Geology 1 - Ipswich - Most Mondays 10am

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LATEST PANDEMIC UPDATE: From September 2021, physical meetings and field trips have resumed (subject to further restrictions and advice from Government and U3A).

What we are doing in 2020-2021

This group explores how our planet was formed and is still evolving.  We discover how the huge variety of rocks is formed, how landscapes have been shaped, how mineral resources are found, and how so many features of our dynamic earth are inter-related.  This is a study that makes travel and landscape infinitely more interesting. 

We have regular meetings for presentations and discussions. Members joining the group come with various levels of prior knowledge, ranging from complete beginner to Open University degree in geology. The common factor is shared enthusiasm, and it is expected that all members will prepare at least one topic for presentation during the course of the year and also contribute to the discussions.

In addition to the regular meetings, in normal times (before the pandemic) we had occasional half-day or full-day external visits and field trips, and also a longer multi-day field trip in the summer. Past field trips have included many visits to local places (such as Walton-on-the-Naze, Bawdsey, Ipswich, Orwell River shore, Hunstanton, West Runton, The Brecks and Grimes Graves, Pakefield and Westleton), and longer trips to places further afield (including South Africa (2009), Ingleton (2010), Anglesea (2011), Dorset Jurassic coast (2012), Pembrokeshire (2013), Snowdonia (2014), Northumbria (2015), Yorkshire coast (2016), West Cornwall (2017), Isle of Wight (2018), Charnwood Forest and the British Geological Survey headquarters (2018), Southern Cyprus (2019), Black Country GeoPark (2019), and most recently Brecon Beacons 2021).

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