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Platinum group elements, layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions and halogens: A tale of two field campaigns…

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The platinum group elements (PGEs: ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium and platinum) are vital to many modern industrial processes, most notably in fuel production and vehicle emission control (i.e. catalytic converters), as well as key components in numerous forms of … Continue reading

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New group paper about the chemical signatures of volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles

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Blog post written by Dr Heye Freymuth about his new paper published in Geology ———————————————————– Ancient sediments in the magma sources of volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles Volcanoes on Earth are made of solidified magma that is usually produced within the … 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: When is a komatiite not a komatiite?

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This post has been written by group member Dr Brian O’Driscoll about a new research paper published by the Journal of the Geological Society (London) —————————————– Komatiites are ultrabasic lavas, erupted at liquidus temperatures approaching 1600°C. With a handful of exceptions, they … 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 group paper: New lunar meteorites revealing the history of the Moon’s crust

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The following blog has been written by our colleague Abigail Calzada-Diaz from Birkbeck College about a new collaborative paper between Birkbeck College, the Univeristy of Manchester and the Natural History Musuem London published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Most of what we … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Shower August 2016 – tonight!

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Early morning of 12th August 2016 – for those of you in the northern hemisphere with clear skies (good luck Manchester folks!) you should be treated to a bumper show of shooting stars from the annual Perseids meteor shower. Earth … Continue reading

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The past, present, and future of China’s deep-space exploration

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Today’s blog has been written by PhD student Xiaojia Zeng who is visiting our research group on a scholarship from the the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Xiaojia is researching the geological evolution of several lunar meteorites. Below he outlines Chinese planetary … Continue reading

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What have we learnt from lunar exploration?

There is a new interactive way to explore the Moon! The European Space Agency (ESA) have gathered a range of lunar scientists and exploration experts from across Europe to talk about what we know about the Moon from exploring with robotic … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2016

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This time last week most of the country was enjoying an extra day off work. Some of us were also grateful for the extra day to get over jet lag before going back to work, having just returned from the … Continue reading

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