Welcome to the Geology page at Dorchester U3A
Does Geology matter?
We believe it certainly does!
Geology impacts massively upon human activity from the many and varied natural resources we depend on for construction, to the energy and water without which our lives would be radically different. The study of geology helps us to appreciate and understand the changing landscape around us, from earthquakes and volcanoes to coastal erosion and landslides. Through Geology we come to understand the need to conserve and manage our fragile planet in a responsible and sustainable way. Only by studying Geology can we fully appreciate our distant past, the present and future.
We aim to work co-operatively to deliver each session. No previous knowledge is assumed so come and join us!
I am especially interested in offers to lead sessions or work with me on preparing or co-leading a session.
Please note this group is now full. Contact me to go on the waiting list.
Kelvin Huff, Group Leader
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Parish Centre between 9.30 and 11.00 a.m.
Useful websites (these will open in a new tab)
Geology In The West Country
Igneous Rock Identification
The Quartz Page
Purbeck Mining Museum
Fossil Finder website (new)
The Jurassic Coast
Geoff Kirby's Portland Site
Contact me by telephone (the number is in the current newsletter) if you want to get involved with the Geology group. This group is open to U3A members only however. If you wish to become a U3A member please see the 'How it runs' menu from our home page.
BGS Map viewer centred on Dorchester. Use controls to zoom in or out.
Autumn Term 2018 Programme
September 26th: "The Evolution of a Revolution". I'll be telling the story of how Plate Tectonics became an overarching theory in Geology.
October 17th: Visit to Beer Quarry Caves and Seaton Hole. (admission charge). One week earlier than usual to avoid half-term!
October 24th - please remember there is no meeting!
Extra: October 30th: Valley of Stones walk led by Natural England (numbers limited)
November 28th: "Geoliday Rocks". Our annual session of members talks reflecting on the geology seen on vacation. This year: Tenerife, Kefalonia and Switzerland.
December 12th: General workshop session: Identifying and interpreting a range of specimens and pictures. Our normal slot falls on Boxing Day so please note the earlier date.
Reading List:(book titles available from Amazon, click on the link)
1.The Mesozoic Era: Age of Dinosaurs, edited John Rafferty
2. Historical Geology: Understanding Our Planet's Past (Living Earth). edited by Erikson.
3. History of Life ed. Richard Cowen. Pricey but an excellent book.
4. Life, an Unauthorised Biography by Richard Fortey. all his books are wonderful!
5. Introducing Palaeontology by P. Wyse Jackson. All the books in this series from the Dunelm press are excellent.
6. Geology of Britain by Peter Toghill
7. Evolution -The Story of Life by Palmer and Barrett. Lots of pictures, one reason I like it!
Web-page maintained by Kelvin Huff