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November 2018

DGAG Annual Dinner at the Wessex Royale Hotel

17th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UP United Kingdom
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DGAG Annual Dinner at the Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester. A three-course dinner followed by coffee and mints. Meet at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm. Guest Speaker: Robert Chandler. There is limited parking on site but there is free parking across the road at the County Hall car park. A licensed bar will be available. Menu and booking form is in the Autumn Newsletter or use the online form below. The cost is £27.50 per person. Payment should be made by…

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December 2018

Christmas Workshop at Broadmayne Village Hall

8th December 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Christmas Workshop with buffet lunch at Broadmayne Village Hall. 10.00am-3.00pm Booking required for display tables and/or lunch (£3). If you just turn up you'll still be very welcome but we can't guarantee there'll be lunch for you! It's also an opportunity to renew your DGAG membership at a bargain £12 for 2019.

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January 2019

Oil in Dorset

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Talk by Alan Holiday, chairman of DGAG This is the first of a series of Earth Science-based lectures organised by DGAG in collaboration with other groups. As the Dorset County Museum is closed for refurbishment, 'til summer 2020,  the lectures will take place in Committee Room 1 at County Hall. They will follow the familiar pattern of being on the second Wednesday of the month starting at 7 pm. Parking is available behind County Hall and is free in the evening.…

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DGAG AGM

January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne
Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8EW
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Annual General Meeting for the Dorset Geologists' Association Group. Followed by a talk on coastal protection measures by Alan Holiday.

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February 2019

Kimmeridge Field Trip

February 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sea View Car Park, Sea View Car Park
Kimmeridge, Dorset BH20 5PH United Kingdom
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£2

Led by Alan Holiday. We will be looking at sections east and west of Kimmeridge. You will need to bring a packed lunch. Underfoot conditions: shingle and boulder hopping. So, walking poles may be needed. Likely finish time 4 pm. Please let us know if you would like to visit the Etches Collection Museum in Kimmeridge village as this can be included at your expense (£8 for an annual pass). Meet at the disused Portland Limestone quarry above Kimmeridge village,…

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A Look at the Microscopic Fossil Record of the Jurassic Coast

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Talk by Richard Hallett. It will give an introduction to Mesozoic microfossils, discuss their distribution in the local fossil record and contribution to understanding the stratigraphy of the Wessex Basin. This is the second of a series of Earth Science-based lectures organised by DGAG in collaboration with other groups. As the Dorset County Museum is closed for refurbishment, 'til summer 2020,  the lectures will take place in Committee Room 1 at County Hall. They will follow the familiar pattern of being…

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March 2019

The end of the Cretaceous: global and local perspectives

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Talk by Professor Andy Gale. The Cretaceous-Paleogene unconformity in England. Uplift and erosion related to the Icelandic mantle plume. During the late Cretaceous to early Paleogene, the present-day area of Britain and Ireland emerged from nearly total submergence by the chalk sea. What mechanism was responsible for this major marine regression? This is the third of a series of Earth Science-based lectures organised by DGAG in collaboration with other groups. As the Dorset County Museum is closed for refurbishment, 'til summer 2020,  the lectures will…

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Purbeck Field-trip

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Landers Quarry, Lander's Quarries Ltd, Kingston Road
Langton Matravers, Dorset BH19 3JP
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Includes a visit to Lander's Quarry for 10.30 a.m. We'll be shown round by Trev Haysom, a leading authority on the Purbeck Beds. We will visit both the quarry and the mine. Therefore participants should have a torch, hard hat, waterproofs and wellies. We will then go to the Square and Compass for lunch before a circular walk to Winspit and Seacombe Cliff and Quarry and then returning to Worth Matravers. Alan Holiday is leading the second half of the…

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April 2019

The deep structure beneath the Dorset region

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dorset County Hall, Colliton Park
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ United Kingdom
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£5

Using seismic lines, gravity, magnetics, boreholes and pure conjecture to re-construct the history from the Lower Paleozoic to the Triassic. Talk by Dr Malcolm Butler. This continues the series of Earth Science-based lectures organised by DGAG in collaboration with other groups. As the Dorset County Museum is closed for refurbishment, 'til summer 2020,  the lectures will take place in Committee Room 1 at County Hall. They will follow the familiar pattern of being on the second Wednesday of the month starting at…

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May 2019

Glamorgan Heritage Coast: DGAG Residential weekend

May 3 - May 5
Premier Inn, Premier Inn, Pencoed
Bridgend, CF35 5HY United Kingdom
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DGAG Residential weekend 2019 This year we are visiting the Glamorgan Heritage Coast (south-east Wales). Dates: Fri.3rd May to Sunday 5th May. Some may want to stay over Sunday night and do more on Monday. Leaders: John Scott and Kelvin Huff Come and view the results of Dinantian storms (Lower Carboniferous), the effects of the Variscan and later orogenies, Triassic desert wadis and lakes where early dinosaurs roamed. See the Triassic/Jurassic boundary and unconformities, a rare Jurassic rocky shoreline and…

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