OPEN UNIVERSITY GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY - LONDON BRANCH

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LOUGS LECTURES 2018

London Branch organizes a series of lectures on a variety of geological themes. The guest lecturers are drawn from the ranks of professional and serious lay geologists.
Please use the Registration Form to express your interest in these events and obtain more information.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at 19.00 at the Parish Room of the All Saints church.

ADDRESS: ALL SAINTS' PARISH ROOM, 7 Margaret Street, W1W 8JG
Entrance via main gate - doors open at 18:15 for socialising. The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus.

All Saints Front view

All Saints - front view

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All Saints Map

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Lectures carry a nominal admission of £5.00 to cover costs, payable on the evening.

Before the monthly lectures, some of the members organise to meet informally for a bite to eat in one of the eateries in the neighbourhood. If you would like to be included on the meal mailing list contact Gina Barnes, who co-ordinates the arrangements, or email info@lougs.org.uk and we will put you in touch.

After the lectures, some of us usually go on for an informal drink. All are welcome.

Upcoming lectures

David works for the engineering consultant Atkins, as their Engineering Geology Technical Director. He will be sharing his knowledge and experience, and demonstrate how geological knowledge is an essential part of identifying hazards and risks using a variety of examples.

Contact: Anna Saich


Contact: Anna Saich


In June 2017, 15 scientists and BBC film crew travelled to Nyiragongo, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and home to the largest permanent lava lake on Earth. Posing a permanent threat to the city of Goma, a settlement with >1,000,000 people, Nyiragongo last erupted in 2002, and has been intermittently active ever since.


In this talk we will describe the overall geological setting of this lethal yet mysterious volcano, which is situated within the East Africa Rift, the giant geological fracture responsible for the splitting apart of Africa. We will show footage and photography taken from the volcano summit and deep within the crater, next to the 700 m wide, 600 m deep lava lake, showcasing the volcanoes structure, and the unusual chemistry and physical properties of its lava.


Transmitted on BBC2 in October 2017, Expedition Volcano discussed much, much more about the geology and study of this fascinating yet devastating natural wonder, the threat it poses to the nearby populous, and the great wealth and conflict it has brought to this turbulent region.

Watch more on : https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/183386/watch-imperial-researcher-climb-into-active/

Contact: Anna Saich