Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field meetings are focused on recent Quaternary findings and discoveries within the UK and Europe. Meetings usually take place over a 2-4 day period, with accommodation and travel being organised by a Field trip leader on behalf of the QRA. We also organise workshops. These can be 1 or 2 days and can have a flexible format such as a mini-conference, workshop or field day.

Joint QRA/EGWG field meeting: Quaternary engineering geology of the West Cumbria region

17/03/22 - 20/03/22

Request for expression of interest

Leaders: Nick Smith (National Nuclear Laboratory), Chris Coleman and Paul Fish (Jacobs), Jon Merritt and Emrys Phillips (BGS)

The glacial sequence underlying the coastal plain of West Cumbria is exceptionally thick and...

Request for expression of interest

Leaders: Nick Smith (National Nuclear Laboratory), Chris Coleman and Paul Fish (Jacobs), Jon Merritt and Emrys Phillips (BGS)

The glacial sequence underlying the coastal plain of West Cumbria is exceptionally thick and complex owing to past interactions between local ice emanating from the Cumbrian Mountains, ice streaming through the Irish Sea basin during glacial maxima, and local marine inundation. Although there has been much controversy in the literature, most agree that following the LGM ice-marginal lakes occupied lower reaches of the western Lake District valleys, which were subsequently affected by several glacial readvances. The glacial and geomorphological legacy within this largely ‘over-ridden’ glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine domain contrasts starkly with the ground immediately inland, where the Pleistocene sequence is relatively simple. The physical characteristics of the coastal sequence are shared with similar domains that occur around the Irish Sea basin and along the North Sea coast.

This excursion will concentrate on the detailed analysis and interpretation of the sedimentology, physical characteristics and deformational legacy at coastal sections between St Bees and Ravenglass. The sections display a rich and diverse assemblage of glacigenic deposits and both small and large scale deformational structures. The results of ongoing work will be presented that add to the wealth of previous knowledge derived from extensive site investigations undertaken in the area, which includes the Sellafield Nuclear Complex and the Low Level Radioactive Waste Repository at Drigg.

Sites to include:

St Bees Moraine, Nethertown, Seascale, Drigg and Ravenglass.

Venue: The meeting will be based in the Lake District National Park at Nether Wasdale, a rural locality not far from the renowned screes in Wasdale.

Accommodation: It is anticipated that accommodation will include local hotels for self-booking, a campsite for small campervans and tents, and possible hostels/permanent caravans for group booking.

Travel: It is anticipated that travel during the meeting will involve sharing private cars and possibly using hired minibus/people carriers. Vehicles must be kept to a minimum due to restricted parking at most localities. The nearest railway station and long-distance bus stop is at Seascale.

Expression of interest: In these difficult times for organising excursions the leaders invite feedback as soon as possible in order to plan the meeting, particularly regarding accommodation and travelling arrangements.

Please send an e-mail before 30th November 2021 to Jon Merritt at jwm@bgs.ac.uk addressing the following points:

Attendance:

  • All of the meeting
  • Some days of the meeting
  • On a daily basis meeting at designated localities
Accommodation preference:
  • Local hotel
  • Permanent caravan (if available) as part of a group
  • Hostel (if available) as part of a group
  • Own campervan at Nether Wasdale (beware narrow roads!)
  • Camp at Nether Wasdale
  • Make own accommodation arrangements
Transport:
  • Prepared to offer transport during the meeting
  • Prepared to accept transport during the meeting
  • Prepared and able to drive a minibus/people carrier
  • Have no transport and would like travel by train/bus to Seascale, with options of lifts (or taxi) to Nether Wasdale
Any other queries/suggestions/pertinent information

Personal Details (to be kept confidentially for the duration of the meeting):

  • Name
  • Address
  • University/affiliation (if any)
  • E-mail
  • Mobile No.

Please reply by 30th November 2021 to Jon Merritt at jwm@bgs.ac.uk


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