Open University Geological Society (London Branch)
At each event we ask for a volunteer to record their experiences and impressions. These articles are published in our newsletter and eventually appear here as an archive of our activities. Note that these are only provided for reference, and are not endorsed by Event Leaders. Interpretations can change often and rapidly in Geology, any information stated should be verified from appropriate sources before being quoted.
Using the map below, you can easily find the excursions.
Alternatively you can scroll down and browse the trips in the list organised by year.
2017 - Under construction
2016 Sea level rise from Antarctic ice sheet collapse • Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum • Arc found of Mt. Ararat: Volcanism in collision zones • Palaeoclimate and Ocean Chemistry • A Building Stones Practical • Long trip: Pembrokeshire • Seafloor Methane Hydrates, Arctic Warming and Quantification • Ashdown Forest • Guinea Iron Mountains and Slopes • Kentish Ragstone in Hermitage Quarry and Maidstone buildings • The Geology of the Chilterns and the Potential Impact of HS2. • East Wear Bay, Folkestone • Haslemere Educational Museum and Fernhurst Furnace • Geoconservation Day at Riddlesdown Chalk Pit • The Rock that wouldn’t keep still: a (brief) introduction to Salt. • Winter Weekend: Winchester and Salisbury • Early Life on Land – how plant communities shaped the planet.
2015 Carbonate platforms of the Early Cretaceous • Shale Oil and Gas Success • The Building Stones of Lincoln’s Inn • Lusi: the origin, evolution and future of a mud Volcano in Java • Mapping Day in Kent • West Norwood Cemetery • Etna: How does a volcano work? • Conservation Day at Gilbert’s Pit • The Devil’s Punchbowl • Crustal melting in the Himalayas • Geology in Space: Meteorites and Cosmic Dust • Sarsens in the Medway Valley • Summer Long Weekend Torbay • LOUGS and WSGS Bicentennial William Smith Sussex Field Trip • Oceanography Experience 2015 • Day Trip: Fossils and Geology on the Isle of Sheppey • The oceanic-driven decay of the Breidamerkurjokull glacier into Jokulsárlón lagoon, Iceland. • Joint Day Trip to Stour and Wrabness with East Anglia branch • Tectonic Evolution of the Alps • Hands-on at Herne Bay for S209 Students • The Scarplands of Lincolnshire: From the Lincoln Edge to the Wolds • Members Evening Talks • Fossil Fakes & Deceptions
2014 Making mountains: A view from the Eastern Himalaya • Artisanal Mining • The Marbles of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral • Forecasting the Duration of a Volcanic Eruption • West Norwood Cemetery • Meteorite, Cometary and Asteroid Impacts through time • Skye Volcanics • Geoconservation at Chalky Dell • Jade: its tectonic formation, geochemistry and archaeology in East Asia • Tring Geowalk • The Importance of Geology in the Design, Responsible Operation and Environmental Mitigation of Quarries • Yorkshire Coast • Family Fossil-Hunting Day at Barton on Sea • Underlands: A Journey through Britain's Lost Landscape • Greensand Churches of West Sussex • Iron Industry of the Weald • Silcrete and Cenozoic Landscape Evolution in Southern Britain • S276/S209 Student Day at Herne bay • Swanage • Life at Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents: Biodiversity in a New Resource Frontier
2013 How active is an active volcano? • Arabian Plate Tectonics and the Developments of Hydrocarbons • The Angela Marmont Centre • BGS activities in London • Geological Mapping Course in the Forest of Dean • BGS Keyworth, Nottingham • The Chalk of Steeple Morden and Ashwell, Hertfordshire • Sheridan Reservoir Dome, Yellowstone • Geoconservation Day at Gilbert's Pit, Charlton • Green Chain Geowalk • The Atlas for London Basin Geology • Pett Level • Isle of Man • Church geology in West Sussex; a study in historic building stones • Wiltshire Sarsens and Avebury • The Oceanography Experience • OUGS 41st Symposium - Dublin • Symposium Field Trip - Killiney • Symposium Field Trip - Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Geophysics Section • Symposium Field Trip - Tara Mines • Hog's Back Geowalk • Did the Sea Taste Salty to Dinosaurs? • Church Geology in West Sussex • The Geology of Pigments: Turning landscapes into colour • Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Rocks • Herne Bay • Suffolk • Members' Evening • Survivors: The Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
