Category Archives: Earth

EGU Conference 2017: Trying out a new type of interactive presentation

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Vienna: One of the most culturally rich and diverse capital cities in the world and home to this years’ European Geosciences Union (EGU) annual meeting. I was fortunate enough to attend this meeting during the first part of the week in … Continue reading

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New ‘Meteorite hunt!’ activity

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Earth and Solar System has a new fun activity called ‘Meteorite hunt!’ we have been trialing with group members and put into practice at the Science Museum Lates event last Wednesday in London. Funded by a grant from the Royal … Continue reading

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New exciting meteorite project

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  We are involved with a new exciting project to go and search for meteorites in Antarctica! You may well have seen our previous blog about a study looking into the possibility of there being some missing types of iron … Continue reading

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New group paper about ‘Water subduction in the mantle’

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The following blog has been written by group member Prof. Ray Burgess about a new paper to be published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters ————————————– Water is carried into subduction zones with the subducting oceanic plate either as sedimentary pore … Continue reading

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New paper: Warm Archean oceans reconstructed from oxygen isotope composition of early-life remnants

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The following summary has been written by Dr Romain Tartèse, who is a visitor in the SEES University of Manchester Isotope Group. ——————— There is strong evidence in the geological record suggesting that life started on the Earth more than 3 billion years … Continue reading

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D.I.N.G.U.E 4

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A number of the Earth & Solar System team attended the Developments In Noble Gas Understanding and Expertise (DINGUE, or “Crackpot” in French) conference held in the beautiful city of Nancy in France last week; a chance for scientists to discuss new … Continue reading

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Fireball event seen across Scotland

You may have seen news reports about a meteor event that was witnessed in Scotland on Monday (29th Feb 2016) night at about 6.30 pm. Fireball events such as this represent the entry of a small body (likely an asteroid, … Continue reading

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New paper by group members: Are there meteorites trapped just below the surface of the ice in Antarctica?

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As many of you know many of our group’s research activities involving studying samples from asteroids and planetary surfaces that have been delivered to Earth as meteorites. Meteorites are recovered on Earth either as ‘falls’, when they are witnessed falling as … Continue reading

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New paper by group members – sampling the mantle in Antarctica

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*article written by Dr. Michael Broadley and Prof. Ray Burgess. The Earth’s mantle makes up more than 80% of the Earth by volume and has controlling influence on the generation of the Earth’s crust, the oceans and the atmosphere. The … Continue reading

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New publication by group member Matthias Willbold about ancient Earth rocks

A new paper published by group member Dr. Matthias Williold and colleagues about Tungsten isotopes of the Acasta Gneiss Complex is available online. You can access the paper (for free!) at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X15001260 Tungsten isotope composition of the Acasta Gneiss Complex M. Willbold, S.J. … Continue reading

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