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Come & visit the Geologists’ Association at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival - "the GA really is for EVERYONE interested i...
14/07/2021
Fossil Festival Lyme Regis Dorset England

Come & visit the Geologists’ Association at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival - "the GA really is for EVERYONE interested in geology” says the Rock Showman.

The GA is one of many partners contributing to this year's online Festival website - do visit the LYME REGIS FOSSIL & EARTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL to join in the fun!

The Lyme Fossil & Earth Science Festival website is at https://earthsciencefestival.com/

The GA's festival fun can be found at
https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/lyme-regis-fossil-festival-2021/

Welcome to the Fossil Festival Lyme Regis Dorset England hosted by The Earth Science Festival Lyme Regis - A New Era in Learning from the Jurassic Coast

Older Rockwatchers may like to take part in an online course exploring the geology of the Yorkshire Dales with Rockwatch...
24/06/2021

Older Rockwatchers may like to take part in an online course exploring the geology of the Yorkshire Dales with Rockwatch friend Dr Liam Herringshaw.

The two-hour evening course which takes place from 7-9pm on Wednesday 30 June will explore what fossils can be found there, and what the Yorkshire Dales were like 300 million years ago.

To book visit the Hidden Horizon's website now!

https://hiddenhorizons.co.uk/products/an-introduction-to-the-fossils-of-the-yorkshire-dales-online-course-7-to-9pm-30-june-2021

Older Rockwatchers may like to take part in an online course exploring the geology of the Yorkshire Dales with Rockwatch friend Dr Liam Herringshaw.

The two-hour evening course which takes place from 7-9pm on Wednesday 30 June will explore what fossils can be found there, and what the Yorkshire Dales were like 300 million years ago.

To book visit the Hidden Horizon's website now!

https://hiddenhorizons.co.uk/products/an-introduction-to-the-fossils-of-the-yorkshire-dales-online-course-7-to-9pm-30-june-2021

Virtual Zoom Meeting Saturday June 19th 2021 @7pm-9pmPlease join the GA Zoom workshop on Geological Collections. Present...
18/06/2021
UK Field Trips | Geologists' Association

Virtual Zoom Meeting Saturday June 19th 2021 @7pm-9pm

Please join the GA Zoom workshop on Geological Collections. Presented by Dr Caroline Buttler and a team from National Museum Wales in Cardiff.

Collecting rocks and fossils often sparks an interest in geology, whether it is as a child or an adult, the questions raised about Deep-time and how things were in the past fascinate us. Geological collections are found in many of our museums and universities but also in our garages and shoe boxes.

This workshop will aim to cover a wide range of topics including; collecting responsibly, reporting your finds and asking for help, labelling and cataloguing, caring for your collection, ethics, hazards and legacy. In order to make this as interactive as possible using Zoom, we’ll use a mixture of PowerPoint slides and group discussions, with plenty of opportunity for questions.

The workshop will be presented by staff from Natural Sciences Department, Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales in Cardiff:

Dr Caroline Buttler - Head of Palaeontology

Dr Jana Horak – Head of Mineralogy/Petrology

Cindy Howells – Palaeontology Curator and

Tom Cotterell – Mineralogy

Sign up via the GA website at https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/ukfield/
or by phoning Sarah on 07952 700246

UK Field Trips The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of day-long and weekend field meetings. If you would like further information on any of the events below, please contact Sarah Stafford at the GA Office on 020 7434 9298 or by e-mail: [email protected]. You can ...

Oliver recently discovered a fossil whilst exploring the Lea Quarry on the Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, which is a popula...
04/06/2021

Oliver recently discovered a fossil whilst exploring the Lea Quarry on the Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, which is a popular Rockwatch fieldtrip location and sent this fabulous find in to ask for help in identifying it.

What do you think it could be?

You can find out more on the Rockwatch website.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/olivers-fossil-find/

Oliver recently discovered a fossil whilst exploring the Lea Quarry on the Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, which is a popular Rockwatch fieldtrip location and sent this fabulous find in to ask for help in identifying it.

What do you think it could be?

You can find out more on the Rockwatch website.
https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/olivers-fossil-find/

Rockwatch is excited to launch Fabulous Finds! If you love fossil, rock or mineral hunting then you’re going to love our...
16/05/2021

Rockwatch is excited to launch Fabulous Finds! If you love fossil, rock or mineral hunting then you’re going to love our brand new fabulous finds section!

