Welcome to the official website of the Dorset Geologists. Association Group (DGAG).
Upcoming events of general geological interest in Dorset, and the surrounding region, are listed below.
For geoconservation workparties, see the DIGS website.
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By Dr Martin Smith, Durham University. Join us for an interesting and informative evening! Non-members are welcome free of charge. For over 250 million years, the conical shells of hyoliths littered the fossil record, but at the End Permian Mass Extinction they entirely disappeared. In the absence of living descendants, the identity of these enigmatic shells has been a problem. Recently, sites of exceptional fossil preservation have yielded partial impressions of the soft bodies of these organisms. These insights point…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
With the shortening days comes the first of the annual series of “Winter Watch” days out for Jurassic Coast Ambassadors and partner organisations. The plan is to have lunch at the Mill, a brilliant historic site in its own right and also one of the newest JCT Business Partners From past experience it is an excellent place for lunch and there will be a space reserved upstairs. You can have a look at their website to whet your appetite! This lunch is a chance…Find out more »
Talk by Dr Tony Waltham. Join us for an interesting and informative evening! Non-members are welcome free of charge. Karst is a landscape that is distinguished by underground drainage and is normally formed on limestone or gypsum. Its impact on engineering geology is the distinctive suite of karst geohazards, which are largely related to the holes in the ground of varying size and unpredictable nature. The most widespread and frequent geohazard is the development of new sinkholes within the soil…Find out more »
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.…Find out more »
Annual General Meeting for the Dorset Geologists' Association Group. Followed by a talk on coastal protection measures by Alan Holiday.Find out more »
Programme of talks and AGM of the Wessex OUGS. Non-members welcome but please don't vote at the AGM! The charge for the whole day, including lunch, is £8 per person (NB: no charge for the AGM) 10.10am Registration 10.30am Dr Giles Droop - 'Continental collision in the Alps' 11.30am Dr Steve Sweetman - 'The vertebrate faunas of the Wealden and Purbeck groups' 12.40pm Buffet lunch (provided by committee and friends) 1.30pm AGM (agenda is available in the member's area) 2.20pm…Find out more »
Henry Stopes Memorial Lecture by Professor Nick Ashton from the British Museum. The human settlement of Britain now stretches back to almost a million years, but it has been a history of brief incursions governed by the cyclical changes in climate and the changing status of Britain as an island or as a peninsula of the European Mainland. This talk will discuss research from the last twenty years that has provided new sites, better dating frameworks, rich environmental information and a…Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »