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Expedition 357: Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life

Expedition 357: Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life

Posted by lcb14 at Feb 08, 2016 10:15 AM |

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.

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Leicester hosts BSRG Petrophysics Short Course

Leicester hosts BSRG Petrophysics Short Course

Posted by lcb14 at Jan 13, 2016 02:25 PM |

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.

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Exploring the Sierras

Exploring the Sierras

Posted by lcb14 at Jan 13, 2016 01:55 PM |

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.

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Professor John Smellie tells us about his recent fieldwork to the two southernmost volcanoes in the world

Professor John Smellie tells us about his recent fieldwork to the two southernmost volcanoes in the world

Posted by lcb14 at Jan 13, 2016 11:50 AM |

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.

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Urban Geology – a mixture of technofossils and landscape psychology

Urban Geology – a mixture of technofossils and landscape psychology

Posted by lcb14 at Oct 06, 2015 09:55 AM |

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…

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In conversation with Jan Zalasiewicz

Posted by ga16 at Feb 12, 2015 11:25 AM |

The Anthropocene – the human epoch, and how it shapes our planet. 7.00pm to 8.30pm on 11th March 2015 at The Royal Institution

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Volcanological fieldwork in Antarctica

Posted by ga16 at Feb 04, 2015 12:25 PM |

Professor John Smellie has just returned from Antarctica, working on volcanoes with geologists of the Italian Antarctic Programme

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Sabbatical: "A rest from work or a break?!"

Sabbatical: "A rest from work or a break?!"

Posted by mm489 at Nov 04, 2014 09:57 AM |

Well that's the start of the entry on Wikipedia, and although I'm presently on a period of study leave, it definitely doesn't mean a rest from work, but has meant a break from my normal teaching and administration responsibilities. So, what am I up to?

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Working aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook

Working aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook

Posted by mm489 at Sep 29, 2014 03:50 PM |

Dr. Elke Hanenkamp is a Research Associate within the Borehole Group here in the Geology Department. She was on board the RRS James Cook for 44 days, working as a MSCL operator on a NERC-funded consortium project, BRITICE-CHRONO, which aims to collect data to constrain the timing and rates of change of the collapsing British-Irish Ice Sheet (BIIS).

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Fieldwork in Arctic Norway

Fieldwork in Arctic Norway

Posted by ga16 at Aug 29, 2014 01:55 PM |

3rd year student Grace Howe has just returned from a summer in Finnmark, Arctic Norway, with the British Exploring Society

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