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The Stamford Stone Trail written by Alan Dawn

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This leaflet The Stamford Stone Trail has been bought to my attention by one of the Stamford and District Geological Society’s members. I thought you would like to see it , so have put it on the website here for you to read..

p.s. Thank you David.B

Regards,

Darren.

*It was another fine evening at the SDGS Tinwell Winter Talk*….with some mysterious stones to ponder over..!

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The Mysterious Stone :

rock found farmers field (3)

rock found farmers field (2)

rock found farmers field (1)

Firstly I’d Just like to say thank you to Dr Stephen Parry for talking to the SDGS. And to all those who attended our Winter Talk for December. It was another great turn out which was very pleasing to see considering the rather chilli winter evening conditions. For me personally id never realised the importance of this topic. And I would thoroughly recommend you access this link STRATEGIC STONE STUDY for more information.

The bite sized nibbles to eat upon arrival with tea and coffee to drink where welcome treats also.

And i would also like to thank Andrew who bought in what he thought might have been a Meteorite ( pictured above ) and was wandering if anyone present at the talk might have been able to shed some light on one of three of his mysterious stones. Which were found just outside Saffron Waldron in a farmer’s field?

Fortunately I have friend who is an avid collector of Meteorites with many years of experience. I took some photos of Andrews’s stone and sent them with as much information as Andrew could give me on his behalf and with consent. If you’d like to read below this is the response I received and have forwarded the information onto Andrew as requested.

“Two things are for sure. One… it doesn’t have any features (at all) that would indicate it to be meteoritic, and two… it didn’t originally come from anywhere near Essex.

it’s almost certainly part of the Essex post-glacial drift geology and I would suspect it came out of the boulder clay. That’s going to make it tough to identify from the appearance and described properties so far, since the drift geology has rocks that have come from as far away as Scotland and Scandanavia. There are also a great many rocks that have come from North Wales, since the Thames is believed to have been a huge river at one time that originally drained the Welsh Mountains before its headwaters were captured by the Severn River.

There are basalts, quartzites, and sarsens (a type of silicified sandstone) plus all kinds of other erratic’s – including a wide variety of igneous rocks. If the colour rendition in the pictures is accurate then it’s too dark to be a sarsen (they get to pale green but not beyond), and I would assume its rich in chlorite or olivine and of igneous origin. All of the likely candidates will be dense rocks. From the way it has broken it looks like it might be somewhat foliated and there doesn’t seem to be much difference in weathering colour between the broken and unbroken surfaces. On that basis, I would guess it to be a chlorite-rich schist of some kind. Chlorite is a relatively soft mineral, but the rock types it occurs in will not necessarily also be soft.

Although you describe it as weakly magnetised (as opposed to magnetic), that doesn’t narrow it down too much. That will likely be from a secondary mineral, and the only two common possibilities are pyrrhotite and some types of magnetite (the varieties known as lodestone). Either of those might be present in igneous rocks that have green mineralogy. Since pyrrhotite (the mineral itself) is generally only weakly magnetised, there would need to be a lot of it present in the matrix to influence the properties of the rock itself… so I would assume a small amount of secondary magnetite is present. “

Hope to see you at our next Winter Talk:

“BUILDING A HISTORY OF THE GLORY DAYS OF LONDON BRICK”

Regards,

Darren.

* Quarry Personal Protective Equipment regulations for Next Years Field Trips *

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When entering working quarries and due to new strict guide lines regarding PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Field trip organisers will advise to all members attending the field trip beforehand on appropriate clothing and footwear for the locality, time of year and as recommended Orange Hi-Vis Vests.

Failure by participants to wear recommended clothing and equipment may lead to their exclusion from the meeting. The Stamford and District Geological Society does not automatically provide personal protective equipment.

*Much Wenlock Field Trip Report*

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Here’s a quick group shot of the party before we entered the quarry. I’ve plenty more photos to show everyone as soon as I can.

group shot

Again our group of individuals set of from various parts of the country driving through some heavy persistent rain. With the mind set at (you’re going to get wet on arrival) we all safely arrived at the agreed meeting point.

