****This group is currently meeting online, until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.****
The Group Coordinator is Frank Taylor. 01200 443633.
At the moment the Geology Group is meeting online on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm, using the Zoom App. Members will be sent a link for each meeting during the week before. If others wish to join please contact the group convenor, Frank Taylor.
In normal times the Group meets in the Community Room at Clitheroe Fire Station, at 2pm on the second Wednesday of the month.
We are enthusiastic learners, not expert geologists, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the fascinating world around us. Our meetings this year (2020) are themed in part on refreshing our knowledge of tectonic plates, and the ancient ages of the earth, although we will cover many other things. Several times a year we have outings or visits, and in the last year we have visited the Stone Centre in Derbyshire, and spent three days on a fascinating field trip to the Isle of Anglesey.
Most of our regular meetings involve input from group members, who take a topic, go away and research it, then present to the group. Some members have done this for the first time in their lives! (U3A at its best). Occasionally we welcome outside speakers, and on one occasion we hosted the head of Petroleum Geology for Shell Oil to speak on the geology of oil exploration. This coup came about because his parents are members of the group - keep it in the family!
New members are always welcome, we learn together, and also have a lot of fun. Our motto is Geology Rocks!
Later in the year, all being well, we hope be visiting Castleton and Mam Tor, introducing the Geology of New Zealand, learning more about the Pacific North West, and visiting.
Above right are links to the pictures and Graphics of a talk given by Lesley Collins on The Tectonic Evolution of Scotland, in two parts. In February 2020 Lesley came to present this fabulous explanation of the complicated terrain of Scotland. Please note the references at the end, and that the majority of charts and graphics are taken from the OU SXR 399 Book.
The Group has enjoyed two video lectures by Nick Zentner, lecturer in Geology at Central Washington University. These are fascinating public lectures, given to a non technical audience of U3A age. Nick has a wonderful style for opening up a subject. Here are links to two of these on YouTube. Oh and if you really miss chalk-boards, these are great fun.
Supervolcanoes in the Pacific NW which covers a lot lot more than Yellowstone!
Supercontinents and the Pacific NW which opens up really ancient geological history, when Australia was (probably) attached to North America!
There are lots more on his YouTube channel.
Below is a picture of 20 of the group at Coplow Quarry behind the (previous) Black Bull on Pimlico Road, which Hanson Cement have landscaped as a wildflower meadow between limestone cliffs declared an SSSI. We were the very first group to be allowed in there.