Western Region GS - Arid and Desert Soils: Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
Tuesday 11 March
The talk will combine both engineering geology and geotechnical insights and will be of interest to a wide range of geo-specialists. Andrew and Rob will provide a general background to soil types worldwide, emphasising the influence of geology and climate (past and present) on the development of soil types in arid climates. Examples will be drawn from various locations including Central Asia, Southern and North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula describing the development of distinctive landforms. The engineering behaviour of these soils is strongly influenced by the effects of climate and various types of challenging engineering behaviour will be described. The talk will show the benefits obtained by collaboration between the geo-disciplines when working with these potentially difficult soils.
The event is open to non-fellows, so please feel free to invite your colleagues or friends.
6.30p.m. Dept Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol
WEGA - Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Archaeology
Dr Nick Ashton from the British Museum
7.30 p.m. Dept Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol
is a network of UK universities offering free online courses
, and there is one coming up on Moons
starting on 17th March
, for 8 weeks - they estimate about 3 hours of study a week.
Each week a series of lectures and/or articles is put up on the web, and you can access as and when you choose. There is a quiz at the end, but there is no requirement to do this - or indeed to do any parts that don't interest you. Visit the website for more information
The new draft for the Science KS4 (GCSE) curriculum contains no plate tectonics
. Plate tectonics is included in the KS3 (11 - 14 year-olds) Geography curriculum but only as the explanation for a number of geographical phenomena worldwide and not as a process that should be scientifically investigated and understood in its own right. A scientific understanding of plate tectonics provides the ‘unifying theory’ which pulls rock cycle processes, together with other global processes, into an understanding of the whole Earth machine. Thus plate tectonics provides a holistic understanding of Earth processes and the scientific principles that underpin them, forming the basis of an understanding of the Earth as dynamic complex and interacting systems.
Only through studying this and its underpinning scientific principles, can a proper understanding be gained of the elements of Earth science currently included in both the National Curriculum science at KS3 and the draft KS4 curriculum. Since plate tectonic theory is so central to Earth science understanding, it is not surprising that it has formed a key part of the science curriculum until now.
Please can you help to reverse this current proposal of excluding plate tectonic theory from the new GCSE Science National Curriculum by writing to your MPs and generally lobbying anyone who might influence the situation.
There is an employment opening
at the Gloucestershire Geology Trust
based in Gloucester.
We require a person for 1-2 days a week to help run the office and lead on a few part time areas of work. The role would pay at the equivalent of £24,000/yr but on a self employed basis. The majority of the work would be on their own but with the support and help of a dozen or so others. It would be based in our office in Gloucester and involve a fair bit of outdoor work. It has the potential to expand into a full-time role if the person is successful in fundraising !!!!
We require someone who is both geologically competent as well as a good organiser and self motivated. They would need to be located in or very close to the County and
have some familiarity with the local area.For further info please contact Mark.
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