Welcome to the Geology page at Dorchester U3A
This group is now full. Contact the Group Leader to go on the waiting list.
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
Dorset Building Stone
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.
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!
Autumn Term 2019 Programme
25th September: Talk on the Lower Cretaceous period - Purbeck lagoons and Wealden lakes.
23rd October: "Geoholiday Rocks", our annual session featuring members' talks.
27th November: Winter Workshop : a practical session with rocks, fossils and minerals.
December: No meeting
Web-page maintained by Kelvin Huff