The CGS are currently preparing a programme of 10 talks running from September 2021 to June 2022. These talks are held on the second Monday of every month and are at 7.30 pm unless specified otherwise. Due to the current COVID restrictions these talks are being held on ZOOM and are free – although donations are welcome! Talks are recorded but the recorded version is only available to members as part of their membership benefits.
The full programme is available on our EVENTS page. The next lecture will be held on Monday 13th September at 7.30pm.
Monday 8th November 2021 7.30pm
(by ZOOM – please register by contacting us) (follows our AGM which starts at 6.45pm)
Palynology and its applications: palaeontology’s darkest art.
Dr. Jan Hennissen, The British Geological Society
The perhaps obscure science of palynology focuses on the study of microscopic specimens resistant to mineral acids. Yet, it contributes to our understanding of the natural environment, aids in correlation of boreholes and geological sections and charts past and current changes to our climate. This talk offers an overview of historical and modern palynological applications ranging from biostratigraphy to palaeo-ecology and its potential to constrain future climate models. Dr Hennissen has been a Palynologist for over 14 years. His title at BGS, Keyworth is ” Biostratigraphy and Palynology Lab Manager” and his current research is to evaluate the primary depositional conditions of Carboniferous mudstones. He graduated from Ghent and Liege Universities before achieving his PhD at the the University of Toronto.
Field Trip Report – Burwell Local Geological Sites
The society organises occasional field trips to view important geological sites within the county and hopefully further afield in post pandemic times. These trips are primarily for our members.
In early summer 2021 we had a popular visit to the Burwell Local Geological Sites and are scheduling some others to East Pit, Cherry Hinton, a walk along the Fen Edge from Swaffham Bulbeck to Reach, a visit to Nine Wells chalk spring and a tour of the building stones of Cambridge city center. These are primarily for the benefit of members: any member wishing to participate should contact us.
A write up for this trip may be found here.
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Cambridgeshire has a fascinating landscape and an interesting geology. See our Landscapes page for more details and download the excellent leaflet ‘The Mapping of Landscapes, Geology and Soils of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire’ by Timothy Farewell, Peter Friend, Martin Whiteley and Joanna Zawadzk.
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