk willexamine existing landscapes which are directly inherited from Gondwana.It will consider the role of their location on the Australian Plate in theconservation of those landscapes and the significance of the dating of thebreakup of Gondwana to the evolution of the geology of Australia. Thetalk will reflect …

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Lecture: The birds and rocks of Flamborough Head – Paul Hildreth

Flamborough Head is England’s most northerly outcrop of the Late Cretaceous Chalk Group and is home to the highest chalk sea cliffs and the only mainland gannet colony in the UK. In recognition of these latter claims, the RSPB has established the very popular and successful Bempton Cliffs reserve which sees around half a million …

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Evening Lecture: Stromatolites: Making Mountains out of Microbes – Prof Ian Fairchild

For most of Earth history the only macroscopic evidence of life are the intricately layered rocks called stromatolites. Like trace fossils they record an interaction between organisms and sedimentary processes. The key players are the cyanobacteria, formerly known as blue-green algae, which played a vital role in oxygenating the Earth through their photosynthesis. Build-up of …

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