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Research - There has always been a strong interest in research in East Yorkshire geology by amateur members of the Society. The Chalk of the Yorkshire Wolds and the Speeton Clay have provided a challenge for Society members over the last 110 years. Three current amateur members of the Society have been awarded honorary D.Sc. degrees by Hull University in recognition of their contributions to science.

Publications - The Society also publishes an occasional journal called Humberside Geologist with articles about local geology and geologists, and is free to members. Articles from this are available online . Printed copies are available from the Secretary.

Conservation - The Society is actively involved in conservation work. A few years ago the Society 'adopted' Rifle Butts Quarry, a local Geological SSSI, and regularly visits the site to keep it tidy. At the site there is an exposure of an unconformity, with mid-Cretaceous Red Chalk overlying Lower Jurassic Sediments. The site provides evidence of the existence of the Market Weighton High, one of the Mesozoic structural masses, which influenced sedimentation. Members became worried about the rate of weathering and have raised 6000 pounds to erect a roof to protect the exposure from the elements. Access to the site by geological parties is encouraged. The Society has a small conservation fund and will consider applications for grants for geological conservation in eastern Yorkshire. The Society is an active member of the East Yorkshire RIGS Group.

Membership - Membership is open to anyone with an interest in rocks, minerals and fossils; no qualifications are required. Though some previous experience does help with some of the lecture meetings and we occasionally cannot allow children on quarry visits for safety reasons.

Library - The Society donated its library to the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull. Members of the Society may register with the BJL for a free Reader's Ticket, entitling them to use the Library but not borrow books. In 2002 the BJL donated unwanted geology books and journals to the Society. These are now stored in the home of our Librarian and members of the Society may borrow up to six books or journals for one month. Non-members may also borrow but a refundable deposit is required. Any costs involved in the loans (such as post and packing) must be paid by the borrower. The Society plans to produce a catalogue of the new library. We have also been given some geological maps and other books, and these too are available for loan. Other donations will be gratefully accepted!

Affiliations - The Society is affiliated to the The Yorkshire Geological Society, The Geologists' Association and the East Yorkshire RIGS Group.  Members of the Society may attend the meetings of these other Societies.

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For further information please contact: the Secretary: Mike Horne, c/o 28 Salisbury Street, Hull, HU5 3HA, telephone (01482) 346784 (after 7-30 p.m.) or e-mail M.J.HORNE at HULL.AC.UK

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