Category Archives: Earth

Mass Spectrometer 1

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This post was written by Prof. Grenville Turner FRS who set up the Isotope Group when he moved from Sheffield to Manchester in 1986. Grenville was one of the original UK Apollo sample and Luna sample Pricipal Investigators, and has trained … Continue reading

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Introductions from our 1st Year PhD students

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Over the past few months, 3 PhD students have joined our research group. Read on to see what projects they’ll be working on during the next 3 years and to find out about upcoming PhD projects starting in 2019. Marissa … Continue reading

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That tricky first paper

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New group paper: Halogen behaviour in subduction zones: eclogite facies rocks from the Western and Central Alps After exactly 53 weeks of writing, revising, collecting new data and riding the emotional rollercoaster that is peer-reviewed publication, my first paper as … Continue reading

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A pit stop geological tour of the West Coast of America!

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This summer, Sam, Ben, Brad (Ben’s brother) and I decided to go on a road trip around the West Coast of America after Sam and Ben had finished taking part in the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program at the Lunar … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in the land of ice and fire

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At the end of July Dr Katie Street and myself went back into the field to collect a new selection of samples from Iceland. This mostly involved driving through different regions of Iceland in a 4×4 truck to sample from … Continue reading

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From Chile to Manchester, and beyond! A lab season at the University of Cambridge

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I’m Javiera, a 2nd year PhD student, originally from Santiago, Chile. I studied my undergrad in Geology at the University of Chile, having the Andes as my training yard. I first came to Manchester in 2015 during my undergrad for … Continue reading

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Ancient fluids beneath our feet

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This article was written by group member Dr Greg Holland, Senior Lecturer in Terrestrial Noble Gas Geochemistry ————   ————   ———— New group paper: Tracing ancient hydrogeological fracture network age and compartmentalisation using noble gases Very little is understood about the … Continue reading

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Understanding carbon capture and storage

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This article was written by group member Dr Greg Holland, Senior Lecturer in Terrestrial Noble Gas Geochemistry ————   ————   ———— New group paper: Estimating carbon dioxide residence time scales through noble gas and stable isotope diffusion profiles. One potential way … Continue reading

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Searching for meteorites in the Atacama desert

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In October 2017 Drs Katherine Joy and Romain Tartese from the SEES Isotope Group joined a joint French-Chilean led expedition to the Atacama desert in Chile to search and recover meteorites that will be used for scientific analysis. The trip … Continue reading

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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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