Virtual WGCG

Virtual WGCG – Here we add content and links in place of the events which we cannot run under Lockdown
Newest additions are at the top and shown in event date sequence,

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Wed 16 Sept, Virtual Talk (Zoom) Life & Death in Dorset’s Jurassic Sea.  Malcolm Hart

Wed 19 Aug, Virtual Talk (Zoom or YouTube)- Mining in North Wales, by Rob Vernon

Rob will begin with an introduction to the geology of the area before discussing the most important minerals worked (copper, lead, gold, slate, coal and a few “miscellanea”). He will then take us on a round trip of the various mining districts, including perhaps the best known copper mine in Wales  (at Parys Mountain on Anglesey), as well as the Parc lead and zinc mine at Aberconwy and the Gilfach copper mine in Caernarvonshire, among many others. More info and Registration Link

Parys Mountain Copper Mine - Anglesey 2008, Mining in North Wales, a talk by Rob Vernon

Parys Mountain Copper Mine – Anglesey 2008


Gilfach Copper mine - Caernarfonshire 1989, Mining in North Wales, a talk by Rob Vernon

Gilfach Copper mine – Caernarfonshire 1989

Wed 12 August, ‘Wednesday Video’ – The Day the Dinosaurs Died – BBC

The Day the Dinosaurs Died - BBC

The Day the Dinosaurs Died – BBC

Following on from Prof Jo Morgan’s talk last week, on the drilling of the Chicxulub  impact crater, here is the BBC documentary by Prof Alice Roberts of The University of Birmingham who gives a fantastic explanation of the scientific importance of this work.. This is a must view…… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id-M1lerGDQ

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 3 August, ‘Wednesday Video’
Drilling of the Chicxulub impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico | Prof Jo Morgan

Drilling of the Chicxulub impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico

Drilling of the Chicxulub impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico | Prof Jo Morgan

There is a series of recorded talks that you may be interested in from the Geologists’ Association.   The GA video lectures are normally only available to GA Members but for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown / restrictions (and who knows how long this will last), they will be freely available – so do make the most of them while you can!

There is a great talk given by Prof Jo Morgan on the Drilling of the Chicxulub impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico. This borehole found the critical evidence for the meteorite that was responsible for the destruction of the dinosaurs and the ascent of mammals and was the subject of a BBC documentary a couple of years back. Link: https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/galecturesforall/#feb20

Wed 29 July, ‘Wednesday Video’  – Mercury: Geological Mapping a Mysterious World | David Pegg

Watch here: https://youtu.be/8J4D9XM1sJo

Mercury,Geological Mapping a Mysterious World,David Pegg

Mercury,Geological Mapping a Mysterious World,David Pegg – Click image to watch

Wed 22 July, ‘Wednesday Video’  – The Cretaceous Geology of Flamborough Head

This week we continue our virtual field trip up through the Cretaceous around Flamborough head and exploring the relationship with the overlying glacial till deposits

Flamborough Head part 3 – https://youtu.be/54L_-pRBQi4

Flamborough Head part 4 – https://youtu.be/VM_fJGYDhwI

From earlier, 2 short video introduces viewers to Flamborough Head, a chalk headland on the Yorkshire coast with some amazing structural features

Flamborough Head Part 2 – https://youtu.be/5YpOtOiaYDU

Flamborough Head Part 1 – https://youtu.be/wT5lQ_MWMfk

Wed 8 July, Zoom Talk – Contrasting Islands: The Geology of Eigg and Rum, by Angus Miller

Abstract: The Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum are separated by just a few miles of sea, but could hardly be more different in their scenery, topography and land use. Of course this is due to the underlying geology. Both islands have a basement of sedimentary rocks (formed 800 million years apart!). Then, 60 million years ago, this area was a focus of volcanic activity: Eigg is mostly formed by the eroded remains of extensive basalt lava flows, whereas Rum was the site of a central volcano. It is a fascinating clash of rock types and morphologies that has formed two contrasting islands.See PDF here

Wed 17 June, Zoom Talk – Isle of Arran

We will host another Zoom on Wed 17 June. It promises to be a well-illustrated landscape and geological delight. Outline to see/download: Talk 2020-06-17 The Geology of Arran

