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Our GeoBlog gives you some insight into the activities in Geology including research as well as teaching from both staff and our students.

Summer mapping 2013 by 2nd year Geology with Geophysics student Jess Keeble

Summer mapping 2013 by 2nd year Geology with Geophysics student Jess Keeble

Posted by mm489 at Jul 01, 2013 01:52 PM |

I am currently in the third week of my four week independent field based project in the Lake District. This entails spending two weeks mapping the area and two weeks conducting a geophysical survey. There are a number of things I have learnt during my time here (not all of them geology related!) and I thought I would share a few with you.

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Thoughts on the start of my doctoral research by Leah Nolan

Thoughts on the start of my doctoral research by Leah Nolan

Posted by mm489 at Jun 19, 2013 02:06 PM |

Leah starts her PhD research in the Geology Department in October. Here she describes her first field visit to the picturesque Lathkill Dale in the Peaks where famous Lower Carboniferous limestones out crop...

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From Rocks to Oceans: Biogeochemical Cycling of Silicon and Carbon around the World

From Rocks to Oceans: Biogeochemical Cycling of Silicon and Carbon around the World

Posted by mm489 at Jun 14, 2013 01:26 PM |

Last week the annual conference of Isotopes and Biogenic Silica (IBiS) was held in Helsinki. Here, Professor Melanie Leng tells us why it is so important to study how silicon is cycled around the world and how silica can help to control our climate.

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Drilling into Lake Ohrid’s Deep Past by PhD student Jack Lacey

Drilling into Lake Ohrid’s Deep Past by PhD student Jack Lacey

Posted by mm489 at May 17, 2013 09:57 AM |

I arrived in Macedonia just over a week ago and travelled to Lake Ohrid in the south west of the Former Yugoslavian Republic. The drilling and science team had just completed a 568 meter hole!

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My relationship with Jane by Laurence Phillpot (2nd year undergraduate)

Posted by mm489 at Apr 30, 2013 11:00 AM |

When I first started my degree at the University of Leicester Geology Department I didn’t know anyone, as is the situation with most undergraduate students fresh out of college. However, when I went into the lobby on my first day, there was one face that I recognised from the open day 6 months previously. Her name is Jane, she is tall and sleek and has amazing teeth! She is the type of girl I would love to take home to meet my parents. Oh, did I mention that Jane is a Tyrannosaurus-rex skeleton?

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My arrival on the Falkland Islands – the final step by Mel Leng

My arrival on the Falkland Islands – the final step by Mel Leng

Posted by mm489 at Apr 26, 2013 01:44 PM |

I have finally arrived on the Falkland Islands after an epic field trip to South Georgia. We have been dropped off by the Polarstern and this is the final step before we leave for the UK in a few days.

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SCOPSCO is GO: Lake Ohrid deep drilling underway! Written by Jack Lacey

SCOPSCO is GO: Lake Ohrid deep drilling underway! Written by Jack Lacey

Posted by mm489 at Apr 26, 2013 09:45 AM |

In March I wrote my first blog post that outlined the Lake Ohrid SCOPSCO drilling project, which I am pleased to report got underway on April 1st with the first cores on deck shortly after. Within 3 days the team had drilled through the last 140,000 years and have since kept pace, having now recovered just under 1000 meters of core from two boreholes in 17 days. The barge is presently being moved around 25 meters to a new location to get a third long sediment sequence which is anticipated to represent accumulation over the past 3 million years.

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My visit to the old whaling station of Grytviken and King Edward Point on South Georgia by Melanie Leng

My visit to the old whaling station of Grytviken and King Edward Point on South Georgia by Melanie Leng

Posted by mm489 at Apr 25, 2013 10:10 AM |

I am back on board the Polarstern after an amazing few weeks on South Georgia. Today we visited the old whaling station of Grytviken next to the British Antarctic Survey’s research base at King Edward Point.

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Melanie Leng’s first report from South Georgia

Melanie Leng’s first report from South Georgia

Posted by mm489 at Apr 19, 2013 12:24 PM |

I arrived on South Georgia a little over a week ago. It was a dramatic exit from the German research vessel, the Polarstern. The coring raft and a small inflatable boat were loaded up with our gear and the 6 team members and we were craned over the side of the ship.

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What “really” happens on Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS!) days - by Peter Sayce (3rd year Geology undergraduate)

What “really” happens on Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS!) days - by Peter Sayce (3rd year Geology undergraduate)

Posted by mm489 at Mar 15, 2013 11:55 AM |

I find that UCAS days are much more fun now that I don’t have to worry about whether I actually want to spend 3 years of my life at the university I’m only visiting for a few hours. As interesting as that experience was, I’m glad that it ended with me making the right decision and coming to Leicester. I think that’s one of the reasons why I volunteer for open days; to show prospective students what a great idea studying Geology at Leicester would be... Well, that and to get free tea and biscuits.

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