Here you’ll find our fossil identification form where you can send us photos and details about what you’ve found, and we’ll write back with our thoughts on what you’ve unearthed.

In this section you’ll also be able to dig deeper and find details about some other fabulous finds that have been identified, including finds sent in by other Rockwatchers, hopefully to help inspire you to send in details about treasures of your own.

We look forward to receiving and then sharing details about your fabulous finds soon!

Find out more on the Rockwatch website at https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/fabulous-finds/

Rockwatch is excited to launch Fabulous Finds! If you love fossil, rock or mineral hunting then you’re going to love our brand new fabulous finds section!

Here you’ll find our fossil identification form where you can send us photos and details about what you’ve found, and we’ll write back with our thoughts on what you’ve unearthed.

In this section you’ll also be able to dig deeper and find details about some other fabulous finds that have been identified, including finds sent in by other Rockwatchers, hopefully to help inspire you to send in details about treasures of your own.

We look forward to receiving and then sharing details about your fabulous finds soon!

Find out more on the Rockwatch website at https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/fabulous-finds/

We’re thrilled to announce details of the Rockwatch’s Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021! It’s a key highlight ...
16/05/2021

We’re thrilled to announce details of the Rockwatch’s Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021! It’s a key highlight of the Rockwatch Calendar and we look forward to receiving your entries in this year’s competition.

You don’t have to be a Rockwatch member to enter and we have different age categories and media types to choose from – there’s so much scope for you to get creative with your wonderful geology submissions.

Find out more about Rockwatch's Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021 Now!

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/rockstars-and-rockwriter-competitions/

We’re thrilled to announce details of the Rockwatch’s Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021! It’s a key highlight of the Rockwatch Calendar and we look forward to receiving your entries in this year’s competition.

You don’t have to be a Rockwatch member to enter and we have different age categories and media types to choose from – there’s so much scope for you to get creative with your wonderful geology submissions.

Find out more about Rockwatch's Rockstar Young Geologists’ Competition 2021 Now!

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/rockstars-and-rockwriter-competitions/

Older Rockwatchers are invited to register for this year's Virtual GA Student Symposium (vGASS) 2021 on the Geologists' ...
16/05/2021
Geologists’ Association Student Symposium 2021 | Geologists' Association

Older Rockwatchers are invited to register for this year's Virtual GA Student Symposium (vGASS) 2021 on the Geologists' Association website.

The event will be run virtually over two half days; the afternoon of Thursday 20 May and the morning of Friday 21 May 2021.

vGASS presents a unique opportunity for geology students to share their research not only with their peers but with professional and amateur geologists as well and delegates will have the opportunity to hear talks by Dr Mike Simmons on Geoscience and the Energy Transition and Prof. Iain Stewart and Dr Dr Özlem Adiyaman Lopes (UNESCO) on an International Geoscience Programme enabling geoscientists to achieve sustainable development goals.

The events costs £10 to register but discounts are available through local GA Groups.

Register now at https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/gass/#gassregister

Virtual GA Student Symposium (vGASS) 2021 Government restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to remain in place for some months and this will prevent us from holding the GA’s Student Symposium (GASS) at Burlington House this year. Therefore the event will be run virtually over two ...

Save the dates! The Royal Society have announced that this year’s Annual Summer Science Programme is taking place from 8...
16/05/2021
Summer Science 2021 | Royal Society

Save the dates! The Royal Society have announced that this year’s Annual Summer Science Programme is taking place from 8-11 July 2021.

As part of this there will be special school events online on 8-9 July which you need to register for in advance.

Sign up to receive an email so they can contact you when the full Programme is published.

https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/summer-science-exhibition/

A free digital showcase of the science shaping our future

Ever wanted to look into the eye of a volcano? Well now you can, thanks to recent footage taken by drones in Iceland, as...
09/04/2021

Ever wanted to look into the eye of a volcano? Well now you can, thanks to recent footage taken by drones in Iceland, as reported in Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið's.

Photographer and entrepreneur Björn Steinbekk shares this incredible footage so we are able to see right into the eye of the eruption and over the eruption fissure.

The beauty and intensity of the event is captured with mesmerizing detail - it’s absolutely spectacular! Find out more on the Rockwatch website.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/look-into-the-eye-of-a-volcano/

Ever wanted to look into the eye of a volcano? Well now you can, thanks to recent footage taken by drones in Iceland, as reported in Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið's.

