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Sussex Geodiversity Partnership

The Sussex Geodiversity website

Welcome to the Sussex Geodiversity website. Geodiversity is the variety of rocks, fossils, minerals, natural processes, landforms and soils that underlie and determine the character of our landscape and environment. Here you will find:

  • Geological maps of Sussex and surrounding areas
  • Map-based links to information on Local Geological Sites, access, interest features, photographs and site maps
  • Stratigraphic charts for the local geology
  • Links to descriptions of the major rock units
  • A link to a bibliography of all relevant publications on the Chalk (other rock units to follow)

There are also links to related websites including all the organisations involved in the Partnership. Our hope is that the website will evolve to include contributions from many other sources.

What is the Sussex Geodiversity Partnership?

The Partnership was formed in 2011 with the aim of promoting and protecting geodiversity in East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. Members of the Partnership represent a range of organisations including:

  • East and West Sussex County Councils
  • Natural England
  • Geologists' Association
  • Sussex and Brighton Universities
  • Sussex Wildlife Trust and Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
  • South Downs National Park Authority
  • High Weald AONB
  • Local geological groups

Our objectives

The Partnership seeks to share information on the geodiversity of Sussex, influence policy and establish cross-regional working for geodiversity as well as providing the following functions:

  • A regional network for organisations, groups and individuals involved in geodiversity
  • A regional voice and profile for geodiversity
  • Easy access to information about Sussex geodiversity
  • Influence planning, policy development and practice
  • Share good practice
  • The Geodiversity Charter for England was launched in October 2014 and the document can be accessed on the website of the English Geodiversity Forum

Current news:

July 2019
Toot Rock
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March 2019
Deformation History of the Chalk
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February 2019
New website for Etches Collection Museum
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February 2019
Dinomania - a new play about Gideon Mantell
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January 2019
Geological Society - 2019 Year of Carbon
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November 2018
Update to Warnham Brick Pit LGS entry
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August 2018
The 2018 Earth Science Week photography competition
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July 2018
Festival of Geology Photo Competition 2018
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May 2018
Pyrenean Orogeny responsible for Paleogene deformation in southern England
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March 2018
Earth Science Week 2018
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February 2018
Plate Tectonics Stories Schools Competition
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January 2018
Walk with Dinosaurs
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January 2018
Building Stone Atlas of Sussex - Just published
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October 2017
Recent papers on Wealden fossils from West Sussex
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October 2017
Plate Tectonics: the Dan McKenzie Archive
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September 2017
New zonation of lower Campanian chalks of southern England based on microcrinoid fossils and new species named in honour of Sussex geologists
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September 2017
Giant Dinosaur Model for Lewes
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July 2017
A new dinosaur find from Surrey
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May 2017
New Natural History Museum Fossil Explorer mobile app
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April 2017
The most recent Geo Brexit
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April 2017
The first Brexit
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March 2017
Underground Sussex
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March 2017
Irresponsible fossil hunters on Rother District beaches
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March 2017
Wealden Sandstones
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February 2017
Event: Water Abstraction and Wastewater Recharge in the Winchester Area
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January 2017
Current status of Novington Sand Pit
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January 2017
Worthing College Geology Evening Classes for BEGINNERS
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December 2016
Update for Heath End Sand Pit
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November 2016
Marked increase in erosion of Sussex chalk cliffs in past 150 years
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October 2016
Brain tissue discovered in Sussex dinosaur fossil
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July 2016
Dinosaurs of Horsham: art, reality and fun
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June 2016
Cocking Chalk Pit site visit
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May 2016
Just published – Guide to Bracklesham and Selsey
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April 2016
Cocking Chalk Pit Restoration Plan
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February 2016
Into the Wealden
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January 2016
Charmandean Quarry update
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December 2015
Horton Clay Pit Pleistocene deposits
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October 2015
Update for Newtimber Chalk Quarry
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September 2015
Current status of Heath End Sand Pit
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September 2015
Proposed infilling of Rock Common Sand Quarry
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September 2015
Horshamosaurus – a new British dinosaur
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September 2015
Development of Keymer Tileworks site
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September 2015
Geology Photographic Competition 2015
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August 2015
The Threat to Water Lane, Hampshire
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August 2015
Restoration of Rudgwick Brickworks claypit
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July 2015
Proposals for reuse of Shoreham Cement Works
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July 2015
Proposals for reuse of Chantry Mill Quarry
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June 2015
WEBSITE: GeologySoutheast.inthepast.org.uk
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May 2015
Horton Clay Pit local geological site to be infilled
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December 2014
A Museum for The Etches Collection
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November 2014
Geological Conservation Review
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October 2014
Logging the Chalk, Rory N. Mortimore
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October 2014
Geology and History in Southeast England Conference
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February 2014
Large crack along cliff top at Birling Gap
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January 2014
Reported cliff fall at Birling Gap
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January 2014
Hastings cliff collapse
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September 2013
Ice Age erratics discovered at Medmerry, Selsey
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August 2013
"Fracking" or to give it its technical name hydraulic fracturing is currently very much in the news nationally and in Sussex...
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Upcoming events and lectures:

Horsham Geological Field Club »
11 September 2019
Darwin as geologist
Dr Chris Duffin, Natural History Museum

Hastings & District Geological Society »
15 September 2019
The Geology of Mars
Gordon Elder

West Sussex Geological Society »
20 September 2019
The Great Southwell Slip of 1734
Dr Eddie Bromhead

Horsham Geological Field Club »
9 October 2019
Offshore Wind Farms as Renewable Energy
David Shilston, Atkins engineering management

Hastings & District Geological Society »
13 October 2019
Lady Brassey’s Fossil Collection
Julian Porter

West Sussex Geological Society »
18 October 2019
Volcano psychology: understanding the eruptive clock at active volcanoes
Dr Chiara Maria Petrone, Natural History Museum

Brighton & Hove Geological Society »
20 October 2019
Life and climate change in Late Ice Age Cambridgeshire
Dr. Douglas Palmer, University of Cambridge

Brighton & Hove Geological Society »
6 November 2019
Dinosaur footprints in Sussex: new finds! (TBC)
Dr. Anthony Shillito, University of Oxford

Hastings & District Geological Society »
10 November 2019
Presidential Lecture
Professor David Price

Horsham Geological Field Club »
13 November 2019
Detecting and Monitoring Geohazards from Space
Dr Renalt Capes, Earth Metrics

West Sussex Geological Society »
15 November 2019
The Rising Continents and Sinking of Oceans
Professor Craig Storey, Portsmouth University

Wealden Geological Assembly
24 November 2019
Inaugural Meeting 09.50 - 17.00
Exhibition Hall, Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing, BN14 9FD
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Brighton & Hove Geological Society »
4 December 2019
Cretaceous starfish. (TBC)
Dr. Tim Ewin, Natural History Museum, London

Please contact us at info@geodiversitysussex.org.uk if you would like your programme of events or lectures added to this feed.

 

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