Earth & Environmental Sciences
2nd and 4th Tuesday 10:00 to 12:00
We consider the physical, natural and cultural processes that shape the landscape and environment of the Earth in which we live.
The object of the group is to examine matters relating to the physical structure of the earth and its close atmosphere, including anything else that shapes the landscape and environment in which we live, whether physical, biological or cultural.
The basic principles of geology and geomorphology are often considered in relation to the structure of the landscape of south east England and, sometimes, other regions of the UK and abroad. We can also look at aspects of the biosphere ( plants, animals, insects and their habitats) and cultural influences on historic and present landscapes.
We meet in members' houses, as is convenient.
Members take it in turns to prepare a subject to present to the meeting. The subject can be based on past experience, or more excitingly, the exploration of a topic new to the member.
At least once a year we try to have an all day outside visit to a local place of interest.
Earlier subjects have included the formation of gemstones, the geology of SE England, cloud formation, an overview of climate change, vindolanda, the barrows of Reigate Heath, the wild flowers of arable land, the geomorphology of a river and pollution.
Sometimes we hold a magazine meeting to which each member brings along an item that they consider would stimulate a general discussion and introduces it with a very short talk.