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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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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2017

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It’s almost that time of year again… Planetary Scientists around the world are busy collecting those final bits of data and then preparing talks and posters before hopping on a plane to Houston because the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science … 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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Lunar Meteorites – where are they all?

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Last week we received the news that one of our group members and collaborators have been funded to go meteorite hunting in Antarctica (read more about it here). The expedition is focused around the missing iron meteorites; compared to the other … Continue reading

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New Group paper: The I-Xe chronometer and its constraints on the accretion and evolution of planetesimals

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Q: How do we date the sequence and timing of events in the early solar system? A: Using radiometric dating. Most of you have probably heard of carbon dating, which relies of the radioactive decay of one form of carbon, … 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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Comets: Atmospheres, water, and life?

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Comets may have brought the water that gave rise to the oceans, the atmosphere, and potentially life to Earth. 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 about ‘Miller Range 11100 Meteorite: a Piece of Asteroid Vesta’

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The following blog post has been written by Tim Gregory, who is undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol. Tim is a recent graduate of our MSci Geology with Planetary Science degree programme, and his new paper, just published in … Continue reading

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