The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 359 
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Welcome to the fortnightly Geological Society Newsletter.

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Earth Science Week 2019 - grant applications are open!

If you’re thinking of running an event for Earth Science Week 2019 (12-20 October), you can apply for up to £150 to help.
Register your event online, and fill out an additional online form to apply – the deadline is 19 August. 

Earth Science Week is an annual celebration of the geology all around us. Through public events like geowalks, talks, open days and hands on activities, organisations and individuals aim to raise awareness of geology and how it affects our lives.


Coordinated by the American Geoscience Institute in the US, and the Geological Society of London in the UK and Ireland, the week also takes place in an increasing number of countries around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Geoscience is for everyone.'

You can find out more about Earth Science Week, have a look at some past events and register your own on the Geological Society website.
 
 
Save Charles Lyell's Notebooks

The Geological Society, alongside a number of institutions, groups and individuals, is supporting the University of Edinburgh’s campaign to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks, which are due to be sold abroad.

The 294 notebooks and manuscripts provide a daily record of Lyell’s private thoughts, travels, field observations and conversations. In response to their sale to an unknown buyer overseas last year, the UK government has imposed a temporary export ban to enable fundraising to purchase and conserve them, and make them available online for free to the public. The sun required is £1,444,000; major donors have already pledged more than a third of the total needed.
The ban has a deadline of 15 July, which may be extended to 15 October if significant progress is made. For more information and to make a pledge, please visit the website.
 
Library Updates
 
 
Recent Special Issues in the Virtual Library

The Recent Special Issues section of the Virtual Library contains details of thematic special issues from e-journals which are available to Fellows. These include both the Library’s ‘Athens’ login journals and ones which are freely available online.

New special issues on the following topics have been added to June’s section.
   
Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
 
Groups & Networks
 
Contaminated Land Group: NAPL in the UK context, does it matter?

6 November 2019
The Priory Rooms meeting and conference centre, Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF


From petrol and diesel to chlorinated solvents and coal tar, the UK has a legacy of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contamination beneath the ground. In this, the Geological Society’s Year of Carbon, the Contaminated Land Group invite you to join a one day conference looking at characterising and managing NAPL.

The day will run in four sessions:
  1. Keynotes on dense and light non aqueous phase liquids.
  2. Existing guidance and its application in the UK.
  3. Assessing risks from non-aqueous phase liquid.
  4. Remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid.
 
 
Solent Regional Group: The lines of evidence approach to challenges faced in engineering geological practice 

Dr Kevin Privett 
Visiting Research Fellow, SEES, University of Portsmouth


10 July 2019 
6.30pm 
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


The past is the key to the future: a better understanding of site history leads to better predictions of engineering behaviour of the ground.
Engineering geology is a multi-faceted discipline that is ever expanding and there are three interlocking themes that enhance the skills of an engineering geological consultant:
  1. working with multiple disciplines, being versatile and adaptable to change;
  2. possessing a wide range of knowledge and experience; and
  3. using lessons of the past
Dr Privett will illustrate through the use of a range of case histories how these themes can provide multiple lines of evidence which reduce uncertainty and provide better understanding of projects in engineering geology.

To book a place, please email Lily Drury and provide us with numbers of attendees. Please also provide vehicle registration details if you wish to park.
 
Publishing Updates
 
New research New perspective on filamentous microstructures at the centre of a long-running controversy surrounding Earth's oldest cellular life
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Comparative multi-scale analysis of filamentous microfossils from the c. 850 Ma Bitter Springs Group and filaments from the c. 3460 Ma Apex chert

By David Wacey, kate Eiloart and Martin Saunders 

Filamentous microfossils belonging to Cephalophytarion from the 850 Ma Bitter Springs Group have previously been used as key analogues in support of a biological interpretation for filamentous objects from the 3460 Ma Apex chert. Here we provide a new perspective on this interpretation by combining Raman data with correlative electron microscopy data from both Cephalophytarion and Apex specimens....read more in the Lyell Collection
 
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New Publication Aspects of the Life and Works of Archibald Geikie

Edited by: J Betterton, J. Craig, J.R. Mendum, R. Neller and J. Tanner

List Price: £110 
Fellow's price: £55
Other societies price: £66


The papers in this volume examine aspects of Geikie’s life and works, including his family history, his personal and professional relationships, his art, and his contributions as a field geologist and administrator...read more
 
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New Publication Beyond Extinction, The Eternal Ocean: Climate change & the continuity of life

By Wolfgang Grulke

The ocean is the womb of all life on earth. It is beautiful and bizarre, violent and mysterious. Inhabited by a cast of characters stolen from fantasy, it’s a dystopian world where dragons are real, and monsters are commonplace. Today's spectacular marine life...read more
 
Other News
 
Royal Geographical Society: Assessment literacy and academic standards in geography

27 August 2019 at 12.30-5.30pm
RGS-IBG in London


Cost: £25 (includes lunch, refreshments, all workshop materials, networking drinks reception to follow)

This workshop is aimed at academic staff with responsibility for leading programmes, and who are aspiring or new external examiners in the subject. It will be relevant to those staff who are looking to step up their leadership responsibilities by providing a strong scholarly foundation of assessment and feedback literacy and standards with specific reference to geography.


Download an outline programme with learning outcomes 


Book Here
 
Enter the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition!

The Royal Society Publishing 2019 Photography Competition celebrates the power of photography in capturing scientific phenomena happening all around us, and the role great images play in making science accessible to a wide audience.

Find out more here.

The competition is only open to scientists, and is open for entries until 30 August 2019. The winners will be announced in December 2019. Find out how to enter and please read our Terms and Conditions before entering.
 
 

 
 
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