- Bath Geological Society AGM and 'Cotham Marble'
Further details here
16th February - WRGS
24th February - Bristol NATS - Geology section
Thomas Hawkins and his Sea Dragons – a mad, bad fossil collector?
Stephen Locke 7:30pm, Wednesday 24 February
Stephen Locke will give a talk on the controversial 19th century fossil collector Thomas Hawkins. Thomas Hawkins (1810-1889) was the son of a Somerset Farmer/Cattle Dealer who lived at Glastonbury. He inherited a considerable sum of money with which he was able to indulge his passion for collecting fossil marine reptiles from his local area and Lyme Regis. He was undoubtedly a highly eccentric character and was considered by some of his contemporaries to be mad. He wrote several books on the subject of “Sea Dragons” in a style that has been described as lurid. Stephen’s talk will attempt a reassessment of the life and character of Thomas Hawkins who was a fascinating local naturalist. It will be of interest to a wide range of BNS members and previous knowledge of geology will not be required.
4th February - Bath Geological Society.
The replacement talk is 'Cotham Marble'
by Dr. Sarah Greene
, NERC Independent Research Fellow,
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
The Cotham Marble is an uppermost Triassic carbonate microbialite (a rock built by the actions of microscopic life) from the southwestern UK, long prized by collectors for its beauty. Sometimes called the Landscape Marble because its internal structures resemble hills, trees, and skies, the Cotham Marble has been the subject of fascination, scientific investigation, and speculation about its formation for at least 250 years. Only in the past few years, however, have we come to recognize that microbialites like the Cotham Marble can yield truly exceptional archives of past climates. In this lecture, Dr. Greene will recount the history of study of the Cotham Marble and describe some new theories about how and why it formed. She will also describe what brand new geochemical studies of the Cotham Marble are teaching us about the Triassic-Jurassic climate in the UK and the end-Triassic global mass extinction event.
7.00 p.m. AGM followed by this talk
BRLSI, 16 Queen Square Bath
Everyone welcome, £4 for visitors, free refreshments
The Bath Geological Society
is having its Annual General Meeting
on Thursday 4th February at 7 pm at the BRLSI in Queen Square, Bath
All members are welcome to attend the AGM
Two positions on the Bath GS committee will become vacant
- Membership secretary
- Fieldtrip programme secretary
Please contact the Chairman if you wish to fulfil either of these important roles.
. First talk of 2016 - title and speaker to be announced
as soon as possible. We are sorry about this unavoidable change to the published programme.
7.00 p.m. 16 Queen Square Bath - everyone welcome, visitors £4, free refreshments
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