Category Archives: Laboratory

Comets: Atmospheres, water, and life?

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Comets may have brought the water that gave rise to the oceans, the atmosphere, and potentially life to Earth. 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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Scattered Moonlight: Research by members of the Manchester Astronomical Society

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Our friends over at the Manchester Astronomical Society have a new research paper out about using moonlight to understand the mineralogy and geological makeup of the surface of the Moon. —————— Polarimetry of moonlight: a new method for determining the refractive index … 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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Meteorites: photographs of the solar system

Planetary scientists are often found droning on about meteorites, but what makes them so interesting and useful to study? To explain this, we have to understand what a meteorite actually represents to scientists. This can be most easily described by … Continue reading

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Houston we have a problem…Nat is here!!!

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Sorry about the title guys, had to be done at some point. Anyways hello from Houston everyone! And oh my is it hot!!! I have been here 4 weeks already (time flies when you’re having fun and working hard of … Continue reading

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outReaching the new generation of planetary scientists

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Hello readers!! This past month Sarah, Mark and myself have had the pleasure of being involved in two secondary school visits to SEAES, both year 8 classes. Now I say pleasure but being both mine and Marks first school visits, … Continue reading

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Halogens within the Earth and Solar System

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Halogens have been a widely underutilized geochemical tool. Only now are we seeing the potential that halogens have to answer deep unresolved questions like How did they Earth form from meteorites? And how does the Earths volatiles get transported and stored. The … Continue reading

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Using these “lasers” we punch a hole…

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Austin Power’s nemesis Dr Evil was always up to no good, punching holes in ‘the protective layer around the Earth, which we scientists call the “Ozone Layer”’ with his ‘sophisticated heat beam which we called a “laser”’. Of course we … Continue reading

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