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A Report of LGA Field Events held during Summer 2003


The 2003 field programme comprised seven meetings. These covered geology ranging from the Precambrian to the Quaternary at a variety of locations from Leeds Millennium Square and Knaresborough to Morecambe bay and Wales - the latter being the destination for another excellent residential weekend.

Field Programme: 2003

12 June 2003
Thursday Evening
Leeds Millennium Square and Surroundings Murray Mitchell
27 June 2003 -
29 June 2003
Friday - Sunday
Residential Weekend - North Wales Dr Malcolm Howells
10 July 2003
Thursday Evening
Allerton Park Quarry, near Knaresborough Bob Orange
Site Manager
20 July 2003
Sunday Daytime
Arnside to Silverdale Coast, Morecambe Bay Iain Burgess
3 August 2003
Sunday Daytime
AM: Scott Gate Ash Quarries, Pateley Bridge
PM: St Mary's Church, Fountains Abbey Estate
Dr Geoff Blacker
Murray Mitchell
13 Sept 2003
Saturday Daytime
Twistleton Glen, Yorkshire Dales
Joint Meeting with CPGS
Dr Jack Soper
4 October 2003
Saturday Daytime
AM: Total Environment Simulator, The Deep, Hull
PM: Public Visitor Centre, The Deep, Hull
Dr Stuart McLelland

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Excursion Details

Thursday 12th June 2003       —       Millennium Square, Leeds

Leader: Murray Mitchell.

Purpose: To examine the building stones used in the construction of the Millennium Square, Leeds, and its surroundings.

27 - 29th June 2003       —       Residential Weekend, North Wales

Leader: Dr Malcolm Howells.

Purpose: To examine the Precambrian basement, the Cambrian development on the western edge of Snowdonia, evolution of the Ordovician marginal basin and the changing patterns of sedimentation and basin evolution in the Late Ordovician / Silurian.

Geology: Precambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian.

Thursday 10th July 2003       —       Allerton Park Quarry

Leader: Mr Bob Orange, Site Manager, Hanson Aggregates.

Purpose: At Allerton Park Quarry, adjacent to the A1(M) near Knaresborough, Hanson Aggregates extract and process moraine material for aggregate. A separate unit operates a substantial domestic refuse disposal operation on the site, filling in the void created. We will be given an insight into their activities and have a chance to examine some of the drift geology.

Geology: Quaternary.

Sunday 20th July 2003       —       Arnside - Silverdale Coast, Morecambe Bay

Leader: Iain Burgess.

Purpose: To examine the geology of a section of the the coast between Arnside and Silverdale, Morecambe Bay. In particular, to examine cyclicity in the foreshore section in Park Limestone, the base of the Park Limestone, and to look for fossils in "Davidsonina Carbonaria Beds" exposed at Know End Point. To examine the section through the full thickness of Urswick Limestone at Trowbarrow Quarry where strata are almost vertical.

Geology: Carboniferous.

Maps and references: OS 1:25,000 OL 7 SE Lake District.

Sunday 3rd August 2003       —       Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale

Leader: Dr Geoff Blacker (morning) and Murray Mitchell (afternoon).

Purpose: During the morning we will investigate the geology and industrial archaeology of Scott Gate Ash Quarries (above Pateley Bridge) with Geoff Blacker. During the afternoon Murray Mitchell will describe the wealth of building and decorative stones in St Mary's Church at Studley Royal on the Fountains Abbey / Studley Royal Estate.

Geology: Carboniferous.

Maps and references: OS 1:25,000 Explorer 26 - Nidderdale.

Saturday 13th September 2003       —       River Doe Section, Twistleton Glen

Leader: Dr Jack Soper.

Purpose: To make a traverse of the best exposures of the Ingleton Group in Twistleton Glen, crossing the Skirwith Syncline (a major isoclinal fold), and to examine the relationship of the Acadian cleavage to this structure with a view to establishing its age.

Geology: ?Ordovician, ?Precambrian.

Maps and references: Artherton et al. 1988 BGS Memoir, 1: 50,000 Sheet 60, Settle.
Leedal and Walker 1950 Geol. Mag. 87 pp 57 - 66.

(Joint meeting with the Craven and Pendle Geological Society)

Saturday 4th October 2003       —       The Deep, Hull

Leader: Dr Stuart McLelland.

Purpose: Morning - an examination/demonstration of the Total Environment Simulator (TES) flume tank operated by Hull University at The Deep in Hull. Afternoon - optional visit to the public visitor centre at The Deep.

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