Wales may be a relatively small nation, but it has a huge geological heritage. It has attracted geologists since the very earliest days of geological exploration, and is still considered to be a prime destination for field excursions.
Over 700 million years of geological history can be seen in exposures across our mountains, valleys, sweeping landscapes and coastal cliffs. Volcanic rocks and slates tell the tale of fiery, turbulent times, whilst sediments packed with fossils show evidence of changing environments and sea-levels. Rich coal seams and mineral ore deposits gave rise to the rich mining and industrial history of Wales.
As part of the festival we thought that we would share a suggested geological walk itinerary for the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, written for us by Cindy Howells. We hope it isn't too long until we can visit this area again.
The SWGA was founded over 60 years ago and enjoys a monthly programme of winter talks and summer field excursions across the whole of south Wales and the surrounding counties of Wales and England. We produce a range of publications including numerous guides to the local geology, many of which are available to download from our website. We are an exceedingly friendly group of amateur and professional geologists and guests are always welcome at out meetings. so why not come along and give us a try? Full details of us and our activities can be found on our web site at www.swga.org
Its almost September already but there are some welcome signs of the SWGA getting back to normal... a little bit anyway! Have a look at our news letter to learn about a first tentative field meetings, our postponed (and first by Zoom!) AGM and other articles which we hope you will find of interest.
The current Covid-19 lock-down has sadly disrupted our usual program of lectures and field trips this year. In keeping with the unusual times, this newsletter is a little different as it contains articles from our members as well as news to ensure we still keep a little geology in our lives! You can download our latest enhanced newsletter here.
Take care everyone and we'll look forward to seeing you all again "on the other side"!