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Yorkshire Gold – Why Potash is so Important

David Manning

This year the Geological Society’s biennial lecture will look at the global importance of potash.


The lecture, by President of The Geological Society Professor David Manning, comes just months after members of the North York Moors National Park gave permission for UK firm Sirius Minerals, via its subsidiary York Potash, to start work on a £1.7bn potash mine under moorland overlooking Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

The area houses a rich seam of the potassium-rich mineral polyhalite, a form of potash, described by Sirius as a ‘fertiliser of the future’ and believed to be a potent weapon in the war on world hunger.

David Manning is Professor of Soil Science at Newcastle University, and current president of the 208-year-old Geological Society of London, the UK’s learned and professional body for earth scientists, with over 10,000 members worldwide.

The lecture takes place in the year which marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of ‘the map that changed the world’ showing the distribution of geological strata, compiled by William Smith, later one of the founders of Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum. Smith was to become known as ‘the father of English geology’.

Such is the esteem in which Smith and the Rotunda are held that the president of The Geological Society is a patron of the museum and, in recognition of its significance, the Society recently agreed to institute a biennial public lecture in the town. Yorkshire Gold is the second of these lectures.

Yorkshire Gold will be held in the Concert Room at Scarborough Library from 6.30pm on Friday 16 October. Admission is free, and the talk is aimed at a general audience.

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