North Eastern Geological Society 
(affiliated to the Geologists' Association)




Conspicuous brown weathering marks the extent of ankerite-rich metasomatism in the limestone close to Carr’s Vein. Although almost completely altered to ankerite-rich rock, original features such as bedding are clearly preserved. The steel walkway is the tourist exit from Carr’s Mine.
(photo: Brian Young)

The Famous Norber Erratics

Norber Brow.
Silurian Austwick Formation sandstone boulders resting on Carboniferous limestone.
Note how erosion of the underlying limestone since the last ice age has left some of the blocks on limestone pedestals.
(photo: Gordon Liddle)


December 2014 Newsletter: please read

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Next EventMembers' Evening Presentations: 12th December, 2014
1. Gordon Wilkinson: Uluru and Kata Tjuta – the geology of a unique area
2. Gordon Hull: People I've met on the road from Stanley to Pangaea
3. Christine Taylor: A particular quarry in Gloucestershire
Lectures are held at 7:30 pm in the Arthur Holmes lecture theatre, Science Laboratories site, South Rd., University of Durham. 

Stop Press!
There will be a joint meeting with the Yorkshire Geology Society. Details so far are as follows:
Title: “Mud, glorious mudstone”
Date and Time Saturday 31st January 2015: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham.
Organisers: John Knight (YGS) and Howard Armstrong (Earth Sciences, University of Durham.
Speakers and other details will be in the January 2015 Circular and on the YGS website.
NEGS members will receive a mailing of the final arrangements for speakers, abstracts, and location by mid January.

**********Some Additional Items**********
Two important documents regarding GeoconservationUK (formerly known as RIGS)
1. A Press release regarding the Charter

2. The Charter itself

Field Excursions organised by North West Highlands Geopark

A sculpture of the British Isles representing three billion years of the geological age of the Earth has been officially unveiled at Durham University.

More information from the talk "What Lies Beneath Us - A GeoSculpture at Durham University" given by Dr. Darren Grocke, Durham University

"Plates vs. Plumes". A Geological Controversy. Professor Gillian Foulger, N.E.G.S. University Liaison Officer and  winter Lecture Programme Organiser.

New publication: Carboniferous Geology: Bowland Fells to Pendle Hill. Ed. Paul Kabrna. cf. also Craven & Pendle Geol. Soc. under "Links"

A  downloadable poster to promote the Society.

Formation of a Durham RIGS Group

More thinsections from rocks donated by N.E.G.S. members: added 23rd. April 2014

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