2012 The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum • Crossrail Visitor Centre and Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade • Soft-Ground Tunnelling through London • Duncton, Burton Park and Bignor • The 2010 eruption of Erta Ale, Afar, Ethiopia • Solnhofen • Kensworth Quarry, Dunstable Downs & Totternhoe Quarry • The Thames Barrier • Storm Surges Thames Estuary • The Green Chain Walk • Faringdon, Abingdon and the Oxford University Museum • Kurdistan • Boxgrove and Bracklesham • Carbon Capture and Storage • Ramsgate • Shetland • Northampton Building Stones Walk • The Basement of the London Basin • Reigate and Godstone caves • Wander up the Wandle • Meteorites • Isle of Wight • Herne Bay • Members' Evening • Geological problems London-Brighton Railway • Dinochlia
2011 Plates, Plumes and Magmas of the African Rift • Visit to the Horniman Museum • The Thames Tideway Project - or how to un-pollute the Thames (again!) • Gas Shale • East of Everest - the Geology and Tectonics of Bhutan • Hornchurch Railway Cutting SSSI • Behind the scenes at the NHM • Re-interpreting the Volcanic Evolution of the Isle of Skye • Sedgewick Museum and Building stones Walk, Cambridge • Mapping Mount Caburn in Lewes • The Anthropocene: A New Epoch of Geological Time? • The Chicxulub Impact Site and the Cretaceous-Palaeogene Mass Extinction • Portugal • The Recent Discovery of a Large Fossil Tree from the Jurassic of Southern England • North Bucks • City of London Cemetery • Crags of Bawdsey Peninsula • GA Geoconservation Conference • How the Solar System was born • Autumn Geowalk around Virginia Water • Bath Stone Mine • Watching new crust form on an active plate boundary: afar Ethiopia • Pas de Calais • Student day to Herne Bay • Members' Evening • Landslip hazards in the Isle of Wight • The History of the London Branch
2010 Icelandic Volcanism • Northmoor Hill • The Geology of London • Tectonic Evolution in Zagros • Impact Cratering and Ejecta Deposits • Riddlesdown Quarry and Croham Hurst • The Corsi Collection and Oxford Building Stones • Predicting Earthquakes • Samos, an Overview • Messel fossil-pit • Bargates of Guildford and Godalming • The Lost River Tyburn • Barton-on-Sea • Vale of Fernhurst • Evolution of the Thames Basin • Weald and Downland Open Air Museum • Fishbourne Roman Palace • Late Quaternary Climate Variability • Norfolk • Mantle Plumes and the Siberian Traps
2009 Indian Flood Basalt Volcanism • Freemasons' Hall • Faunas of Chengjiang and Herefordshire Lagerstätten • Athabaska Tar Sands • A3 Hindhead Tunnel • Antarctic Odyssey • Hobbit SOS • Northumberland • Sinking Slabs - Moving Plates • Hertfordshire Puddingstone • Walton on the Naze • Hammersmith Foreshore • Chilmark Stone Mine • Salisbury Cathedral • Darwin 200 • Mantle Xenoliths from Cape Verde Islands • Winter Weekend in Dorset • Members' Evening • LIPs, Meteorite Impacts and Mass Extinctions
2008 Gold Giants of the Great Silk Road • Sumatra to Java • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Geology of the Moon • How Britain Became an Island • Quarries of Ardingly and Horsham • Magnetism in the Solar System • 20th Anniversary Pooh Geowalk • How to Make and Break an Asteroid • The Auvergne • Groundwater under London • Folkestone Warren • Wegener • Monitoring Volcan de Colima • Western Weald • Winter Weekend in the Mendips • Members' Evening • The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain
2007 Gilbert's Pit • Thames Barrier • Land and Sea Level Changes • Student Day to Herne Bay • Denbies Vineyard • Sarsen Geowalk on the South Downs • Kensal Green Cemetery • Langdon Cliffs, Dover • The Building Stones of Canterbury • Southern Spain • Extreme Sedimentology
2006 The Art Bronze Foundry • Ardingly Sandstone and Tombstones at Fletching • Teaching the Dynamic Earth • NHM Earth Science Library • The Vale of Wardour, The SW Wiltshire Anticline • Shetland • Harwich and Wrabness, Essex
2005 Building Stones of the British Library • S260 Field trip to Herne Bay • Easter in Rhodes • Lower Thames Valley : Greenlands Pit and Lion Pit Tramway • Odiham and the Basingstoke Canal • Lizard Peninsula • Pegwell Bay, East Kent • Chalk coast of France
2004 Building Stones of Westminster Abbey • Pooh Geowalk Ashdown Forest • Barton on Sea • Isle of Wight weekend • Week in Connemara • Hastings and Pett Level • Charing Sand Pit and Loose Valley • Winterweekend to West Somerset
2003 Crystal Palace • Herne Bay • Butser & The Weald and Downland • The Pyrenees • Isle of Sheppey • Newhaven and the White Cliffs • Harefield and Northmoor Woods • Mam Tor
2002 Herne Bay • Hogs Back Geowalk • Pickwick Quarry, Wiltshire • Anglesey • Albury Geology Trail • Bornholm, Denmark • Worbarrow Tout
2001 Povington Hill and Durlston Bay • Vesuvius and Volcanoes in the Naples Area