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January 2020

Offshore wind farms: the importance of geology for renewable energy

8th January 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Offshore wind farms: the importance of geology for renewable energy Talk by David Shiston (Atkins) Welcome to the next decade of the Anthropocene and the first DGAG lecture of the year.

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DGAG AGM

11th January 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Saturday January 11th: DGAG AGM, Broadmayne Village Hall. 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

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February 2020

From South Georgia to the South Downs

12th February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5.00

From South Georgia to the South Downs. Lecture by Professor Rory Mortimore (University of Brighton, retired). The geology of Chalk is likely to feature at some point!

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March 2020

The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet

11th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5.00

The surface of Mars: ancient and modern processes on the Red Planet. Lecture by Dr Joel Davis (ExoMars, Natural History Museum)

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DGAG Events and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

19th March 2020 - 31st March 2021

As the National restrictions begin to relax, we hope to restart many of our planned events, including field trips. All events will be compliant with the relevant COVID-guidelines.  Geologists' Association Coronavirus Action Plan

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April 2020

CANCELLED Portishead

25th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map
£2.00

DGAG Field Trip to Portishead. Leader Alan Holiday. Meet at 10.30 am at the western end of the esplanade at Portishead. Nearest postcode to rendezvous: BS20 7HU.   Then walk SW along the Severn Estuary foreshore looking at Devonian Old Red Sandstone (ORS) sediments with interesting sedimentary structures before seeing a fine example of an unconformity with Triassic breccia over the ORS sediments.   Later, look at the eastern end of the section (Woodhill Bay) where Lower Carboniferous sediments show…

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October 2020

Holiday Rocks! ONLINE

24th October 2020 - 24th November 2020

Instead of our usual meeting at Broadmayne Village Hall, we shall be hosting a number of virtual, online presentations: Corsica Holiday Rocks 2020 part 1 Holiday Rocks 2020 part 2 Holiday Rocks 2020 part 3 Explore the Geology and Terrain of Dorset Mining in the Newlands Valley, Cumbria

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November 2020

CANCELLED DGAG Annual Dinner 2020

28th November 2020
Hotel Rembrandt, Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt, 12-18 Dorchester Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU United Kingdom
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Provisionally booked at the Hotel Rembrant, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7JU. More details and booking arrangements to follow...

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February 2021

Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 8:30 pm

Carbonate concretions in the Jurassic Coast. Lecture by Professor Jim Marshall, Liverpool University.

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April 2021

Urban Geology Walk in Weymouth

April 25

This is a 7 km walk which includes the geology of Newton Cove, Nothe Fort and Gardens, the Outer Harbour, the shops in St Mary's Street and St Thomas Street, the Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle. We will look at the different types of rocks used in the buildings and facings of shops which includes igneous and metamorphic rock types. As things stand at the moment we will do this walk in small groups of six or less. The cost…

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May 2021

Dartmoor

May 22
£2.00

DGAG Field Trip. Leader Alan Holiday. Includes visits to Haytor, Two Bridges Quarry, Burrator Reservoir and Merivale Quarry. Detailed itinerary: Take A35 to Exeter then follow M5 around Exeter. Take A38 (signposted for Plymouth) at end of motorway section. Take A382 Bovey Tracey road. Then follow B3344 and look for Haytor sign. Park at third car park nearest to Haytor. There are toilets at the first car park. Locality 1: Haytor. GR SX 7587 73. Granite varieties - Tor Granite…

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June 2021

The Vale of Wardour and Pub Lunch

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.00

This field trip was originally scheduled for 2020. However, due to a combination of COVID and flooding in the area, had to be postponed. DGAG Field Trip: Steve Hannath is taking us on a 5 mile walk in the Vale of Wardour. Then lunch at the Wyndham Arms in Dinton. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, we will no longer be able to visit the quarry at Chicksgrove. As we need to order our food before the day members should book…

