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  • Resources for self-guided fieldtrips & home isolation

    These are strange times that we are living through at the moment and which is meaning changes to the life rhythms of even the Edinburgh Geological Society. As you probably aware, we had to cancel our AGM which was due to be held on the 18th March 2020. The next casualty will be our field The post Resources for self-guided fieldtrips & home isolation appeared first on […]

  • President’s Report for the Annual General Meeting 2018-19, due to be held March 2020

    The coronavirus measures mean we had to postpone our AGM for 2018-19 and our last lecture of the 2019-20 season. At this stage it is not clear for how long we need to self-isolate, but EGS will cancel the April-June excursions now and review the summer programme on a monthly basis as advice changes. It is likely The post President’s Report for the Annual […]

  • Charles Lyell’s notebooks saved

    The first lecture of this winter’s programme was on the topic of “Sir Charles Lyell: Making the archives of a public man of science public” on 16th October 2019 and was given by Dr David McClay – Philanthropy Manager, Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh.  The good news from the preceding day The post Charles […]

  • Clough Medal Lecture – 19 February 2020

    On Wednesday 19th February 2020, EGS Fellows gathered for the Clough Medal lecture held at the University of Edinburgh, Grant Institute.  The 2019-20 Clough Medal was awarded to Professor Kathy Whaler OBE, FRSE, FAGU (University of Edinburgh) for a distinguished career as an academic in the field of geophysics. Our current President, Bob Gatliff presented The post Clough […]

  • Port Askaig 2020 – Workshop at St Andrews 12-13 May 2020

    Cryogenian glaciation: the extraordinary Port Askaig record and its comparators 12-13 May 2020, University of St Andrews This international conference is designed to allow full presentations of the results of a long-term field campaign on the 1100 m thick Port Askaig Formation focussed on the extraordinarily complete exposures in the Garvellach Islands […]

  • School Poster – Edinburgh’s Rocks and People

    What makes Edinburgh special? Lots of different factors make a city, but one key feature that most visitors to Edinburgh notice is the dramatic landscape of the city centre. This is a landscape of rocky crags, cliffs and steep slopes surrounded by lower, flatter ground. It is derived from a mix of different kinds of The post School Poster – Edinburgh’s Rocks and […]

  • Local Geology Leaflets

    The Lothian and Borders GeoConservation Group has published over 30 leaflets about sites around Edinburgh. From St Abb’s Head on the Borders Coast to the Bathgate Hills in West Lothian, just about every important geological site in the area has a leaflet explaining a bit about the geology of the site, and guiding you to The post Local Geology Leaflets appeared first on […]

  • Saving & sharing the Charles Lyell Notebooks

    The Edinburgh Geological Society is delighted to support the successful campaign, launched by the University of Edinburgh, to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks. The 294 notebooks record in remarkable detail the life, travels, thoughts and ideas of this significant historical geologist. The Society pledged a donation towards the purchase of the notebooks, which were due […]

  • Wildlife treasures uncovered in Edinburgh’s newest park

    More than 200 different species of wildlife including locally rare butterflies have been found in Edinburgh’s newest park. Experts joined forces with local citizen scientists this summer to search for plants and animals at Little France Park in the east of the city during a special Wildlife Week. The species recorded in the park included… The post Wildlife […]

  • EGS Public Lecture: The Secret Life of Carbon

    Public lecture exploring the role of carbon in Earth systems The post EGS Public Lecture: The Secret Life of Carbon appeared first on Edinburgh Geological Society.

  • Recognising Scotland’s Geological Heritage: introducing the Scottish Geology Trust

    The Edinburgh Geological Society fully supports the creation of the Scottish Geology Trust, a new, national charity that will promote and celebrate Scotland’s geology and its value to society, and encourage its conservation. This initiative arose from a meeting of interested parties hosted by EGS last autumn, which included all of Scotland’s geological societies, […]

  • New film explores Little France Park

    Local residents Sarah Ford-Hutchinson and Barrie Williams have created a film exploring Little France Park in Edinburgh. This is the city’s newest park and, covering 45 hectares, it is the largest in a generation. Little France Park has reclaimed unmanaged grassland for the local community and carves out a green corridor from the city centre to… The post New […]

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