Where upon arrival we met the husband and quarry owner of our contact Katy Bickerton. He gave us a brief description of the surrounding area about what to expect and where to go…a very nice chap who couldn’t be more helpful.

Katy arrived not long after us around 10.15am we had a discussion about the dos and don’ts and the all-important Health and Safety matters. After that we pretty much had free reign of the quarry where Katy left us to our own devices.

With the all-important trust instilled between both parties we made our way down through an under pass which I think was called from memory (Gorge Tunnel) into the quarry itself.

I forgot to mention the weather was quite sunny after an hour of being there which really bought the best out of everyone and making another fantastic field trip.

We shall most defiantly be back next year.

Here are some scenic photos and some of the fossils semi prepped and in situ that I collected ….don’t forget to add yours when you can.Ive I.D. them the best I can.

Cheers….Darren.

p.s. Thank you Andrew from Shropshire for helping us get our eyes trained into those Trilobites.

Cricoconarida

crinoid head

crinoid head 1

crinoid head 3

Euomphalopterus alatus

fovasitella interpuncta

ketophyllum subturbinatum

limestone plate

Strophomenida

trilobite

unknown coral 4

unknown coral

Unknown corals

unknown coral 14

unknown coral 14

unknown coral 15

unknown coral 16

unknown coral 17

unknown coral 18

Atrypa reticularis 1

Atrypa reticularis 2

Atrypa reticularis 3

Atrypa reticularis 4

Atrypa reticularis 5

Atrypa reticularis 6

Atrypa reticularis 7

Atrypa reticularis 8

Atrypa reticularis 9

Atrypa reticularis 10

Atrypa reticularis 11

Atrypa reticularis 12

Atrypa reticularis 13

Atrypa reticularis 14

bivalves

coral 1

coral 2

coral

Cricoconarida 1a

crinoid head 1b

crinoid head 2c

Dawsonoceras annulatum

entrance to quarry

Favosites goathlandicus 1a

Favosites goathlandicus 1b

Favosites goathlandicus 1c

heliolites interstinctus anterior view

heliolites interstinctus posterior view

Ketophyllum subturbinatum 1a

Ketophyllum subturbinatum 1b

limestone nodule

limestone plate 1

limestone plate 2 showing Strophomenida

limestone plate 3

maby Rhynchonellidea 1a

maby Rhynchonellidea 1b

maby Rhynchonellidea 2a

maby Rhynchonellidea 2b

maby Rhynchonellidea 3a

maby Rhynchonellidea 3b

maby Spiriferida 1a

maby Spiriferida 1b

path leading to entrance

Poleumita discorus

south quarry 1

south quarry

Strophomenida 2

Strophomenida 3

trilobite 1

Trilobites in limestone

tunnel gorge

unknown coral 6a

unknown coral 6b

unknown coral 7a

unknown coral 11

unknown coral 12

unknown coral 13a anterior view

unknown coral 15a anterior view

unknown coral 16a anterior view

unknown coral 17a anterior view

unknown coral 18a anterior view

unknown coral 19a

Here is a half-prepped trilobite found by “one of our eagled eyed SDGS members “it may be an Acaste downingiae or Acastocephala macrops but until it’s cleaned it we won’t be absolutely sure.

semi-prepped Trilobite

And here some other Trilobites found by the same person that are also a work in progress.

semi-prepped Trilobite 1

semi-prepped Trilobite 2

semi-prepped Trilobite 3

Here’s some more photos kindly sent in from another SDGS member who attended the day.

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* Dinosaurs of the British Isles Winter Talk Review *

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I think it was a real treat for the society to have had a palaeontologist such as Dean Lomax to visit us and to talk about Dinosaurs of the British Isles. Without the publication of his NEW BOOK you just couldn’t comprehend the diversity of Dinosauria roaming our shores…

Barely a week seems to go by without the announcement of some new dinosaur discovery. We seem to have become accustomed to media reports highlighting some exciting aspect of the Dinosauria, often from faraway places and remote parts of the world. Whilst it is always intriguing to hear reports of fossil finds relating to prehistoric animals that once lived in the Arctic Circle or indeed, to see pictures of the newest type of feathered dinosaur identified from north-eastern China, it is worth remembering that dinosaurs, lots of them for that matter, once roamed the British Isles.

