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SXR369 Environmental change: the record in the rocksCategory Archives

Geological Mapping Course, Scotland – Places still available!

Nick Chidlaw has confirmed that there are still places availible on the 2013 Geological Mapping Course in Strathearn (Highland Border, Scotland), which will take place 28th April – 6th May 2013.It is a more advanced course which assumes knowledge of the basic principles of geological mapping, such as gained on the Forest of Dean course, or equivalent elsewhere. This mapping area is used for its extraordinary geological diversity, affording course attendees experience of many contrasting mapping settings to deal with.

In order to make the most of this location, the course comprises 6 days in the field (1 unscheduled day after the 3rd, for a break), with 2 days following indoors where a fair copy map and cross sections are produced. Because of the diversity of the geology on this course, it is believed attendees are in a position to tackle with confidence many different mapping scenarios subsequently (e.g. where needed when studying on a higher degree).

For more details contact Nick Chidlaw on TrainingCourses@nickchidlaw.co.uk
For information on other courses offered by Nick, please go to: http://www.nickchidlaw.co.uk

Geological Mapping Course: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire: 2013 dates confirmed!!!

An introductory 3-day course which assumes a basic knowledge of geology, but little experience of geological mapping.

Two days are spent mapping in the field, with the third day indoors drawing up a fair copy map under guidance. Training and plenty of practice in the use of the compass/clinometer.

This course will next take place on 22nd to the 24th March 2013.

For further information click here

Geological Mapping Course, Strathearn, Highland Border, Scotland – 2013 DATES CONFIRMED!!!

Nick Chidlaw has confirmed that the 2013 Geological Mapping Course in Strathearn (Highland Border, Scotland) will take place 28th April – 6th May 2013.

It is a more advanced course which assumes knowledge of the basic principles of geological mapping, such as gained on the Forest of Dean course, or equivalent elsewhere. This mapping area is used for its extraordinary geological diversity, affording course attendees experience of many contrasting mapping settings to deal with.

In order to make the most of this location, the course comprises 6 days in the field (1 unscheduled day after the 3rd, for a break), with 2 days following indoors where a fair copy map and cross sections are produced. Because of the diversity of the geology on this course, it is believed attendees are in a position to tackle with confidence many different mapping scenarios subsequently (e.g. where needed when studying on a higher degree).

For more details contact Nick Chidlaw on TrainingCourses@nickchidlaw.co.uk
For information on other courses offered by Nick, please go to: http://www.nickchidlaw.co.uk

Big week – new company, new colleagues and new articles…. AND NEW HOPE!

I am really please to say I have been quiet for a damned good reason!

I have an exciting week behind me:

1)  New company launched: www.MantleConsulting.com – Twitter: @MantleConsult, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MantleConsulting.  I am delighted to be working alongside Dr Kirti Sharma for this venture.

2)  Kirti and I, along with Dr Fryer (geophysicist with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC)) co-authored and article”

“What to do should a natural disaster strike while on holiday”

So LOADS to look forward to and explore!

:)

Nick Chidlaw – Earth Science Field Skills Training Courses

Just published a Website for Nick and his courses, after having completed the Mapping course in the Forest of Dean a few weeks ago…. brilliant course!  Next year: Scotland (and of course last year I did the Graphic logging….).

Check it out here!

Turns out that I must temper my ability to communicate wordy responses

…. no real news there then, although I am proud to say I achieved a massive 95% on my TMA01 for S339 – lots of things to work on, mostly to do with being consise…. (no surprise there then Jules, eh?)

However, I must take this opportunity to apologise for lack of blog posts – things are really manic at the moment;  I am getting closer to a diagnosis (I have a tentative one!) for my blackouts, and am just waiting for the treatment to start – the amazing thing is that I could be well again within a couple of months!!!!  Also, work is heating up, and I am plouging through the biggest todo list known to mankind right now – watch this space, I might become a millionaire yet!

Either way, I need to keep this short, as I need to work on TMA02 (will this ever end?!) and catch up with reading which I am behind on…..

Motivation returning thanks to Distinction on SXR369!

Well, after months of procrastination, a missed exam, and general bad health, I am feeling re-motivated today after finding out that I received a distinction for my SXR369 (Environmental change: the record in the rocks) Residential school!

I hereby attach the leaflet I created as part of the coursework for your interest: Geology of Whitby!  Enjoy!  (I did not share before, but since it is accurate enough for a distinction, I am really pleased to feel confident enough to share this with you now!)

Whitby Geology

Graphic Logging Weekend in Gloucestershire

Had a brilliant weekend with Nick & Co. Geologizing in a quarry in Gloucestershire….. proper write up to follow, but in the mean time, a picture of me at work!Graphic Logging

Full album can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150224281416315.311744.731641314&l=e53ea3f060

Procrastinated Incorporated

Well, I am neither packed nor motivated – as the dark skies are closing in, but providing no apparent relief, I sit on my sofa, watching the blue screen that WAS sky TV, and hoping it will actually start storming soon,so that we can all get some sort of relief from this uncomfortable heat and stickiness….They are waiting for a storm elsewhere, but it looks like it is going to bypass my house!

 

So, instead of packing, I am going to tell you about the exciting weekend which follows the week of real life!  I am off to North Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, for a course in graphic logging, which will be run by Dr Nick Chidlaw, who has so many letters after his name that I am sure that he must be counting in his head when reciting, or maybe he has a little musical ditty as an aide memoire!  (Don’t get me wrong – this is pure amazement, no sarcasm or anything else intended… I hope I have this many letters behind my name one day! I am currently BA BAEB EPTCE, and I need no song to remember that!)

So, this weekend I will be learning how to “succinctly communicate a wealth of sedimentary and stratigraphic information”. Friday and Saturday will be spent studying the stratigraphy visible at Hornsleasow Quarry, and then Sunday will be spent in the field making a “best” copy of the log I have managed to construct in the field…. to be honest I will probably end up drawing a stick by mistake, but that is exactly why I am going on this course:

This time on Monday, I will be the source of jealousy amongst my peers, as I show off my new skills at the SXR369 residential school in Durham:

  • systematically measuring thickness’s of rock units

  • correlating parts of the exposure being examined

  • determining lithologies, sedimentary structures fossil fauna/ flora and rock grain size

with confidence (yeah right, like THAT will really happen!)

Either way, any practice in this area will not go amiss – especially since our field books are handed in each day in Durham for marking :s

Will report more when I have read the background thoroughly (or at least roughly!), and am up to date with my reading for S369…..

TTFN

Daisy x

waiting for my new geology bag to arrive….

….. waiting for life to begin!  😉

Estwing Geological Belt Pack