The Chalk of the Northern Province: its regional context


a joint meeting of the Hull Geological Society

with the Yorkshire Geological Society and Hull University


Original aims of the Symposium (Paul Hildreth February 2014)


The Yorkshire Geological Society (YGS) and Hull Geological Society (HGS) propose to hold a joint meeting hosted by the Department of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies of the University of Hull to focus on new research into the stratigraphy of the Chalk Group, in particular that of the Northern Province recognised by the BGS Stratigraphy Committee report (RR/05/01), but with a potentially wider significance. The meeting, which would be scheduled for mid-September 2015, is seen as an opportunity for a “Chalk Symposium” consisting of four days of activities:
• DAY ONE (Thursday) – field work in the North Lincolnshire area
• DAY TWO (Friday) –identification of issues/ discussion/formulation of proposals etc.
• DAY THREE (Saturday am) – possible continuation of Friday business
• DAY THREE (Saturday pm) – YGS General Meeting comprising three or four original papers on a topic related to Chalk stratigraphy together with a summary of the outcomes of the symposium
• DAY FOUR (Sunday) – field work on the East Yorkshire coast (and possibly Flixton)

It is hoped that the discussion element (Friday and Saturday am) of the symposium would be focussed on the issue of macrofossil biozones which, though used for over a century, have never been defined. The zones of Jukes Brown and Hill (1903 and 1904) are largely inappropriate in the Northern Province and even relatively recent work by Whitham (1991, 1993) and Mitchell (1994) in the Santonian and Campanian (Flamborough Chalk Formation), highlights the need for standardisation of boundary definition. Indeed, the variations in several authors’ recorded thicknesses of biozones are probably largely attributable to this. The BGS report (RR/05/01) quoted above gives no diagrammatic macro-biozone scheme for the Northern Province other than that for the whole of England. There is international recognition of some problems or issues which need to be resolved in Chalk stratigraphy in the North Sea and may bring interest from the oil industry.

In summary, the objectives of the symposium are:
1. to bring together Chalk stratigraphers to identify current macro-biostratigraphy problems
2. to discuss identified problems and issues
3. to propose definitions of existing, workable zones with a view to bringing to the attention of the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London
4. to consider the implications for microbiostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy and event stratigraphy
5. to present original research papers.

There will be an understanding that original papers and any summary proposal originating from the symposium would be published in the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. Further it is proposed to produce a YGS-supported field guide to the “Chalk of the Northern Province” to mark this event.


 Programme - Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September 2015

Thursday  - Registration and field meeting Ulceby and Melton Ross Quarries in Lincolnshire led by Paul Hildreth (travel by coach from Hull).

Thursday 6-30pm to 8pm - "icebreaker" at the University of Hull

Friday -


Sunday  - field meeting at Dane's Dyke (or South Landing) and Selwick's Bay led by Mike Horne (note the coach has been canelled due to low numbers of dlegates booking). Syposium ends at 3pm.


Registration was required for all parts of the meeting including the free lectures on the Saturday afternoon.

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