British Geological Survey Press Releases

British Geological Survey Press Releases Having recently taken over some responsibility for contributing to a geology blog on the “Geology Matters” website, I think I should offer a brief introduction, and give some idea of my intentions in relation to the blog. I retired from full-time teaching in 2010, after 30+ years of teaching geology, [...]

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100 Years of the Geology at the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

When its doors opened on Wednesday 12th December 2012 the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery (DMAG) celebrated 100 years of geology being on display. For centuries geology has played an important role within the Dudley area and to the local community. According to current DMAG Keeper of Geology, Graham Worton, ‘The 100th anniversary will kick [...]

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A Geologist’s Christmas Carol

Back in the depths of the Little Ice Age, lived a cruel, cold-hearted man called Professor Ebenezer Lapworth. Ebenezer owned a geotechnical engineering firm called ‘Scrooge’s Slope Stabilisation’ and employed a significant workforce. However, his employees worked for pittance; they had no holidays for fossiling and defiantly NO coal in their stockings! The Black Country [...]

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Legacy of the locust

An excellent publication from New York State Museums*, summarising 300 years of research work on trilobite fossils, from Edward Lhuyd’s “flat-fish”, through Linneaus’ “puzzling stone insect” (Entomolithus paradoxus), right up to the modern day. An entire chapter is devoted to The Dudley Fossil, Locust, or Bug that we know today as Calymene blumenbachii. Even better, [...]

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Memories of the Dudley Earthquake, Part 2.

Over the past ten years there have been several rock and fossil fairs in Dudley, but no more events like that of September 2002. So what do people remember about it? Readers of the BCGS newsletter were asked to send in their memories of that night. Many of these were similar to the accounts the [...]

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Geology Walk: Lickey Hills

An opportunity this weekend to examine the geology of the Lickey Hills, just outside Birmingham this weekend. Guided walk following the Champions trail along the Lickey ridge and examine the contorted strata more closely in a disused quarry. More information is available from the website. Meet 11.00 on Sunday 28th October at Lickey Hills Visitor [...]

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Memories of the Dudley Earthquake, 22nd/23rd September 2002

I had not been a member of the Black Country Geological Society (BCGS) for long and was enjoying my first Dudley rock and fossil fair on the weekend of the 21st / 22nd September 2002. However, what happened as Sunday night passed into Monday morning made the weekend most memorable. During the night I sensed [...]

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Wren’s Nest art – Gastropod

This image shows another small art installation at Wren’s Nest, in “Snake Pit quarry”. Like so many of these names, we will never know why or how it got this name! The fossil sculpture depicts Poleumita, a gastropod (sea snail) which is sometimes found in these rocks. Dudley Museum has several examples, for example here, and [...]

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The life and times of Dr Fossil

  This weeks blog is an extract from the newsletter of the Black Country Geological Society entitled ’The Dudley Bug’ in which we have produced a special edition world exclusive report. Little has been known about this man of science…that is until now! Over the past few months we have tracked down the elusive Dr Fossil to explore his [...]

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Sleuthing the Silurian Volcano

Often the work of a geologist is like that of a detective – you need to work out the full story using only a few bits of available evidence. However, for geologists, the evidence is often millions of years old! So it is with these layers of rock at Wren’s Nest, near Dudley. On close [...]

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