The Hong Kong Regional Group (HKRG) of the Geological Society of London is unique in that it is the only overseas ‘regional’ group of the Geological Society. It was formed in May 2001 to promote the profession and the role of geologists, in particular professional accreditation for geologists in Hong Kong. However the history of applied geology in Hong Kong is much older. The first recorded geological observations in Hong Kong were by Captain Basil Hall (FRS) who, in 1816 over 30 years before Hong Kong became a British colony, recorded the presence of, ‘lead coloured compact quartz rock, with...

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