Our GeoBlog gives you some insight into the activities at the Department of Geology including research as well as teaching from both staff and our students.
Leicester geologist and New Zealand colleagues discover evidence for gigantic volcanic eruption in Antarctica
Professor John Smellie has returned from another field season in Antarctica, this time working with the New Zealand Antarctic Programme on a large volcano known as Mt Morning.
Leicester Geology volcanologist Professor John Smellie reports that the world’s largest penguin rookery is at risk because of the effects of a volcanic eruption on Zavodovski Island, one of the remote South Sandwich Islands.
Professor John Smellie, a volcanologist in the Geology Department, working with Peter Fretwell of the British Antarctic Survey, is using satellite images to document an eruption on one of the world’s most remote and least visited volcanoes: Mt Sourabaya, on Bristol Island in the sub-Antarctic South Sandwich Islands.
Aside from stalling a few times on the M6 we made it up to The Lakes in three rattling minibuses, generally all in one piece! Like us, you might know a bit about walking in the Lake District – the land of a thousand weathers, many pubs, a few sheep and some big hills! Like us, you probably don’t (or didn’t) know much about the geology that forms the Lake District; why it has both big hills and the expansive eponymous lakes.
Staff from the European Petrophysics Consortium based at the University of Leicester have been working as part of a team on the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 357: Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life. As the latest phase of this exciting expedition, the Onshore Science Party (OSP) is drawing to a close, Laurence Phillpot reflects on his OSP experience at the Bremen Core Repository at the MARUM in Germany.
Over the weekend of the 5-6 December 2015, 12 PhD students and 2 Research Associates arrived on the Bennett Building steps at the University of Leicester to take part in a BSRG (British Sedimentological Research Group) Petrophysics Short course led by the European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC Leicester and Montpellier). The course, sponsored and part funded by UK-IODP (International Ocean Discovery Programme) and the London Petrophysical Society (LPS) involved teaching basic research-focused petrophysical analysis before letting attendees loose on IODP datasets. Attendees travelled from 9 institutions across the UK from as far away as Aberdeen in the north to Bristol in the south, and with backgrounds covering a range across the subjects of sedimentology, geochemistry and fluvial systems. This diversity created an exciting dynamic for all involved, and some interesting opportunities for collaboration and networking for the participants.
PhD student Joe Emmings recounts his visit to southern Spain with the second-year University of Leicester Geology undergraduate students. Joe was one of four postgraduate demonstrators on the Spain field course working alongside the leaders, Dr Tom Harvey and Dr Sarah Lee to provide valuable field training and experience for our students.
Professor John Smellie tells us about his recent fieldwork to the two southernmost volcanoes in the world
Professor John Smellie has just returned from Antarctica, working with geologists of the United States Antarctic Programme and a British field assistant on the two southernmost volcanoes in the world. Known as Mt Early and Sheridan Bluff, the volcanoes are located at 87°S, at the head of the Scott Glacier just 300 km from South Pole on the edge of the desolate, featureless snow and ice expanse that is the high polar plateau.
After a week of field work based within two East Midland cities, Jonathan Hall explains the contemporary Earth Science themes explored within our Urban Geology module…