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New Forest Geology & Fossils.

The New Forest - Geology and Fossils by SMFS member Dr James Barnet.

New Book "The New Forest - Geology and Fossils" by SMFS member Dr James Barnet

This book is intended to be the most complete and up-to-date guide to the geology and fossils of the New Forest, providing a wealth of information of interest to both the amateur fossil collector and the professional geologist. With some 200 field photographs, palaeogeographic maps, digitised borehole/outcrop logs, and geological cross sections this book includes:

  1. A tour of the regional geological evolution of southern England since the Permian Period (-280 million years ago), based on deep boreholes and coastal exposures, including the world-famous Jurassic coast of Dorset and east Devon.
  2. A discussion of the petroleum geology of southern England and the New Forest.
  3. A detailed overview of the stratigraphy of the Hampshire Basin, followed by related aspects of economic geology within this area, including ironstones, freshwater aquifers, geothermal energy, sand, clay and peat resources
  4. An up-to-date and complete account of the principal fossil localities, together with a comprehensive gallery of photographs with accompanying descriptions of the most abundant fossils within the New Forest National Park

Dr James Barnet grew up in the New Forest and became interested in its geology at an early age. He has been a member of SMFS for many years. With a first class master's degree and a PhD in Geology, James has worked in the petroleum industry and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews. This book represents the culmination of almost thirty years' experience of fossil hunting and geological study in and around the New Forest, as well as along the Jurassic coast.

For further details about the book, or to order a copy, go to the publishers web site at: The Crowood Press.

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SMFS Diary.

You can now download our programme to your electronic calendar.

Our provisional 2021 Programme released

The 2021 Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society Programme will just be online meetings on the third Tuesday of each month until the lifting of C-19 regulations allows us to meet in groups once more. A provisional programme with dates has been published on our Programme Page you can see the published programme for each month, download the programme dates as a PDF document or download a calendar file to add to your electronic calendar. Hopefully, the situation will have improved by September and we can hold our annual Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show. Take a look at the SMFS Programme Page for more information and links.

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Dendritic gold.

Dendritic gold from Hope's Nose, Devon, England. SMFS celebrates its Golden Anniversary in 2021.

50 Years Old and Still Going Strong

Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society was formed in 1971 and in 2021 we celebrate our 50th anniversary. The Society started out as Southampton Lapidary Society with the first meeting in April 1971 attended by sixteen people. The first public evening meeting was held in Southampton on 2nd June with thirty-two people attending. Since then the Society has continued to grow, and has undergone a couple of name changes to what we are today. The Society continues to flourish and has a strong, active membership. To celebrate our 40th anniversary we compiled an 158 page illustrated A4 book about the Society and it's achievements over the four decades. The printed book was made available to members and the book is now available as an electronic document if you are interested in finding out more about our history. The book is in PDF format and the file size is nearly 10 MB so it will take a little time to download: Four Decades of SMFS. For 2021 we shall be publishing an update recording the the 50th decade of Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society to commemorate our 50 years of rocking in the City.

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Links to Other Sites of Interest


The SMFS web site is edited by Gary Morse. If you have have any news items or interesting links that you think other mineral and fossil collectors might be interested in please pass them on using the Contact Us link above and they will be posted here.

Information and General Interest Sites.

The Etches Collection The wonderful specimens found by Steve Etches housed in The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life situated in the village of Kimmeridge, Dorset. Definately worth a visit.
Dorset GA Group The Dorset Geologists' Association Group web site featuring a miscellany of geology, fossils, rocks and minerals all from Dorset.
Mineral Collectors Page Possibly one of the best starting pages on the WWW. Lots of very good links.
Eocene and Oligocene Fossils An excellent page featuring A Collection of Eocene and Oligocene Fossils compiled by Alan Morton.
Mining in Tasmania This excellent site is all about Tasmanian mines and mining. Of particular interest is is a downloadable book "Turning Red Lead into Gold" the story of crocoite and other lead minerals of Tasmania.
The Fluorescent Mineral Society Specialist site on photoluminescence. Everything you want to know about fluorescent minerals.
The British Museum of Natural History This is the huge BMNH site. Pages on all subjects. The mineralogy department is doing some very interesting work.
West's Geology Directory Compiled by Dr. Ian West at The University of Southampton this award winning site is one of the most comprehensive for information and links. It is a large directory (100's of pages) of links, field trip guides and bibliographies, mostly on Southern England.
Charmouth Heritage Centre The Charmouth Heritage Centre is the focal point for fossil collecting along the South Coast. Good information on Jurassic exposures and fossils.
Jurassic Coast Trust The Jurassic Coast Trust site takes a walk through Jurassic time, with its rocks and fossils you can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past.
Mindat Mindat is the online mineral and locality database, containing information on minerals. The best site for mineral information.
UK Fossils Network The UK Fossils Network for information on fossil collecting guides, advice, fossil hunting locations and events.
Fossils of the Gault Clay This site is dedicated to the fossils of the lower Cretaceous Albian (Gault Clay and Folkestone Beds) in the county of Kent, England.
Sheppey Fossils Lower Eocene (Ypresian) fossils of the London Clay from the north coastal section of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
BGS The BGS gives you everything that you ever wanted to know about UK geology. Check out the OpenGeoscience for loads of free data!

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Links to other Groups, Clubs & Societies.

The Russell Society The Russell Society is a society of amateur and professional mineralogists which encourages the study, recording and conservation of mineralogical sites and material. This is the site for amateur mineral collectors.
Rockwatch The national group for young people. A very active organisation that all youngsters interested in geological subjects should join.
Bournemouth Natural Science Society Information on the Natural Science Society which has a very active Geological Group.
British Micromount Society The excellent web site of the British Micromount Society.
Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Society The Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Society website.
Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society All about Sussex Mineral & Lapidary Society and details of the Sussex Mineral Show.
The Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club Based in Edinburgh SMLC are one of the oldest clubs in the UK and this site has some interesting pictures of Scottish agates.
CMGS The web site site for Cheltenham Mineralogical & Geological Society.
Mineralogical Society of Great Britain The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland is an international society for all those working in the mineral sciences.
The Tertiary Research Group This site has information about the Group and their work with some very interesting papers.
Medway Fossils & Mineral Society Information about Medway Fossils & Mineral Society
Georgia Mineral Society The great site of our American friends who visited us in March 2002.

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UK Mineral & Fossil Dealers.

Mike's Minerals & Fossils Respected Lyme Regis dealer Mike Jeffries now has a full online internet sales site selling British and worldwide fossils, with a lot of Jurassic coast material, plus worldwide minerals. They will also provide information to the local visitor or fossil hunter to Lyme Regis in Dorset who might be interested in finding their own local fossils.
Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Dealers Links to the dealers who exhibit at the annual Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show can be found on our Show Page.

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Submit a Link

If you are a geological related group within the UK please send us your web site details so that we can foster links between the various groups for the mutual benefit of us all. Use the Contact Us link above to get in touch.
UK mineral and fossil dealers are welcome to request a link but we would expect a reciprocal link to our site. Contact us if you would like to have your site placed here.


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