To participate, register for the talk by Mon 15 June at warwickshiregcg@gmail.com The Zoom meeting code will be circulated.
If you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, please do not be daunted. It is very easy and a practice session can be arranged in advance of the talk (including talking you through things on the phone if needs be). If you want to sign up for the practice, please register by Saturday 13th June at warwickshiregcg@gmail.com

Wed 10 June, Video: Deep carbon cycling over the past 200 million years

Contributions from tectonic settings. contributions from tectonic settings. Kevin Wong (2019 Award Winner)

Wed 6 June, Video: Birth of Britain 2 of 3 Ice Age – Tony Robinson

This is a great video explaining the mechanisms that brought about the ice ages. Tony Robinson takes us on a tour around Britain looking at the geomorphologic features that were a consequence of the ice ages of Britain. At: https://youtu.be/nvk6DUmTuvE

Wed, 27 May, Video: How the Alps were formed – Part 2

This is the second part of this OU video of the formation of the Alps. This talk focuses on the Pennine mountain range (Southern Section) of the Alps which contains evidence of the subducted oceanic plate that existed between Italy and Europe prior to the Alpine orogenic event. The scenery, as well as the geology, is outstanding. https://youtu.be/lwSov6m1f7U

Wed, 20 May, Video: How the Alps were formed

The Wednesday Geology Video this week take us on a trip to the Alps. Ever wonder how these imposing mountains were formed? Staff of the OU take us on a trip and explain how they have been able to unravel these amazing structures. https://youtu.be/HEU10pVbVQM

18 May, Video: Mount St Helens eruption 40th anniversary 

For those of you interested in volcanoes, this is a good website with lots of information about the Mount St Helens eruption, marking the 40th anniversary of the event.
It seems that there will be a ‘virtual day’ taking place live on anniversary tomorrow, 18th May. https://volcano.si.edu/projects/sthelens40/

13 May, Talk: Fracked or Fiction? Martin Carruthers, via Zoom

Members are invited to enjoy some Fieldwork at Home by revealing
• The geology of your house, ground beneath, or garden, • Geology of your daily walk? • Your favourite specimen (rock, fossil. or mineral) or favourite geology related photograph in your collection? More info

These two websites might be of interest to those who are interested in volcanoes.
Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report – https://volcano.si.edu/reports_weekly.cfm – Gives updates and information about recent volcanic eruptions around the world.

Volcanoes of Kurile-Kamchatka Island Arc. Webcams – http://geoportal.kscnet.ru/volcanoes/webcams.php – Webcams showing some of the volcanoes in Kamchatka. Some of them are often active.

 

The Amazing Volcanic Past of the Black Cuillins, Presented by Tony Robinson – This is part of the Birth of Britain series

The Black Cuillins of Skyehttps://youtu.be/aBWJZBdWug0 – A 20 minute YouTube video – starts at 31:45 – Wait for it to load. Black screen will give way to video.

The remains of ancient volcanic systems on Skye can be seen in the Cuillin and Red Hills. This was formed during an intense period of volcanic activity in the area during the time when north west Europe was splitting from North America and the North Atlantic was formed. The Black Cuillins are mainly made up from gabbro and peridotite and the Red Hills from red-coloured granite. These rocks were formed about 55 million years ago, relatively recent in geology terms.

Database of Iceland’s Volcanoes http://futurevolc.vedur.is/

Geo Bakeoff – Get cooking and send your photos to the Geol Soc: https://blog.geolsoc.org.uk/2020/04/15/the-2020-great-geobakeoff

Rivers Under the Sea talkhttps://youtu.be/1WILdCMqTJs

What Coal Mining Hydrogeology tells us about the Real Risks of Frackinghttps://youtu.be/PpX1eyDgomA

Updates to the Geology in the West Countryhttps://mailchi.mp/125b1a997048/updates-to-the-geology-in-the-west-country-blog?e=71a78b414a

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ENTERTAINMENT FOR LOCKDOWN

Some Geological(ish) Links, Websites & Magazines to Keep Adults and/or Kids Entertained During the Lockdown

Newest items at the top of this section

Jurassic Marine Fossils Museum – Steve Etches collection

Jurassic Marine Fossils Museum

Here is a trailer for the Jurassic Marine Fossils Museum – Steve Etches collection. Comment by Ray Pratt, WGCG Hon Sec, “Having listened to a lecture from Steve, talked with the man and been shown around his fantastic purpose built museum I can assure you that anyone interested in geology would be interested in this.”

