OTHER INTERESTING GEOLOGICAL EVENTS + LINKS
In date order, the most recent event will be at the top!
There will be a talk at the Geologists’ Association on Friday 2nd, February 2018. This will take place in the lecture theatre of the Geological Society at 6.00 pm. Tea is served in the library from 5.30 pm. and the talk is open to everybody at no charge. The title is:
“A sceptical look at the Dino-Bird controversy” by Mike Howgate MSc.
from the Amateur Geological Society – Finchley.
This is the synopsis from the G.A. magazine and website. “To most interested lay-people and even most vertebrate palaeontologists the theory that birds arose from a group of Theropod dinosaurs is now regarded as an incontestable fact. However there are a handful of dissenters from this supposed certainty. The speaker is one.
Mike will start by outlining the position of Archaeopteryx as the quintessential example of an intermediate between two classes of organisms – reptiles and birds, before considering the various theories which have been put forward to explain which group of reptiles could best be considered the direct ancestor of the avian lineage.
We will then look at the work of Professor John Ostrom who posited Deinonychus antirrophus, the prototype ‘Raptor’, as the putative bird-ancestor by comparing its osteology with that of Archaeopteryx. However, there are many more differences than similarities.
The final half of the talk will concentrate on two alleged dino-birds which featured prominently in the recent exhibition ‘Dinosaurs of China’ in Nottingham. Sinosauropteryx prima, a compsognathid dinosaur which is supposed to exhibit PROTOFEATHERS and Microraptor gui the alleged four winged flying dinosaur which is an archaeopterygiform bird and not a dinosaur. A more parsimonious ancestor for the avian lineage will be suggested.”
The Geological Society rooms are situated on the Piccadilly frontage of Burlington House and the entrance is directly opposite Fortnum and Masons. Nearest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.
DONT MISS IT!!
UXBRIDGE ROCK SHOW organised by the Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society. It runs for two weeks from Friday 9th. to Friday 23rd. of February 2018 at Uxbridge Central Library, 13-14 High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1HD. It is open daily and not far from the underground station and the town centre. There are a variety of displays.
It will be on the HHGS website in the New Year………
You’ve missed them but some of 2016 + 2017 interesting events are listed below:
PARKINSON OF THE DISEASE
James Parkinson is best known as the author of ‘An essay on the Shaking Palsy’ a condition which bears his name. But in his lifetime he was better known as a pioneering PALAEONTOLOGIST after whom the ammonite ‘Parkinsonia’ was named. To celebrate the 200th. anniversary of the essay King’s College London has organised a small exhibition about Parkinson at the Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, WC2. just off Fleet Street. The exhibition has one case featuring his major work on Fossils, the wonderfully named ‘Organic Remains of a Former World’ published in 3 volumes between 1808 & 1811, together with fossils lent by the NHM.
It is also well worth visiting to see the spectacular monument in the former chapel, now the Weston Room, where the exhibition is being held.
The exhibition runs until the 16th of December 2017. www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivesspec/exhibitions
Dr. Cherry Lewis of the History of Geology Group of the Geol. Soc. has just published ‘The enlightened Mr. Parkinson: the pioneering life of a forgotten English surgeon’ pub. Icon.
The ‘Down to Earth’ magazine is holding a one day ‘Teach In’ at YHA Lee Valley on Wednesday November 29th 2017, starting 10.30am and ends 4.30pm.
‘Reading & Understanding Rocks & Landscapes’
Wednesday 11th October 2017
Geotrail around Greenwich Park (during Earth Science Week), led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park.
The walk is free but you will need to book. Please reserve your place by emailing: email@example.com
Further details will be sent on registration.
LONDON WILDLIFE TRUST
Sunday 20th August 2017 ‘The Rocks On Which We Stand’ – 11.00hrs to 12.30hrs.
Streatham Common, meet by the Rookery Cafe.
A gentle guided walk looking at the geology of Streatham Common – how rocks have shaped, and continue to shape, the local area. With Dr Iain Boulton – NO geological experience necessary!
The email address for further information is:
London’s Theatreland & Trafalgar Square – EVENING BUILDING STONES WALK
Leader: Ruth Siddall
Tuesday 20 June 2017 – 6pm
This walk will look at the history of London’s Theatreland and Trafalgar Square through the building stones used. It will also reveal some aspects of London’s geology, discovered through the excavations for new buildings.
Please book your place using the link below:
Members and Non Members – £5
Sunday 9th July 2017 ‘Great Northwood Geology Walk’ – 14.00hrs to 15.30hrs.
Crystal Palace Park, meet at the entrance to the railway station.
A guided walk discovering some of the ‘hidden history’ of the Great North Wood, looking at the rocks, soils and waters that have shaped it’s past and continue to dictate it’s future. A journey back in time with Dr Iain Boulton to the age of the dinosaurs, wooly mammoths and stupendous earth movements!
DINOSAURS AT BARNES!
International Meeting on Dinosaurs and a unique Exhibition of Exceptional Dinosaur Art.
at: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT.
Conference on Dinosaurs Was on 28th October 2016. A complete day of Dinosaur related talks.
Check the website: http://www.dinosaursociety.com
Geoconservation Day at Riddlesdown Chalk Quarry –
Was on Saturday 8th Oct. 2016
Organised by the London Geodiversity Partnership in conjunction with the Open University Geological Society.
The large quarry is south of Croydon in the North Downs and is a good location to examine chalk in the London area.
Further details at: http://www.londongeopartnership.org.uk
Earth Science Week Geotrail around Richmond Park –
Was On Wed. 12th Oct 2016
Led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership
Their website: http://www.londongeopartnership.org.uk
The London Geodiversity Partnership website link is below. Click on this for a wealth of information concerning building stones, geotrails, pavement geology and news of Gilbert’s Pit, a SSSI in Charlton, SE London. An ex sand, gravel and chalk quarry it is now accessible with permanent steps allowing the Woolwich Formation shell beds and others to be closely examined.
The East face of Gilbert’s Pit is located at TQ 419 786. Nearest train station is Charlton. Access to Maryon Park (Gilbert’s Pit) is either via Thorntree Road or Charlton Lane. Free parking in Thorntree Road. Buses run along Woolwich Road close by. Alight at Charlton Road stop.
South face + Shelly beds + East face with steps for viewing + Blackheath bed on uppermost level.
Close to Gilbert’s Pit is the Green Chain Geotrail and the link is below. Details of a submerged forest in Erith, (London!), Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park, Chislehurst Caves and Nunhead Cemetery building stones are included plus many other fascinating areas.
Another site which may be of interest is GiGL, Greenspace information for Greater London. This is our capital’s environmental records centre. Information is collated and made available on London’s wildlife, Nature reserves, gardens and other open spaces.
London Wildlife Trust website: http://www.wildlondon.org.uk
If you want more Geological info’ you can do no better than click on the link below…….
Our A.G.S. is affiliated to the Geologists Association.