The Bristol SEG hosts a series of lectures, fieldtrips and seminars aimed at engaging students, academics and industry professionals in discussions about economic geology and the mining industry. See below for photographs from the recent field trip to Ireland, as well as posters from previous guest lectures.

Life as an Exploration Geologist - Lucy Crane - Altus Strategies

Following in the footsteps of the 'Father of English Geology', William Smith

The Bristol SEG enjoyed a beautiful, sunny if quite chilly, February day exploring the historic economic geology sites of Somerset through the eyes of William Smith, the 'Father' of English geology.

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first geological map of England and Wales, drawn by surveyor William Smith. In celebration of the bicentenary, the University of Bristol prepared a guided field tour of some of the key localities of William Smith's life and work in the Somerset area between 1791 and 1819...

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Diamonds: A Window into Deep Mantle Processes

Our very own Head of School, Professor Mike Walter, entertained a large undergraduate and postgraduate audience with his presentation on his research on the fascinating world of diamonds and what they can reveal about deep mantle processes.

WHAT LIES BENEATH?! Fieldtrip to the Redcliffe Caves, Bristol

On a cold but crisp winter's evening the Bristol SEG were guided around the Redcliffe Caves by local caving expert Alan Grey. The caves stretch for over 9 acres beneath the city and have an illustrious history at the heart of Bristol life.

After meeting us outside the Ostrich Inn, Alan took us around the wharf to the unassuming cave entrance - but we weren't allowed in straight away! First we went on a walking tour of the Redcliffe area where Alan explained the rich history of the wharfs and the various African goods traded there by local merchants...

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Meet the New Students - Summer Internships in Mining

Our first event of the new academic year saw new PhD students Ed Bunker and Simon Dahlstrom join fellow PhD students Becky Perkins and Amy Gilmer as they shared their experiences of internships in the mining industry. The presentations gave the students valuable advice about how to get internships within the mining industry with many students leaving feeling  energised and with fresh ideas for obtaining work experience. The evening was a definite success with many amusing anecdotes along the way including more than one about vehicles gettting stuck in the mud... A rite of passage for any economic geologist it seems!

Past Events

Exploring the Arigna Mining Experience with our guide, a veteran coal miner who worked at mines in the area. The height of the timber pillar is all the miners had to work in while extracting the coal.
Exploring the Arigna Mining Experience with our guide, a veteran coal miner who worked at mines in the area. The height of the timber pillar is all the miners had to work in while extracting the coal.
Discussion of the upper geology at the Giant's Causeway. On top of the well-known columnar basalts are more randomly-orientated entablatures, which form due to the effects of water.
Discussion of the upper geology at the Giant's Causeway. On top of the well-known columnar basalts are more randomly-orientated entablatures, which form due to the effects of water.
Group photo at the Giant's Causeway.
Group photo at the Giant's Causeway.
The columnar basalts of the Giant's Causeway also include a lot of fine detail. Striae show the growth of the columns from top to bottom as the magma cooled.
The columnar basalts of the Giant's Causeway also include a lot of fine detail. Striae show the growth of the columns from top to bottom as the magma cooled.
Dr. Sarah Coulter led the group on a tour of the Galantas gold mine.
Dr. Sarah Coulter led the group on a tour of the Galantas gold mine.
The tour of the Galantas gold mine included a discussion on the geology of the deposit and how the company go about mining it.
The tour of the Galantas gold mine included a discussion on the geology of the deposit and how the company go about mining it.
The entrance to the Galantas underground mine. The material around the entrance is shock-crete, which - along with steel rods - stabilises the roof and prevents collapse.
The entrance to the Galantas underground mine. The material around the entrance is shock-crete, which - along with steel rods - stabilises the roof and prevents collapse.
Group photo in the Galantas core shed.
Group photo in the Galantas core shed.
Before the group left Galantas, they were treated to an explosion as the underground mine was extended - from a safe distance of course!
Before the group left Galantas, they were treated to an explosion as the underground mine was extended - from a safe distance of course!
Group photo at the Tara Boliden processing plant.
Group photo at the Tara Boliden processing plant.
The group were talked through the core log that had been drilled for the Tara exploration department, and how the different lithologies affected and preserved mineralisation.
The group were talked through the core log that had been drilled for the Tara exploration department, and how the different lithologies affected and preserved mineralisation.
Wetting down the core at Tara Boliden made the mineralisation show up more clearly.
Wetting down the core at Tara Boliden made the mineralisation show up more clearly.
The group were also given a tour of the Tara Boliden tailings mine. The company were moving on from traditional tailings pits to a more environmentally friendly method in which removed sulphur from the tailings liquid.
The group were also given a tour of the Tara Boliden tailings mine. The company were moving on from traditional tailings pits to a more environmentally friendly method in which removed sulphur from the tailings liquid.

Photos from the recent field trip to Ireland