The Geological Society of Hong Kong 香港地質學會
Last updated: 10 Oct 2017
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“Geodating of The Month: Rice Fossil”

Rice is one of the most widely consumed staple food in the world especially in Asia. Rice production is an important part for the development of Chinese civilization.
Some researchers studied the rice fossil (mainly from phytoliths) found at the Shangshan site in the Lower Yangtze, and they compared carbon dating of the phytoliths and other materials from the same environment to determine the ages of fossils based on the decay of Carbon-14 in the fossils. As carbon-14 decays with a half-life of about 5,730 years, its radioactic decay limits age determination to the order of 50,000 years.
The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests that rice was domesticated in China at about 10,000 years ago.


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The Geological Society of Hong Kong is a non-profit organisation that attempts to promote geological and earth science studies within Hong Kong and the adjacent region. We organise local and overseas fieldtrips, as well as lectures. The Society publishes a journal (The Hong Kong Geologist) and bulletins dealing with a variety of earth science subjects.

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[The Geological Society of Hong Kong 35th Anniversary]
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Geological Society of Hong Kong, I am pleased to invite you and your friends to attend our Anniversary Conference, Dinner and field trip.

The 35th Anniversary Conference and Dinner to be held on 17 November 2017 in Crystal Ballroom of the City View Hotel (23 Waterloo Road, Kowloon). There are Field Trip A & B to be held on 18 November 2017.

The one-day Conference will present Hong Kong, Asian and International experiences on the recent researches in geology/engineering geology. It is anticipated that there will be more than 150 delegates from Government, Contractors, Consulting Engineers and Suppliers participating in the Conference.

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David Workman's Obituary

Bulletin No.12, Issue No.1, March, 2017 (Discussion on Description and Classification of Rocks of the Tuen Mun Formation) is on the shelf and ready for your reading and downloading

Newsletter Vol 22_No.2_ December 2016 is on the shelf and ready for your reading and downloading

Prof. Vincent Wong has updated the article about Namibia, Botswana, and Victoria Falls