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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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…Find out more »
Book signing by Steve Snowball and Craig Chivers at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Steve and Craig will be on hand to answer questions about their new book “A Guide to Fossil Collecting on the West Dorset Coast”. Authors’ profits go to the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre charity.Find out more »
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 »