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New group paper: QEMSCAN as a method of semi-automated crystal size distribution analysis: Insights from Apollo 15 mare basalts

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The journey a magma takes through the crust and during eruptive processes has been well studied on Earth in places such as in Iceland and Hawaii. However, magmatism is a fundamental planetary-scale process that occurs on many rocky bodies throughout … Continue reading

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National Student Space Conference

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Over the weekend, I attended the 32nd National Student Space Conference, at the University of Birmingham. The event takes place every March and is run by UKSEDS, the society of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. There’s a … Continue reading

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Bubble Experiments at Durham University

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Back in August, I spent 2 weeks with Durham University’s volcanology research group, devising and conducting some experiments. In a nutshell, I was looking at how bubbles behave in a non-Newtonian fluid called hydroxyethyl cellulose solution (HEC solution hereafter), and … Continue reading

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A new LA-ICP-MS lab in Manchester

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Exciting times in Manchester! A few months ago we were awarded a grant by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council to equip ourselves with a new piece of kit. The system comprises an excimer laser (LA) hooked up to … Continue reading

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Introductions from our 1st Year PhD students

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Over the past few months, 3 PhD students have joined our research group. Read on to see what projects they’ll be working on during the next 3 years and to find out about upcoming PhD projects starting in 2019. Marissa … Continue reading

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Earth and Solar System on Instagram

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Just a quick post to let you know that we’re branching out into the world of Instagram – so if you like pictures of rocks, space rocks, and general earth and planetary science related goodness why not checkout our new … Continue reading

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“Manchester, this is Houston. Do you copy?” Part Two

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As mentioned in a previous blog post (“Manchester this is Houston. Do you copy?”) Sam and I spent 10 weeks of our summer at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston Texas partaking in a graduate internship program. However, … Continue reading

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“Manchester, this is Houston. Do you copy?”

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This summer, Ben and I are taking part in the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas. We arrived at the end of May to start the 10-week program which is open … Continue reading

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New group paper: Chlorine isotope composition of Apollo 14 lunar rocks

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Chlorine belongs to a group of elements known as the halogens, which are important tracers to investigate questions related to planet formation processes or habitability, for example (more on that in this previous blog entry on halogens in chondrite meteorites). … Continue reading

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