A place in the sun, geology edition: Fieldwork on El Hierro, Canary Islands

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The island of El Hierro, which is the least populated, smallest, and youngest member of the Canary Islands, has been in the spotlight of scientists working on ocean island basalts in the last couple of years. (Ocean island basalts are … Continue reading

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New Group Paper: Investigating the geochemical preservation of 3 billion-year-old microfossils

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Carbonaceous microstructures resembling micro-organisms have been reported from numerous Archean formations (the Archean period ranges between 2.5 and 4.0 billion years ago). However, unequivocally identifying microfossils and their associated metabolism is not trivial in ancient rocks, notably because billions of … Continue reading

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An Insight into Crater Counting

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This blog post has been written by Prof. Jamie Gilmour —————————————————————————————————————– Wednesday 1st November 2017 was our first ever “Insight into Planetary Science” event, a day when we invite school sixth formers (16-18 year olds) to visit our department (SEES) … Continue reading

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Meteorites in China

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Of the 57041 named meteorites that have been recovered on Earth, only 239 have been recovered from China. This is somewhat of an oddity as China has the 4th largest surface area of a country with about 9.6 million square … Continue reading

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Research visit to China

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In 2016 we had a visiting student Xiaojia Zeng who was funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to come to Manchester for six months and study in our group. He is based in the Lunar and Planetary Science Center … Continue reading

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1st Year PhD Survival Training

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Each October the Isotope, Comochemistry and Geochemistry Group gains numerous new PhD students who conduct important research in fields ranging from studying particles which existed before our Solar System to understanding the process of tectonic subduction through noble gas analyses. … Continue reading

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Sampling mantle rocks with the Oman Drilling Project – Part 2

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This blog post was written by Elliot Carter, who is currently on board a ship somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, taking part in the Oman Drilling Project. You can read Elliot’s first post about the project here, and follow the … Continue reading

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Sampling mantle rocks with the Oman Drilling Project

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This blog post has been written by Elliot Carter, NERC funded PhD student in the Univeristy of Manchester SEES Isotope Group ———————————————————– Back in February I applied to join the Oman Drilling Project, a massive international co-operative scientific endeavour to learn more … Continue reading

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Going Crazy in Paris!

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The 2017 Goldschmidt conference in Paris started yesterday morning, but yesterday I was on a Eurostar train on my way back to the UK from Paris. Several pre-conference workshops took place at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris … Continue reading

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