Two new LGS at Burwell

Two new Local Geological Sites designated at Burwell We are very pleased to announce that our latest proposal for designation as  Local Geological Sites (LGS) were recently (October 2020) approved by the County Wildlife and Geological Sites Panel. The two sites, 400m...
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The sea in the Fens

The Fens have been inundated by the sea on various occasions as shown by the marine silts and clays that can be found over large areas, even in the southern fenland of Cambridgeshire. The complex history of freshwater marshes changing to salt marshes and back again,...
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New Local Geological Site: The Great Fen

New Local Geological Site The Great Fen: Holme Fen and Whittlesea Mere LGS We are very pleased to announce that our latest proposal for designation as a Local Geological Site (LGS) was recently (Feb 2020) approved by the County Wildlife and Geological Sites Panel. The...
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Ice Age display, Sedgwick Museum

A superb mammoth tusk is now part of the Sedgwick Museum’s new Ice Age display. Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the North-West Passage has often been in the news ever since he left England on the 19th May, 1845 never to return. Successive searches...
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Protecting the landscape heritage of the fens

The fenland has always been a land of mystery. This is particularly true when trying to unravel the complex history of dynamic changes in the landscape, which are directly linked to both sea level and climate. Thanks to an increase in research in recent years, much...
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Lime kilns at Isleham

Built around 1860, these listed buildings are the remains of a thriving clunch quarrying industry in this Fen Edge village. Three of the kilns are preserved, with the fire hearths visible inside. The clunch rubble was loaded in through the circular openings at the top...
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The economic geology of Burwell

Download our leaflet on the Aspects of Geological Interest in Burwell. Burwell is a “Fen Edge” village which lies to the North East of Cambridge. It has a long history, some of which was dependent on the geology of the underlying rock. It has evidence of...
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Nine Wells LGS display at the Cambridge Museum

A display about the Nine Wells Local Geological Site has been featured as part of an exhibition at the Cambridge Museum on the importance of Hobson’s Conduit.The exhibition runs from 26th September to 22nd October 2017 and can be seen in the tea rom at the...
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Nine Wells designated as Local Geological Site

Nine Wells Local Nature Reserve is now (February 2017) a Local Geological Site. This designation highlights its geological value for scientific, educational, historical and/or aesthetic reasons. As well as being the source of Hobson’s Conduit, the chalk springs at...
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Monthly talks

All are welcome to our monthly talks which cover a range of topics and are aimed at those with a general interest in geology and landscape, as well as those with a more specific interest or a geological background. The talks are held in Cambridge, on the 2nd Monday of...
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Events

CGS Monthly Talk: Monday 14th June 2021 7.30pm 

‘Île De La Réunion: Pitons, Cirques, Ramparts and Volcanoes 

Steve Thompson 

Île De La Réunion sits atop its very own, Indian Ocean, Hot Spot, being the top of two massive mid-ocean volcanoes, the dormant Piton des Neiges and the very active Piton de la Fournaise. Piton des Neiges has undergone caldera creation and subsequent collapse and, aided by the wet tropical climate, severe erosion, to produce a stunning topography of Pitons (Peaks), Cirques (steep basins), and Ramparts (near vertical crater walls). Le Parc National de la Réunion, which encompasses both volcanoes and covers 42% of the island, was elevated to World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 2010. 

This talk is by Zoom – please contact us to register. Please also visit the events page for more details and for future talks by Zoom.

 

Guided Walk: Sunday 20th June 2021

A journey across a landscape and time

Book now for Guided walk to Thorney – 2pm to 4 pm

Well-known for its ancient Abbey, Thorney is also a good example of fenland’s interesting geological history. This will be a Guided Heritage Walk on the Fen Edge Trail around the ‘island’ of Thorney, jointly led by Cambs Geological Society and Thorney Heritage Museum for Celebrate the Fens weekend. The walk will cover cultural history, fenland landscape, geology and wildlife. Easy walking c. 2 miles slow walk, some on pavement, some on grassy tracks.

Places limited. Booking needed by emailing info@cambsgeology.org or sending a message in the contact box below. Meeting details will then be sent (on street parking possible near start of walk in central Thorney and loos available). Donation of £3 minimum per person suggested. Unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible. More info here.

 

CGS Monthly Talk: Monday 28th June 2021 7.30pm 

‘Arabian Adventures: geological mapping in the United Arab Emirates 

Dr Andrew Farrant, British Geological Survey 

Between 2006 and 2012, the British Geological Survey was tasked with creating new geological maps and other geological datasets for the United Arab Emirates. This talk will provide an overview of the geology of the UAE, its geohazards and discuss some of the subsequent 3D modelling work around Abu Dhabi. 

This talk is by Zoom – please contact us to register. Please also visit the events page for more details and for future talks by Zoom.

 

Newsletters

Our April 2021 newsletter is now available to members.

Our previous newsletters are available to everyone (download below). They have plenty of ideas for some virtual geology!

CGS Newsletter December 2020

CGS Newsletter July 2020

CGS Newsletter April 2020

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