Geology

Learn how looking at earth and rocks reveal secrets about life on the planet and climate change, plus discover the power of volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics.
  1. Science guest lecture: Plate tectonics: the story of geology’s Grand Unifying Theory

    Science guest lecture: Plate tectonics: the story of geology’s Grand Unifying Theory

    Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Plate Tectonics which has since become terrestrial geology's Grand Unifying Theory. Ted Nield will explain the theory and how the concepts relate to the earlier ideas of ‘Continental Drift’.



    Ted Nield is the author of several highly successful books on geology: Underlands - a journey through Britain's lost landscape (2014). Incoming! or, why we should stop worrying and learn to love the meteorite (2011)) and Supercontinent - 10 billion years in the life of our planet (2007). He was editor from 1997 to 2018 of the Geological Society’s magazine, Geoscientist.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  2. Science guest lecture by Richard Knight : the geology of Kazakhstan – where East meets West

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Kazakhstan's geology is of regional and global significance.



    As the largest landlocked country in the world, with a population of only 18 million, Kazakhstan occupies a key position in Central Asia. With a long and strong history of regional trade, modern Kazakhstan is a vibrant and beautiful country, rich in natural resources, and underlain by stunning geology. An overview of the geology, its context within the network of neighbouring states, and the importance of some of the principle sedimentary basins (from an oil and gas perspective) will be discussed. The lecture will explore the significance of the Precaspian Basin in the west, where massive primordial carbonate reefs, the size of Central London, exist at 4-5 km depths below the surface: these contain immense resources which are of long-term strategic and sovereign importance.



    Richard Knight is a professional geologist with over 28 years' experience in the energy sector. He has a PhD in Micropaleontology and he has lived and worked across the world including the Sultanate of Oman, Malaysia, Australia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, and closer to home in Europe.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  3. Geology and London

    Course Date: Sun 14 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.



    Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore agates, ammonites, granites and more. A hands-on introduction to the basics of the identification and classification of the common rocks, minerals and fossils. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Image credit: "Geology Snow Turret Arch Sandstone Winter" via Max Pixel

    Introduction to geology

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Geology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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