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Hon. Excursions Sec.:Geoff Gilchrist
Speakers’ Sec.: C. Hunt
161st Session programme - 2019/2020
Because there are now barriers at the entrance to
the main LJMU building, visitors have to be swiped
in by a member of staff and sign in as a visitor. This
takes longer than previously so you will need to
Tuesday 19th November
Joint meeting of LGS and Herdman Geological
Societies – at 7.30pm in the Herdman Building, 4
Brownlow St, University of Liverpool, L69 3GP.
Lecture by Prof Jim Marshall (University of
Title: Liverpool: Geology, History, Water - and Beer!
This talk will review how geological processes have
shaped the landscape and historical development of
Liverpool. Triassic sedimentary rocks cut by later
north-south trending faults define the underlying
landscape. They provided building stone and the
sites suitable for the development of cathedrals,
universities and football stadia. This bedrock housed
the water resources used by local industry including
the brewery trade. Quaternary erosion by glaciers
and glacial outwash streams with subsequent
deposition of softer sediments give us the Mersey
and the ‘Liver Pool’, and the foundation of a global
city. Geological investigations have proved crucial in
the construction of tunnels and major building
projects and continue today.
Tickets for LGS members: £3 to cover refreshments
Student tickets: £5 payment covers refreshments
and gives Herdman members LGS membership for
N.B. Tickets are still available for this event. If you
would like to reserve a ticket and pay on 19th
November, please contact Maggie Williams (Hon.
Lecture by Prof. Andy Biggin,
University of Liverpool -
insights into the
deep Earth and
The lecture will
be about the
work of the
from Palaeomagnetism) group of 12
researchers at the University of
Liverpool and about our recent
findings. We combine field geology,
lab measurements and numerical
simulations to try and unlock the
secrets of Earth’s core and lower
mantle using records of the ancient
geomagnetic field. Such records are
a unique resource in studying how
the interior of our planet has
changed because they contain a
signal derived directly from the
outer core and retained in rocks at
the surface for up to several billion
3rd Dec. LGS Quiz at 6.45 p.m. in Room G33 at
Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, L3
Details: LGS Quiz - & Cheese & Wine Evening
Geoff Gilchrist will be running this quiz in room G33,
but you will need to sign in at the main desk in the
James Parsons Building. Hazel Clark suggests that
we meet at the main desk in the entrance hall at
6.45 p.m. and all go to G33 where we can make a
prompt start to the quiz at 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday 10th December
Practical Session with Jim Marshall and
Maggie Williams (University of Liverpool)
at 7.00 p.m. in the Central Teaching Hub of
University of Liverpool, Off Brownlow Hill, L69 7BX.
Title: Portland and Purbeck Limestones.
Come and explore the structures and the fabrics
of sedimentary rocks and the spectacular fossils
they contain. Learn how they can be used to study
changes in sea level and climate in the past. The
Portland and Purbeck limestones from Dorset
mark the local Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary.
They provide building stones which are found in
Liverpool and throughout the country. The
practical, based on a transect through the
sequence, will enable you to examine samples in
hand specimen and thin section.
Members’ evening: Chris Hunt,
Philip Firth, Hazel Clark
Lecture by: Dr. Steve Barrett,
University of Liverpool. - Image
analysis in Earth Science
Distinguished Visitor’s Address:
Prof. John Nudds - Archaeopteryx
Herdmann Symposium - Climate
variation through Earth’s history
Joint meeting with NWRG Geol.
Soc.: Iain Henrys - 2010 Chile
Annual dinner -Villa Romana
Lecture by; Prof. Cynthia Burek,
University of Chester - Lanzarote
All indoor meetings at 7.30pm in Lecture Theatre 137 of
Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street L3 3AF
unless otherwise stated.
Campus map of LJMU - please click to get one you can
read! The meeting is in the City Campus (1)
The building map is here:
Go in the main entrance - up to the first floor - and all the
way along the corridors towards the James Parsons Tower .
At the end of the corridor is the Lecture Theatre.