It is entitled: Stoneley Lecture: Plumbing the Depths of the Kimmeridge Clay With Rd Steve Etches MBE and part of GEOLiteracy Tour 2019

Also see: 16 Sept 2020 Zoom Talk: Life & Death in the Jurassic Sea of Dorset by Malcolm Hart for WGCG
https://www.wgcg.co.uk/events/event/sept-2020-talk-life-death-in-the-jurassic-sea-of-dorset-malcolm-hart/

 

 

NEWS: The August Extra 2020 edition of Down to Earth Magazine

Down to Earth 92 August 2020

Down to Earth 8/20

Down to Earth – Down to Earth, Issue 92, August 2020, Part 1 of 2 (Page 1-19) is here to view on-screen or download

Down to Earth – Down to Earth, Issue 92, August 2020, Part 2 of 2 (Page 20-40) is here to view on-screen or download

 

 

 

 

Exotic Terranes of the Pacific Northwest
This is a easy to understand lecture on Terranes. Delivered in a lively and amusing style, the lecture brings together important structural processes that are unravelled using lithology, paleomagnetism, biostratigraphy as well as other techniques. Whilst the area discussed is the NW of North America, the process applies to the Terranes of the UK. Well worth a watch. Speaker is Nick Zentner of Central Washington University.

Members are invited to enjoy some Fieldwork at Home by revealing
• The geology of your house, ground beneath, or garden, • Geology of your daily walk? • Your favourite specimen (rock, fossil. or mineral) or favourite geology related photograph in your collection? More info

NEWS: The May 2020 edition of Down to Earth is here to view as an on-screen download Pages 1-16 and Pages 17-32

Geoheritage and the UK’s Most Significant Geological Sites – Rob Butler, University of Aberdeen

Excellent Geo Walk & Trail Guides Free download: Leaflets, guides & books created/commissioned by WGCG – Please enjoy within Gov.uk Covid 19 Guidelines I.e., “One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.” 

Interpretation Boards & Panels – Free download: Created or commissioned by WGCG.

Voyages in Deep Time Website – Download The Voyager from the App Store or Google Play – These links take to directly to the correct App.

Kids Stuff – Lots to download free at bottom of the page – Colouring in stencils for Dinos & Sea Creatures, Crosswords & Word Search, How Do Fossils Form? Earth & Erosion Processes. More on our Links Page including: –

See: Virtual WGCG (in menu above) – as it is updated with new content to interest, entertain and inform during the Lockdown

What is WGCG all about? See About WGCG

Links

The David Thompson Archive 
Field Guides from the field trips of David Thompson to Staffordshire and Cheshire

“Astbury Hydraulic Lime Company”
Video 38 minutes long, a tour through tunnels and air shafts of Astbury Lime Works, including some geological commentary, reference to Red Rock Fault etc. The DBT Archive has details of the NSGGA visit on 6th June 1996, led by David & John Rees
[BGS] “looking” at Lower Carboniferous volcanics in Apedale & Astbury.

“Mow Cop Tunnels and Tramways”
Video 23 minutes long, a tour under southern end of Mow Cop along the tramway
line which ran from Tower Hill and Stonetrough collieries on the east, to the
Macclesfield Canal at Kent Green on the west.

Magazines

Geoscientist An excellent monthly magazine from the Geological Society

Earth Heritage (Julie Harrald is on the editorial board of this publication)

Down to Earth – Down to Earth, June 2020, is here to view on-screen or download

Down to Earth – Down to Earth, May 2020, Part 1 of 2 (Page 1-16) is here to view or download

Down to Earth – Down to Earth, May 2020, Part 2 of 2 (Page 17-32) is here to view or download

Down to Earth – Down to Earth, April 2020, is here to view or download

Ideas and suggestions welcome. Please e-mail: warwickshiregcg@gmail.com

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