Photographer and entrepreneur Björn Steinbekk shares this incredible footage so we are able to see right into the eye of the eruption and over the eruption fissure.

The beauty and intensity of the event is captured with mesmerizing detail - it’s absolutely spectacular! Find out more on the Rockwatch website.

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/look-into-the-eye-of-a-volcano/

Rockwatchers may be interested to join in with this week's STEM-related careers talks to mark International Women's Day ...
08/03/2021
STEM Mode In: On Lockdown with the Stemettes - Registration & Replay links - Stemettes ®

Rockwatchers may be interested to join in with this week's STEM-related careers talks to mark International Women's Day with Anglo American, De Beers and Stemettes. Speakers include professional geologists. #IWD2021

Free events are taking place today, Wednesday and Friday. You can find out more at https://stemettes.org/onlineevents/

Our 13-week online programme of STEM activities for Stemettes, their Parents and Guardians during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rockwatchers may be interested to know that The Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society’s Rock Show Online goes live toda...
01/03/2021

Rockwatchers may be interested to know that The Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society’s Rock Show Online goes live today!

The show features exhibits about the rock cycle, fossils and dinosaurs, fluorescent minerals, industry and the arts so there’s something for everyone whether it’s to support your GCSE science curriculum or you have a passion for geology.

https://www.hhgs.org.uk/RockShowOnline.html

Rockwatchers may be interested to know that The Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society’s Rock Show Online goes live today!

The show features exhibits about the rock cycle, fossils and dinosaurs, fluorescent minerals, industry and the arts so there’s something for everyone whether it’s to support your GCSE science curriculum or you have a passion for geology.

https://www.hhgs.org.uk/RockShowOnline.html

Well done to 4 year old Lily Wilder for her fantastic dinosaur footprint find at the popular Rockwatch fieldtrip locatio...
03/02/2021

Well done to 4 year old Lily Wilder for her fantastic dinosaur footprint find at the popular Rockwatch fieldtrip location, Bendricks Bay, Barry in Wales. Let's hope we can return there for more fossil fun soon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55863928

#fossil #rockwatch #dinosaurs #footprint #bendricksbay #Wales #Barry

Photo credit: National Museum of Wales.

Well done to 4 year old Lily Wilder for her fantastic dinosaur footprint find at the popular Rockwatch fieldtrip location, Bendricks Bay, Barry in Wales. Let's hope we can return there for more fossil fun soon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55863928

#fossil #rockwatch #dinosaurs #footprint #bendricksbay #Wales #Barry

Photo credit: National Museum of Wales.

28/12/2020

Rockwatchers may be interested in the first Royal Institute Christmas Lecture which is on BBC 4 tonight at 8.00pm. It's by a great friend of Rockwatch - Chris Jackson, professor in Geology at Imperial College London. He will be charting the planet's changing climate. Once it was caused by volcanic activity; now, however, its humans who are generating all the trouble! He'll be showing us how the planet's oldest rocks and fossils tell a story of radical climate changes throughout history and how the Earth's finely balanced tectonic system - volcanoes - has controlled the level of carbon dioxide in the air. Now though, for the first time, humans are tipping the balance.
Sounds like something to watch!
BBC 4 tonight at 800

07/12/2020
register.gotowebinar.com

Rockwatchers may be interested in the Imperial College London's Children's Christmas Lecture which this year is being held online. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 17.30 - 18.30.

Join Professor Sanjeev Gupta on a journey to Mars, to search for evidence of ancient extraterrestrial life! Find out how geologists use robots to explore the Red Planet and work out what the Martian landscape looked like early in our closest neighbour’s history. Do rock records on Mars show that life was possible in the planet's ancient environments? How is evidence preserved in rocks on Mars? Join our Children’s Christmas lecture to find out!

Sanjeev Gupta is Professor of Earth Sciences at Imperial College London. As a geologist he has spent much of his career studying sedimentary rock formations in various places including Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula and landscapes beneath the English Channel. In the last 10 years, he rotated his attention to exploring the geology of Mars. Sanjeev is a science team member on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory – the Curiosity rover – and on the Perseverance and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

The lecture is aimed at 11-16 year olds and together with the Q&A session will last for one hour and it is free to attend.

