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New Group Paper: Investigating the geochemical preservation of 3 billion-year-old microfossils

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Carbonaceous microstructures resembling micro-organisms have been reported from numerous Archean formations (the Archean period ranges between 2.5 and 4.0 billion years ago). However, unequivocally identifying microfossils and their associated metabolism is not trivial in ancient rocks, notably because billions of … Continue reading

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An Insight into Crater Counting

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This blog post has been written by Prof. Jamie Gilmour —————————————————————————————————————– Wednesday 1st November 2017 was our first ever “Insight into Planetary Science” event, a day when we invite school sixth formers (16-18 year olds) to visit our department (SEES) … Continue reading

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Research presented at the Goldschmidt 2017 Conference

Several group members are off to Paris at the end of this week for the international Goldschmidt 2017 geochemistry and cosmochemistry conference. The following research will be presented by group members: Process of Volatile Addition to Earth Revealed by Halogens … Continue reading

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New Group Paper: Impact Shock State of the Lunar Highlands

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The Moon is approximately ~4.5 billion years old.  During this time it has experienced significant bombardment from asteroids and comets. Such high-velocity bombardment causes damage to the local bedrock through the passing of high pressure shock waves during the impact … 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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New Group Papers about the Behaviour of Fluids on the Parent Bodies of Ordinary Chondrite Meteorites

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Rhian Jones ————————————————————————— Ordinary chondrites are the most common type of meteorite that lands on the Earth. They are pieces of asteroids that were knocked free by collisions, and then wandered … Continue reading

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New Group Paper about the Origin of Chondrules

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Rhian Jones —————————————— Chondrules are small round stony beads that are the main component of chondrite meteorites. They date to within about 2 million years of the formation of the solar … 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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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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