Winter Programme 2021-2022

This seasons talks, again, will be, for the foreseeable future, on-line via Zoom. There is a reciprocal arrangement between ourselves - LL&PS Section C - and the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group - WGCG - to share presentations. Those arranged by WGCG are annotated.
Non-members are directed to our Membership page - the Yearly subscription (September - September) is very modest.

Wednesday 15th September 2021

Dr Jonathon Paul Subsurface engineering and water resources of Greater London

Wednesday 29th September 2021

Cindy Howells (National Museum Wales) Dinosaurs and Deserts in South Wales

Recent discoveries, of new footprints and fossilised dinosaur bones, have increased our understanding of the terrestrial environments and faunas that existed during the Late Triassic and early Jurassic in south Wales. Hot deserts were subject to seasonal flooding events that preserved many footprints of both dinosaurs and other reptiles, in harsh environments where bone material did not fossilise. Subsequent sea-level rise created an island archipelago, where a diverse fauna of small vertebrates, including dinosaurs, lived within a karst landscape which preserved their fossilised bones and teeth in fissure deposits. Theropod dinosaurs are poorly represented from the earliest Jurassic, so the discovery of a partial articulated skeleton will bring better insights into the evolutionary relationships of this group.

Wednesday 27th October 2021

Dr Katie Strang (Scottish Geology Trust) Celebrating Scotland’s geological heritage with the Scottish Geology Trust

The Scottish Geology Trust was launched in 2020, with the key objective of inspiring people, everywhere, to understand, love and care for, Scotland’s incredible geological heritage; and its' role in creating a sustainable future. From the 1st of September to the 17th October, the Trust, and partners, will deliver a packed programme of activities as part of the Scottish Geology Festival, from Stranraer to Shetland, that will showcase and celebrate Scotland’s geology. Join the Trust’s Secretary, Dr Katie Strang, for a virtual tour around Scotland’s most loved geological sites, and the fantastic festival events that are taking place around the country; and to hear more about the work the Trust has been doing to inspire and engage people with the rocks beneath their feet, and how important these are for exploring our future.

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Stuart Burley (WGCG) Arden Sandstone

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Dr Seb Watt (University of Birmingham) Volcanic Tsunamis: Krakatau - 1883 and 2018

Although most tsunamis are generated by earthquakes, those generated by volcanic processes can cause devastating impacts. Volcanic tsunami-generation remains a poorly understood process, but the hazard is significant, as demonstrated by the catastrophic eruption of Krakatau in 1883; when most of the 36,000 deaths were caused by the associated tsunami. A variety of volcanic processes can generate tsunamis, with unpredictable timing and the potential for locally extreme wave heights. Here, I will summarise results from ongoing research at Krakatau, and other volcanic islands, drawing on insights from the 1883 eruption, as well as the volcanic-landslide generated tsunami at Anak Krakatau in December 2018.

Mid December
Seasonal Social Meeting (tbc)

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Dr Aaron Hunter The secret life of the starfish/crinoid

Wednesday 19th January 2022

BGS speaker (tbc) (WGCG talk)

Wednesday 9th February 2022

Dr Ben Clarke (University of Cambridge) Ethiopian volcanics (tbc)

Wednesday 16th February 2022

Dr Simon Drake (WGCG talk) Topic tbc

Wednesday 9th March 2022


Wednesday 16th March 2022

Dr Stephan Lautenschlager (University of Birmingham) Topic tbc

Monday 4th April 2022

Professor Jane Francis DCMG FRS (Director British Antarctic Survey). From Forests to Frosts: Antartica's Climate History

Wednesday 20th April 2022

TBA (WGCG talk)