The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 361
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Welcome to the fortnightly Geological Society Newsletter.

In this issue:

Earth Science Week photography competition

The 2019 Earth Science Week photography competition is now open for entries! This year, to celebrate our theme of ‘Geoscience is for everyone’, entries can feature geology from anywhere in the world.
As ever, entry is free and open to all, and as well as prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed photographs, 12 winners will feature in our 2020 calendar.

Entries can be emailed to outreach - the deadline is 9am on Monday 23rd September. For more information, and full terms and conditions, please visit the Society’s blog.
Regional Public Lecture Series

The first of our regional public lectures is taking place in Newcastle on Wednesday 13 August at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers and is free to attend.
The talk will be delivered by Dr Kate Kiseeva on ‘Diamond windows into the deep Earth’ and you can read her recent guest blogpost here.

Registration is free and can be found on Eventbrite.  
Call for evidence: Government consultations on Business Models for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and the Re-use of oil and gas assets for carbon capture, usage and storage projects.

The Society is preparing responses to a pair of consultations launched by the Department of Business, Innovation and Industrial Strategy and is seeking expert view from the Fellowship. An overview of the consultation questions and the themes where we are seeking input can be found on 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 July's section.
Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
Groups & Networks
Geological Remote Sensing Group: call for papers

The GRSG’s 30th anniversary AGM and conference will be taking place at the offices of the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy. The meeting will explore how the last 30 years have shaped the industry, and what the next three decades of geological remote sensing will bring.

A call for abstracts is now open – the deadline is 1 September. To mark the anniversary year, the technical programme will result in a Geological Society publication.

Find out more here
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Publishing Updates
New research on the lower Cambrian Lagerstatte of Sirius Passet, Peary Land, North Greenland, one of the oldest of the Phanerozoic preserved biotas.
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The Sirius Passet Lagerstatte of North Greenland: a remote window on the Cambrian Explosion

By David A.T. Harper, Emma U. Hammarlund, Timothy P. Topper, Arne T. Nielsen, Jan A. Rasmussen, Tae-Yoon S. Park and M. Paul Smith.

The Lagerstätte evidences the escalation of numbers of new body plans and life modes that formed the basis for a modern, functionally tiered ecosystem. The fauna is dominated by predators, infaunal, benthic and pelagic, and the presence of abundant nekton, including large sweep-net feeders, suggests an ecosystem rich in nutrients. Recent discoveries have more in the Lyell Collection
Other News
Field Sketching for Geology

Emma Jude FGS, who kindly ran the Carbon drawing class for us in the Spring is running a new class aimed at geologists in the field on August 31 at Eridge Rock Nature Reserve.  The class is a practical follow up to an article she wrote for Geoscientist magazine last year.

Click here to book
She Sells Sea Shells 

A new play by Scandal and Gallows Theatre, telling the story of Mary Anning and her world changing discoveries, will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Supported by the Geological Society, performances are at 1.30pm, 1-29 August (ex 12 August) at the Underbelly Cowgate.

Find out more here 

Year of Carbon

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