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Portishead

June 26
Portishead BS20 7HU United Kingdom + Google Map

This is a field-trip postponed from 2019. The original plan is outlined below:    Meet at 10.30 am at the western end of the esplanade at Portishead (café and toilets, see map). Nearest postcode to meet location: BS20 7HU.   Then walk SW along the Severn Estuary foreshore looking at Devonian Old Red Sandstone sediments with interesting sedimentary structures before seeing a fine example of an unconformity with Triassic breccia over the ORS sediments.   Later, look at the eastern…

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July 2021

Goat Island and the Slabs – Undercliffs NNR

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stepps Lane, Stepps Lane
Axmouth, Devon United Kingdom
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A unique chance to explore the landslip geomorphology and coastal geology of the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. Leader: DGAG member Geoff Rowland, who has become familiar with the Undercliffs NNR from volunteer conservation work with Natural England, EuCAN Dorset and the Axe Vale & District Conservation Society. We will walk into the western end of the Reserve, joining the South West Coast Path. We will visit Goat Island and the Chasm, the results of the Great…

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In the Footsteps of William Smith

July 25
Monkton Combe, Village Hall
Monkton Combe, Somerset BA2 7HB
£2

Portrait of William Smith aged 68 (courtesy of The Geological Society)   This walk has been rescheduled from an original date in October 2021.   William Smith came up with many of his ideas while working as surveyor on the Somerset Coal Canal from 1793 to 99, including the idea for making the world's first geological map.   We shall more or less follow the course of his old canal from Combe Hay to Monkton Combe, and visit several places…

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August 2021

Inferior Oolite Quarries near Sherborne

August 14
£2

This field-trip is led by DGAG members Bob Chandler and John Whicher. It is to compare the Oolitic limestone beds in two quarries. Frogden Quarry which is still used by Sherborne Stone and Louse Hill Quarry which is a disused quarry on the way towards Bradford Abbas. The quarry manager for Sherborne Stone has very kindly agreed to open up the stoneworks yard at the weekend to show us how the stone is cut. The trip finishes in Bradford Abbas…

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September 2021

The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark

September 3 - September 6

DGAG Residential Weekend. We will be visiting the Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark on the weekend of the 3rd to 6th September 2021. Please note that this is a change from the original dates in 2020. It should be a fabulous trip to a fascinating area in terms of its geology. The region is the source of vast quantities of minerals that powered the industrial revolution. The oldest rock layers are limestones and shales full of shelly fossils and coral…

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October 2021

Fleet Lagoon Walk

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Moonfleet Manor Hotel, Moonfleet Manor, Fleet Road
Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4ED United Kingdom
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£2

A journey towards the core... of the Weymouth Anticline. The Fleet shore has a number of Geological Conservation Review (GCR) locations and includes Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with a geological focus. However, nearby parking is limited and there is restricted access to privately-owned parts of the shore. This walk, led by Geoff Rowland (DGAG) and Andrew Lawrence (Moonfleet Manor Hotel) provides an opportunity to park and meet at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel and visit some classic locations on…

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Holiday Rocks

October 23
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
£2

Holiday Rocks: Geological talks at Broadmayne Village Hall. Tea and cake will be provided in the interval. Please let Kelvin know if you are attending as we need to plan refreshments. There will be a charge of £2 towards the costs of hall hire and refreshments. Any help with kitchen duties would also be appreciated.

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November 2021

Wimborne Minster

November 6 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wimborne Minster, High St, Wimborne Minster
Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EB United Kingdom
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£2

The Minster authorities have agreed to private supervised DGAG Field Trip access into St Cuthburga’s Church, Wimborne from 3.00pm to 5.00pm Saturday 6th November accompanied by Minster Friends. Those booking should please meet at 2.15 pm in the North Porch with a brolly, if possibly wet, and outdoor clothing to quickly circumvent the exterior in an anti-clockwise manner to appreciate the range of stones used on site from Saxon times to the present. Binoculars or opera glasses useful. The interior…

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