Coordinators: Penny Henderson (discussions) and Hanna Burke (excursions)
Field trips: 3rd Friday of every month (April to October inc.).
Discussions: 3rd Friday of every month (November to March inc.) 10 – 11.30am at The Ladyholme Centre in Windermere.
There may also be occasional discussion sessions during the spring and summer depending on field trip leaders who may wish to introduce the trip.
Group web page editor is Frances Green
The Geology Group started in March 2015 with Clive Boulter, a retired geologist, leading the discussions and activities. So far we have considered an overview of the evolution of the Lake District followed by a look at the processes responsible for the geological features in Ambleside's Lake District building stones. We then dealt with the sedimentary rocks on top of the volcanics (Windermere Supergroup), and covered the Borrowdale volcanics (lava flows and explosive eruptions) and the geology of the Skiddaw Group. Field visits have been made to Millom Rock Park/Hodbarrow Point, Ambleside's building stones, Yewdale (Coniston), St John's in the Vale, and Crinkle Crags.
Clive has now moved away from Ambleside but still finds time to lead the occasional field trip and this winter he is giving a series of talks on plate tectonics. Thanks to his inspiration and support everyone is very keen for the group to carry on and it is still thriving.
How the Earth Works - a mini course given by Clive
GPS data show Australia hurtling northwards at such a rate that topographic maps need to be recalibrated on a regular basis. Continental consequences of plate motion are captured in the rock record and the course examines the control exerted on almost every aspect of geology. Global scale interactions between lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere are controlled by Plate Tectonics illustrating how fundamental this activity is to our planet.
The course runs over three dates: November 15th, January 17th, February 21st. Each session builds on the previous one.
The course is open to all U3A members. However if you are not a member of the geology group and would like to attend the course please let Penny Henderson know.