Category Archives: Space

New group paper: Old formation ages of igneous clasts on the L chondrite parent body reflect an early generation of planetesimals or chondrule formation

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The Barwell meteorite is the largest British meteorite. It was seen to fall over Leicestershire on Christmas eve (24th December) 1965, and a total mass of 44 kg has been recovered. The interesting thing about Barwell is that it contains … Continue reading

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New group paper: Halogens in chondritic meteorites and terrestrial accretion

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Patricia Clay ——————————————————————————- Reduced salt is key in Earth’s new recipe  How the Earth acquired its volatile elements, like water, has long interested scientists because they are important in influencing not … 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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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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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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New group paper: Granular avalanches on the Moon: Mass-wasting conditions, processes and features

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This blog was written by Prof. Peter Kokelaar (formally Liverpool University) and Ricci Bahia (University of Manchester SEES PhD student) about a new paper published in JGR-Planets.  —————————————————————- The Moon is believed to have formed from the same giant impact event that … Continue reading

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80th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Greeting form Albuquerque! It’s about 7:45 am here, and thanks to jetlag I’ve been awake several hour already. I haven’t ventured outside yet, but it is going to be hot. It’s summer, and that means it is confence season. Our … Continue reading

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New Group Paper: Meteorites from the lunar highlands

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The Apollo missions visited 6 geologically complex sites of interest on the lunar surface during the 1969-1972 period and brought back around 382 kg of samples back to Earth for analysis. This amount of material has provided an idea of how … Continue reading

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The Moon: Putting an end to “been there, done that”.

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“Surely there is nothing left to learn from the Moon?” As a lunar scientist this is one of the easiest questions to answer, along with “the Moon landings were faked weren’t they?” NO, the Moon landings were not faked. NO … Continue reading

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