To hear about meat-eating dinosaurs from Swindon, Stegosaurs from Peterborough and Tyrannosaurs from the Isle of Wight left you gobsmacked.

Ive also heard on the grapevine that Dean might be working on another new publication about Marine Reptiles…..let’s hope we can get him booked in for next year..!

Regards,

Darren.

“Oh yes and there was the rather embarrassing scenario on my part moment, when Dean incorporated into his PowerPoint presentation and showed everyone my Theropods footprint I found at Saltwick Bay “…Ha Ha.

Bantycock opencast mine 20/09/2014 Field Trip Report.

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caloceras psiloceras 4 caloceras psiloceras 3

…As all those who attended set off from their homes driving through the morning drizzly weather (I know it was for me) members of the SGDS arrived at the designated spot to meet Andrew Swift.

Eight members in total parked up just at the entrance to the site and then car shared as we descended down into the quarry. This is where we met Jeff Torr the mine manager.

With Jeff and Andrew as our tour guides we then proceeded to look at various exposures of the quarry. For me personally it was an awe expiring experience, I’m no geologist but the information that Andrew relayed to the group was very precise and in layman’s terms.

As you can see from the photos some of the views are breath taking with a few photos off our finds.

We spent about 4 hours looking about the quarry with Jeff running a couple of members at a time in his Land Rover up to an archaeological dig that was going on nearby.

After our excursion around the quarry for lunch around 1.00pm we visited the Chequers Inn which had its own micro-brewery..! Of which was in the village of Elston. It was a very good value for money feed; we then took a short walk to Elston church to look at the Darwin family memorials. There are no Charles Darwin memorials, but lots to other members of his family, particularly his grandfather Erasmus Darwin, a brilliant man in his own right, born in Elston Hall, who published some of the first original thoughts about the theory of evolution.

All in all it was a fantastic day and I’m sure the thoughts of all those who attended are thinking the same.

Hopefully we will be able to visit next year and access all levels and more bone beds.

Also sorry I forgot to mention: ‘a most important fossil discovery was made while we were at the pit. At this stage it must remain hush-hush, but Andrew will be preparing a paper for professional publication in the near future’.

Speak again soon.

caloceras psiloceras 2 caloceras psiloceras 1viewing Cocks gypsum seamcaloceras psiloceras 4 caloceras psiloceras 3 caloceras psiloceras 2 caloceras psiloceras 1 walking into the quarry view of North face o quarry pit view from the top of the quarry 2 view from the top of the quarry 1 vert upper quarry floor the quarry view from above The Quarry the quarry view from above 2 the quarry view from above 1 SDGS members looking through gypsum deposits Rhaetic bone bed quarry digger plesiosaur partial femur (4) plesiosaur partial femur (3) plesiosaur partial femur (2) plesiosaur partial femur (1) Pink gypsum 3 Pink gypsum 2 Pink gypsum 1 femur 5 exposure 10 exposure 9 exposure 8 exposure 7 exposure 6 exposure 5 exposure 4 exposure 3 exposure 2 exposure 1 entrance to Bantycock quarry entrance to Bantycock quarry 2 entrance to Bantycock quarry 1 echinoid spine Blue gypsum 1 bivales a view of the Mercia Mudstone Group bivales 1 plesiosaur partial femur (4) plesiosaur partial femur (3) plesiosaur partial femur (2) plesiosaur partial femur (1)walking into the quarry

*A Great Day Was Had By All….*

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I’d just like to say a big thank you to all those who attended the Bantycock opencast mine field trip and to all those who put the time and effort into making this event possible. We had been informed on our arrival that the lifespan of the quarry is very much in doubt due to the difficulties and rising costs of extracting the Gypsum. So with planned visits to Bantycock next year I can’t stress enough…anyone wishing to come along should join the Stamford and District Geological Society as soon as possible. As there is a limit to how many members in the group can visit at anyone time.

Here are a few photos of ( Bantycock opencast mine ) just too show you some of the members finds from the day and how vast this opencast mine is.

It truly was a great day. There will be a field trip report to follow soon.

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