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Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 74

Issue 74 contents list: published December 2016

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HEART TO HEART

FOSSILS GALORE

Check out some of the trips we’ve been on or, better still, join us on some of the new trips and find your own fabulous fossils. Register early online and check for trips in the Events Booklet issued with each issue of the magazine and on the website.

ROCKSTAR EXCELLENCE

See some of the stunning entries in our Rockstar 2016 competition. The judges were certainly ‘wowed’ by these entries. Will they be an inspiration for you to send in an entry next year?

BRITAIN’S CENOZOIC FOSSILS

Peter Doyle shares his interest in some of the beautiful, fragile Eocene fossils found mainly in the S.E. of England, alive during changes in Earth’s climate from warm in the Palaeogene to cold in the Quarternary.

ADVENTURER WHO MARVELLED AT MEXICO

Adela Breton, an explorer and artist first visited Mexico more than 100 years ago. Sue Giles tells us how Adela recorded her travels and expressed her particular interest in geology through her wonderful sketches, paintings and photographs.

ICE AGE IDEA PUT TO THE TEST

Rockwatch member Philip Vixseboxse follows in the footsteps of geologist George Lamplugh along the Holderness Coast to see if he can determine whether Lamplugh’s controversial theory was correct. This is an edited version of Philip’s commended entry in the 2016 RockWriter annual competition.

METEORITES: FIRST PROBES OF THE UNIVERSE

Deeksha Cirium’s commended entry in the RockWriter competition tells us about one of the biggest meteorite impacts in recent history. It landed near Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013, causing injury to many people and significant damage to buildings over a wide area.

HOW STROMATOLITES SHAPED LIFE

Rockwatchers had the chance to learn how important tiny microscopic creatures (blue-green algae) were in creating the Earth’s atmosphere when they were on a field trip with Alan Holiday. The stromatolitic limestones they explored on the Isle of Portland and at the Fossil Forest near Lulworth helped them to understand the role of these very important bacteria.

HEART TO HEART

Mark Godden, manager of a Jurassic limestone quarry on the Isle of Portland explains how Portland has, quite literally, given its heart to London. Discover more from Mark’s fascinating article.

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