Leeds Geological Association

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Leeds Geological Association




The Leeds Geological Association aims to promote and further interest in the geological sciences, both amongst its members and within the wider community. Particular emphasis is placed on the geology of the region and its relationship to landscape and scenery.

Membership is open to all.

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Thursday 19th April 2018

7:15PM - Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre (Michael Sadler Building)

Making Mountains:
the Caledonides of Scotland

Dr Anna Bird
Hull University

Mountain ranges allow us to examine the long-term deformation of the Earth's crust and, because of this, they have been a focus of geological research since the pioneering work of the Geological Survey in the 1800s. An important field area for these studies is the Highlands of Scotland, especially the Northern Highland Terrane of the NW Highlands, due to the revolutionary work of in the Geological Survey's 1907 memoir, The Geological Structure of the North-West Highlands of Scotland. This memoir has had an enduring influence on the understanding of crustal tectonic processes, interactions between deformation and metamorphism, and the evolution of fault rocks. However, geochronological methods were not developed at the time of memoir publication and it is not until recent times that we can date these features and understand how long these processes take. One important aspect is to identify timing(s) of peak metamorphism to establish when events occurred and their geographical extent to relate them to tectonic driving processes. New dates obtained throw further light on the timing of these orogenic events and indicate a more complex Caledonian history than hitherto suspected.

If travelling by car please be aware that the University have introduced a charge for parking on campus during the evening. Full details may be found at http://carparking.leeds.ac.uk/visitors.





• Field Visit Reports Booklet 2016 •

Field Visit Reports 2016 - click to view pdf (1.62 MB)
Click to View (1.62 MB)
The 2016 Field Visit Reports booklet - containing full reports for each excursion of the 2016 field calendar - can be viewed using the link on the right. The file size is 1.62 MB and the format is pdf.

• Roundhay Park - A Walk Back in Time •

Guided walks around the Geology Trail in Roundhay Park are held on these dates:
  • Wednesday 4th July 2018
  • Saturday 15th September 2018
Meet at the Mansion House Visitors Centre at 1.15 PM for a 1.30 PM start.

As part of Yorkshire Geology Month an addition walk will depart from the Mansion House Visitors Centre at 5:30 PM on Wednesday 9th May.

The walks are led by the geologist who created the trail and, making regular stops, take about 3 hours and cover a distance of around 4 km. They are suitable for people of any age - no previous knowledge is required!

The trail follows paths which can be muddy in wet weather so appropriate footwear is advised.

The walks are free and no booking is required but for further information contact Bill Fraser on 0113 2608764 or email w.fraser@btinternet.com

A booklet, 'Roundhay Park - A Walk Back in Time' (24 pages, full colour) which describes the marked geology trail in Roundhay Park is available. It is a combined effort between LGA members, who provided the idea and the content, and Friends of Roundhay Park, who provided the help on the ground. It can be found in various local outlets for £1.00 or by post. Contact Bill Fraser on 0113 2608764 or email w.fraser@btinternet.com for further details.


12 April 2018

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