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Largest Holocene volcanic eruption in Antarctica identified, dated and tracked right across the continent

Largest Holocene volcanic eruption in Antarctica identified, dated and tracked right across the continent

Posted by lcb14 at Dec 04, 2018 12:15 PM |

Leicester Geology volcanologist, Professor John Smellie reports on his research on Deception Island, one of a handful of active volcanoes in the Antarctic.

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Having a ‘whale’ of a time with Jane the dinosaur at Leicester

Posted by lcb14 at Oct 28, 2018 10:10 PM |

Dr Robert Goodall tell us more about his palaeontology research at Leicester...

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Inspirational 'Jane'!

Inspirational 'Jane'!

Posted by lcb14 at Oct 28, 2018 09:05 PM |

PhD Researcher Will Crabbe talks about how dinosaurs like our 'Jane' the T.rex have been an inspiration to his career.

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IAVCEI 2017 pre-conference field trip – pyroclastic density current deposits from the May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption

IAVCEI 2017 pre-conference field trip – pyroclastic density current deposits from the May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption

Posted by lcb14 at Feb 06, 2018 12:46 PM |

MPhil Researcher Gregor Hahn reports how the Whittaker Award in Geology last year helped fund a place on the 2017 pre-conference IAVCEI field trip to examine pyroclastic density current deposits of the famous 18th of May 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens.

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Determining the distribution of melanin in river lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) using histological sections

Determining the distribution of melanin in river lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) using histological sections

Posted by lcb14 at Feb 06, 2018 12:10 PM |

PhD Researcher Chris Nedza was awarded the Whitaker Award in Geology last year to assist his studies into melanin in river lamprey. Here he writes about how this funding has helped his research...

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Palaeodiets "under the microscope" at Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2017

Palaeodiets "under the microscope" at Yorkshire Fossil Festival 2017

Posted by lcb14 at Oct 16, 2017 11:05 AM |

Over the weekend of the 22-24th of September geology and palaeontology enthusiasts descended on the seaside town of Scarborough for the annual Yorkshire Fossil Festival.

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Leicester geologist and New Zealand colleagues discover evidence for gigantic volcanic eruption in Antarctica

Leicester geologist and New Zealand colleagues discover evidence for gigantic volcanic eruption in Antarctica

Posted by lcb14 at Feb 21, 2017 11:30 AM |

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.

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World’s largest penguin rookery at risk from volcanic eruption

World’s largest penguin rookery at risk from volcanic eruption

Posted by lcb14 at Jul 19, 2016 11:04 AM |

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.

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Bristol blows its top

Bristol blows its top

Posted by lcb14 at Jul 18, 2016 03:45 PM |

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.

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PCSB Lake District Field Trip 2016

PCSB Lake District Field Trip 2016

Posted by lcb14 at May 24, 2016 10:15 AM |

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.

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