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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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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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