You can share this link with your colleagues, students, friends and family so that they can register too. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the lecture through GoToWebinar.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3905142456656298509

Mission Control at the Geologists' Association - aka Rockwatch HQ - at today's Virtual Festival of Geology! Live talks, ...
07/11/2020

Mission Control at the Geologists' Association - aka Rockwatch HQ - at today's Virtual Festival of Geology! Live talks, workshops and break out groups currently taking place and more to come! Please join us! https://festivalofgeology.org.uk #vfog
@GeolAssoc

Thank you so much Dr Amy Edgington for presenting such a fun and engaging session! There were lots of amazing questions ...
07/11/2020

Thank you so much Dr Amy Edgington for presenting such a fun and engaging session! There were lots of amazing questions for those who joined in. We found out so much about what earthquakes can teach us about the Earth and how to create your own shake-proof building!

Don't worry if you missed it, you'll be able to watch the session again and catch up with questions and answers soon on the website. We'll let you know when it's available.

There's still plenty to see and do on the festival website at https://festivalofgeology.org.uk/ so come and join us in the Rockwatch discovery room!

Download your Rockwatch Challenge Passport from the Rockwatch website today ready for when the Virtual Festival of Geolo...
06/11/2020

Download your Rockwatch Challenge Passport from the Rockwatch website today ready for when the Virtual Festival of Geology goes live tomorrow!

Step 1: You will find thirteen questions all across the virtual Festival of Geology website and on this passport. Find and answer ten
questions, making sure to record your answers in this passport.

Step 2: Simply fill in the online entry form or take a picture of your completed downloaded passport and email it to [email protected].

Step 3: We will get in touch to confirm your entry and post you your woven challenge badge!

Good luck!

https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/complete-the-rockwatch-passport-challenge/

To help you plan your visit to the Virtual Festival of Geology – aka vFOG 2020 – here’s a handy summary of the Live Even...
05/11/2020

To help you plan your visit to the Virtual Festival of Geology – aka vFOG 2020 – here’s a handy summary of the Live Events taking place on Saturday 7 November.

Rockwatch will be in the Discovery Room all day for the interactive sessions at 11am with the Geobus Earthquake Challenge, and then at 2pm with the Chalking with Dinosaurs workshop.

You can still sign up to these FREE events and join in the fun!

There are lots of FREE public lectures and chatrooms you can visit throughout the day. Just sign up to take part! Put your questions to our guest speakers or chat to others who share your passion for geology.

Sign up at https://www.rockwatch.org.uk/live-events-schedule-for-vfog-2020/

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Hi, can anybody recommended a microscope suitable for a beginner to examine both mineral and fossil finds please? I'd like to spend about £100-150 and would like a binocular type with the ability to link to phone for pics or laptop connection to save images. Thank you
Rockwatch member Lawrence found an awesome ammonite in one of the illminster arable fields in Somerset today!
For all geologists and collectors! A date for your diary: Essex Gem & Mineral Show – Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10am - 4pm at North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row RM5 3QJ. Gems, rocks, fossils, minerals, jewellery, books, meteorites. www.erms.org/show--events.
Tickets still available for Wednesday talk in Wisbech.
A few fossils found this morning by my 6 year old from Bishops Hill in south Warwickshire. Assuming Jurassic period as blue lias area, crinoid stems and Gryphaea?
https://www.facebook.com/VAR.CLUB/videos/495849900883648/ T. rex and Curatosaurus roberticus missing. If found please return to Wisbech & Fenland museum.
Former Rockwatch member Gareth Monger has an exhibition of artwork for sale at wisbech and Fenland museum’s Dinosaur! Exhibition of dinosaur skeletons from Sedgwick museum and palaeoart by a local artist. Children’s activities and virtual reality sessions. Free admission. See website or Facebook for details
Dinosaur! Exhibition at Wisbech and Fenland museum. Tuesdays -Saturdays 10 - 4pm August and September. Free admission. Children’s activities and VIRTUAL REALITY sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. See website for further details
A fab day at Much Wenlock!
We had such an AMAZING time at Much Wenlock today. I'm sure I carted home several kilograms of fossils for my sons! And after 38 years I finally found a trilobite. And then several more. Now for the T-rex bone ...
Some great finds at Bracklesham Bay!
Thank you for a nice (bit wet, hehe) and informative field trip to Lea Quarry.