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Newsletter - September 2008

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I hope that you all had a good summer. The MGA has been very active in the field this year despite the weather, so thanks Jane for a super programme! Reports on two trips follow. We still have a couple of field trips to go, before we hang up our boots and hammers for the winter.


Due to a change in the University room letting arrangements, we cannot hold our meetings in the Williamson Building at present. Our lectures will be in the Samuel Alexander (Arts) Building until further notice.

Well that’s a facer isn’t it!!.. However, thanks to Jim, we have a superb winter programme to look forward to starting on October 1st with Professor David Siveter’s talk on “Silurian Soft Bodied Sensations” with 3D modelling. Please note that all the afternoon seminars will start at 1.00 pm.

Derek Brumhead has been very busy collecting and organising our Archives. These are now housed at the Central Library. If anyone has old photos or reports of our doings Derek would be pleased to receive them.

Best wishes to all ... see you soon
Mary Howie, newsletter editor

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Field Trip to Quarry Bank House Secret Garden

Mary Howie has written a report about the field trip to Quarry Bank House Secret Garden

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Field trip to Castleshaw Moor

Fred Owen has written a report about the field trip to Castleshaw Moor and Readycon Dean, near Denshaw

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Dinosaurs, Geysers and Gorges
of the Wild West

A Study Tour of the
Geology, Scenery and Natural History
of Wyoming and Colorado - July 2009

Mount Rushmore Fossil Butte Hyracotherium (Dawn Horse) from the Green River Formation
Mount Rushmore Fossil Butte Hyracotherium
Led by Dr John Nudds and Professor Paul Selden
They will be visiting the Fossil Lagerstätten featured in their new book as well as many sites of geological and historical interest, from Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone and Bighorn to Fossil Butte!

For details and a full programme of the tour contact John Nudds by email: or at The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, MANCHESTER, M13 9PL, UK, or Tel. +44 161 275 7861

Fossil Ecosystems of North America (2008), by Nudds & Selden

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Book Review

Exploring Lakeland Rocks and Landscapes

Cumberland Geological Society have recently published this guide book to Lakeland rocks, which supersedes their previous guide book published in 1982. At £6.50 for members, otherwise £9.50, it is a real bargain ... 17 locations are visited, each with a coloured geological map and practical details of routes, transport etc. There are many beautiful coloured illustrations and a comprehensive glossary.

Cover of book

It is written in accessible language, but still has lots of sound geological content. Whether you are going up on the tops or just wish to wander round the valley bottoms, this is a must for your bookshelf, or a lovely Christmas gift for a friend or relation. Jane Michael is getting hold of some copies for us, so put your order in via

Mary Howie

Price:: £6.50 for members, otherwise £9.50 (paperback) ISBN : 978-0-9558453

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Courses for the Public at Manchester University

Brymbo Fossil Forest - field trip - Tutor: Dr Jacqui Malpas - Sunday 5 October 2008

Folds, Faults and Maps - Tutor: Paul Aplin - 6 Thursdays 6.30-8.30 pm starting 16 October 2008

Geological Maps: How are they made? - Tutor: Dr Chris Arkwright - 6 Wednesdays from 1.30-3.30 pm starting 5 November 2008

Geology of Iceland - Tutor: Dr John Stevenson - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Saturday 22 November 2008

Volcanoes of the World - Tutor: Dr John Stevenson - 8 Wednesdays from 1.30-3.30 pm starting 21 January 2009

For more details of these and other courses see or ring 0161 275 3275 to request a brochure

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Free magazine!

You can request a PDF copy of "Earth Heritage", a free geological and landscape conservation magazine, by emailing Seabury Salmon on It is published twice a year and has interesting articles covering many aspects of geology.

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