London: Field Trip to the Isle of Wight

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During 22–23 July, 15 members of the SPE London Young Professionals (YP) group met for a sunny weekend on the Isle of Wight for an engineering/geology field trip. John Cole from BG Group led the tour, and his experience in the area was greatly appreciated. The Isle is located near Portsmouth on the south coast of England, and it shows exposed examples of a wide range of geological formations. This includes the Lower Cretaceous Wealden beds through to the Greensand formations, chalk, clays, and into the Oligocene Bembridge limestone. Tertiary inversion of an earlier east/west extensional fault system has created a large monoclinal structure running across the length of the island.