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Geology 1 - Ipswich - Most Mondays 10am

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LATEST PANDEMIC UPDATE: Since 30 March 2020, Geology 1 group has held a full programme of online meetings using Zoom. Our programme of geology talks and discussions continued each Monday at 10am, and during the depths of the lockdown we had additional informal social meetings weekly on Fridays.  Our programme of weekly online meetings for the 2020-2021 year is underway. Unfortunately, all field trips are postponed, but when circumstances permit, physical meetings and field trips will resume.

What we plan to do 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 visits to local places (such as Walton-on-the-Naze, Bawdsey, Ipswich, Orwell River shore, Hunstanton, West Runton, The Brecks and Grimes Graves), and longer trips to places further afield (including the Peak District, Anglesea, the Jurassic coast of Dorset, Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia, Northumbria, the Yorkshire coast, West Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Charnwood Forest and the British Geological Survey headquarters, and most recently Southern Cyprus).

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