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We were recently treated to an extra lecture about the geology of Anglesey, given by Graham Leslie of British Geological Survey. If you missed it, you can listen to a recording here:

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Our lest lecture was by Tom Sharpe, long standing member of our group, titled: Mary Anning: monsters, myths and misfortunes. Tom has kindly agreed to his lecture being recorded so you can watch it here, available for the next few months.

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Tom has recently published a book about Mary Anning which can be purchased from the publisher Draycott Press. Follow the link above.

Now that autumn is with us, we would normally be enjoying our lecture series. We aren't going to let a global pandemic get us down and so we have started to have some lectures via zoom with an opportunity before the lecture for a group chat just as we have always done. Last Saturday, Alan Bowring gave an excellent talk entitled: Cribarth - a view from your desktop and we have recorded it so if you missed it, follow the link below to go to our YouTube channel to watch in your own time!

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In many places in the South Wales Coalfield we find the remains of the plants which made the coal. For many of us these are fragments that we struggle to understand as part of a whole organism, but with the help of Rhian Kendall (Geologist, Artist and former president) you do not need to imagine any more you can see them reconstructed in full colour

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is an extract from a book partly compiled during the 1990s. The text and photographs reflect the geological knowledge of that time as well as the accessibility of the locations.

Please ensure that you ask permission from landowners to visit any of the locations mentioned in this text, which are on private property and that you are suitably equipped for rough terrain and fickle local weather.

This section includes the Group’s magazine Welsh Geological Quarterly, published between 1965 and 1970.

The compilation has been scanned from cyclostyled issues of the magazine. Original issues are in the Publications cardboard archive box. As with some other older papers, the better the quality of the original printing, the higher the degree of searchability. A search for “Bassett” in the digital compilation gives 63 mentions, but there are most certainly more occurrences than this.

The Welsh Geological Quarterly (edited by Dr Douglas Bassett) was published in several numbers, forming 5 volumes, between 1965 and 1970.
It was an in-house periodical, cyclostyled and published 4 times a year. It was duplicated on 21cm x 26.5cm paper stapled between soft covers (vol.1 cream, vol.2 red, vol.3 grey, vol.4 green, vol.5 orange). The charge for volume 1 parts 1 & 2 was 6/- (2s 6d per copy + 6d postage). Similarly for volume 1 parts 3 & 4 [6/- is 30p in decimal currency].

The Group was unable to sustain support for this and despite the Editor’s efforts, it ceased publication in 1970 with volume 5 part 1.

These journals were digitized in 2014. The Scanned versions are available here and remain copyright South Wales Geologists' Association

A detailed introduction to the Volumes is also provided

New, fully-illustrated, 124 page book describes the landscape and geology across the Brecon Beacons National Park as seen from the Beacons Way, a long distance walking route from Ysgyryd Fawr in the east to Bethlehem in the west. £7.95.

Available from: Cindy Howells, Geologists’ Association South Wales Group, Department of Geology, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff CF10 3NP.

Cheques should be made payable to the Geologists’ Association South Wales Group.