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Solent Regional Group launched

Kimmeridge Bay, with Portland on the horizon. The Solent Regional Group extends beyond it eponymous inlet...

The Society has launched a new regional group, writes Amanda Lane

Geoscientist Online 23 March 2009

From the dinosaur-trampled Isle of Wight and the stunning Jurassic coast to the west, to the actively changing coastline throughout, the Solent is a region with plenty of opportunity to sample both classic south coast geology and current coastal processes.

We have established the Solent Regional Group to enable both professional and amateur geologists in this area to have a focus for fieldtrips and lectures to explore the local geology. We are delighted that the formation of the group has been supported by the Geological Society and thank those on the Council and in the adjacent groups who have contributed in helping us to get the group up and running.

Our committee is currently a mix of industry and academia, keen to provide a combination of lectures and fieldtrips with a wide appeal, reflecting the local varied geology as well as some more classic subjects, such as volcanoes, and also environmentally topical ones, such as carbon capture. We are keen for feedback and ideas for future events, plus of course anyone who would like to volunteer to be on the committee.

Those of you in the SO and PO postcodes (plus in certain adjacent postcodes) will have heard from us by now with our programme for 2009. We launched our activities at the start of April with a fascinating field trip in search of the dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight, including a wine tasting session of wines grown on Cretaceous soils!

Our section on the regional groups page of the Geological Society website is up and running so please see there for details of our activities. If you wish to contact us then please do not hesitate to do so: Amanda Lane (Chair) ([email protected]) or Wendy Furgusson (Secretary) ([email protected]), both on 023 8081 7500.