Wells

Geology

Studying Rocks, Minerals and Fossils from Pangaea to the Polden Hills

Leaders Walford and Sue
Meeting Patternvaries
Venuevaries Zoom meetings

BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE CORONA VIRUS

Our Geology group used to meet indoors at Wookey Hole Village Hall during the first Friday afternoon of each month. Having two excellent retired professors in Geology in our midst and a couple of people who have studied the subject of A-Level Geology, we have had no shortage of speakers. That session is very informal, and nobody, absolutely nobody, is made to feel ignorant. We had 40 chairs, a projector provided by a member and a screen. Coffee or tea is provided after each presentation.
In addition: Usually on one Monday morning a month, Prof Doug Robinson takes us out on a Field trip requiring sensible shoes or boots, protection from the occasional burst of rain and a magnifying lens to look closely as some of the rocks and fossils. When Mendip was in Tier 3 we could have six members walking out with the Professor.

GEOLOGY IN WELLS U3A now in 2021

At this Tier-5 stage we are not able to have any Field trips at all. Neither can we have any indoor meetings however carefully the Hall managers try to fit us in. What we have started is a series on remote meetings using Zoom, which are taking place twice a month. In February Prof Robinson will present a talk about Alstone Rock in the county of Durham and the Whinsill rise near Hadrian's Wall nearby.
The sooner we can get back to normal the better!

In normal times...

Whilst studying the basics of Geology (rocks/minerals) and Palaeontology (fossils), we try to put the theory into context by looking at the effects on our local landscape, buildings and industry.

The monthly meetings are a combination of audio/video lectures, short presentations by members and general discussion, with museum visits and field trips between meetings to give everyone a feel for the rocks and processes beneath our feet and around us, as well as our own impact on planet Earth. We use the DVD lecture series entitled The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology as the basis of our studies, watching one lecture per month. Send us a message via the pigeon icon on this page to find out more about joining our group (the group is now full, with a short waiting list in operation).

View Geo News 2018 and Geo News 2017 for recent developments in the field and the Geo Lending Library page for our growing collection of reference material. Check the Diary below for details of previous meetings, visits and field trips (No visits or field trips currently scheduled, and meetings are zoom only) and follow our adventures via the links in the table below:-

AgendaLecturePresentationVisit/Field trip
Geology Agenda 6-4-18-Hydrothermal Mineral Deposits [ST]TBD
Geology Agenda 2-3-18cancelledcancelledcancelled
Geology Agenda 2-2-18Kinds of RocksMass Extinctions [Palaeocast podcast]Ebbor Gorge - 2018-02-19
Geology Agenda 5-1-18Identification of MineralsTheropods and Birds [Palaeocast podcast]Wells stones 2018-01-22
Geology Agenda 1-12-17-Icelandic Volcanoes[SK], Anions and Cations [JA]cancelled
Geology Agenda 3-11-17Classification of MineralsMary Anning [Evolution Talk podcast], The Beginning - Life [Evolution Talk podcast]New Cut 2017-11-20
Geology Agenda 6-10-17-History of Earth in 75 mins [Common Descent podcast]Middle Hope - 16-10-17
Geology Agenda 1-9-17The Formation of MineralsThe Core of the Earth [HL]Sea dragons of Street; Wookey Hole to Split Rock - 2017-09-18
Geology Agenda 4-8-17Plate TectonicsThe Cambrian Explosion [JA]Tor Hill 21-08-17
Geology Agenda 7-7-17Continental DriftPlate Tectonics and the Mendips [ST]Nibs Hanging 31-07-17
Geology Agenda 2-6-17Geology - How to Find a Dinosaur (TED Talk)Geology - Studying On-line [JA]Vallis Vale 19-06-17
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Appreciating Literature Art Appreciation
Badminton Bird Watching
Book Group Book Group 2
Cards for Pleasure Chemistry - Its Effect on Everyday Life
Chess Clock Repairs
Conversational French Cosmology Group
Creative Writing Croquet
Current Affairs Current Affairs 2
Cycling Digital Photography
Easy Rides Cycling Group En Français
Environmental Issues French (intermediate)
Garden Visits Geology
History (Eastern Civilisation) Italian Conversation
Jazz, Swing & Crooners Local History
Making Music MOTO (Members On Their Own)
Music Appreciation Open Minds
Opera Group 1 Opera Group 2
Out & About Painting for Pleasure
Petanque 1 Petanque 2
Play Reading Poetry Appreciation
Reading for Pleasure Relaxation Technique
Saturday Lunch Group Science & Cosmology
Scrabble Shakespeare Group
Singing for Pleasure Strollers
Sunday Lunch Group 1 Sunday Lunch Group 2
Table Tennis Theatre Group
Walking Group 1 Walking Group 2
Wildflower Walks Wine Appreciation
Writing