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Postgraduate Open Day - at Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

The open day is a chance for prospective students for taught and research postgraduate degrees (MSc, MRes, PhD) to find out more about UCL's courses, as well as to meet potential tutors. It's also an opportunity to visit UCL's campus and see if this is the place for you. More...

Published: Nov 26, 2015 8:26:00 PM

Sowerby Book by P. Henderson

James Sowerby: the Enlightenment’s natural historian.

Who wanted to know about the science of minerals, meteorites and fossils? Quite a lot of people – including Humphry Davy, William Wollaston, William Smith and Joseph Banks – at the turn of the eighteenth century. A key player in meeting their needs was James Sowerby (1757-1822) who had the skills and resources to discover, illuminate and inform as well as being the focus of a network of active natural historians. Sowerby is often overlooked as a major contributor but that is a mistake. He might have lacked the social status of many scientists but he produced a remarkable body of original work that is still applicable to the present day. The first full biography of Sowerby by Paul Henderson is now published, is well illustrated and gives a fascinating insight into the science of those times. More...

Published: Nov 26, 2015 1:26:00 PM


Maps of Arctic sea ice thickness.

Maps of Arctic sea ice thickness are again available in near real time from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, based on measurements acquired by the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite mission (Figure 1). This operational dataset, which aids maritime activities in ice infested waters and improves scientific understanding of the Polar Regions, has been paused since May because melt ponds on sea ice hamper the detection of sea ice thickness during summer.

Published: Nov 17, 2015 5:26:00 PM

2015-10-10Earth Science week 2015 Displays

Earth Science Week 2015.

As part of the International Earth Science Week 2015, UCL Earth Sciences and UCL PACE (Public and Cultural Engagement) presented a special pop-up exhibition exploring the age of one of the most geologically diverse places on Earth - the British Isles.  The Earth Science Week is a yearly event run since 2011 and coordinated by the Geological Society with events all over the UK and Ireland.  More...

Published: Oct 23, 2015 5:26:00 PM


Fun with Minerals.

Hello there, I’m Nadine Gabriel and I’ve been working with the UCL Geology Collections for just over a year. Towards the end of the summer holidays, I was given the chance to audit the thousands of mineral specimens in the Rock Room to ensure that we have a record of what is (and isn’t) in the collection. While auditing the collection, I handled a wide variety of specimens and learnt about new minerals and their classification – I’ve come across so many minerals that I’ve never heard of, even after doing two years of geology. But the best thing about working with the collection was saying ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ every time I saw a nice shiny mineral. More...

Published: Oct 7, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Max Hay Award 2016

Mineralogical Society- Max Hay Medal award.

Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann was awarded the Max Hey Medal of the Mineralogical Society for 2016. The award is given "to recognise existing and ongoing research of excellent carried out by young workers, within the fields of either Mineralogy, Crystallography, Petrology or Geochemistry. The award of this medal was founded in 1993 and named in honour of the eminent British mineralogist Dr M.H. Hey (1904–1984). More...

Published: Oct 6, 2015 5:26:00 PM


The Earth has rusted heart.

"No one knows precisely what the composition of the center of the Earth is. This is one of the best kept secrets of our planet as mankind has never reached deeper than 12 km below its surface." writes  Tristan Vey in Le Figaro. In fact only laboratory experiments, seismological analysis and thermodynamic models can help us get a better understanding of this mysterious inner core. These show the existence of a liquid metallic outer core with a diameter of about 5000 km that contains a “small” and spinning solid inner core about 2400 km wide. While this solid part is almost exclusively composed of iron-nickel alloy (with a 16/1 ratio), seismological surveys have shown that the surrounding environment of liquified metal contains significant quantities of lighter elements such as sulphur, carbon, silicon as well as oxygen. But in what proportion?  More...

Published: Sep 24, 2015 3:26:00 PM

Arctic Melt

Processes controlling top, bottom and lateral melt of Arctic sea ice.

Coupled climate models have partly failed to predict the remarkable acceleration in the retreat of Arctic sea ice since the mid 1970s. Michel Tsamados with colleagues from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at Reading University use a bottom-up approach: including new physics in a stand alone (uncoupled) version of the Los Alamos CICE sea ice model, which in turn can be used in ocean-sea ice coupled models and fully coupled climate models. With thorough validation of the models against observations this methodology can contribute to significantly reduce the model response uncertainty in the next round of General Circulation Models (GCMs) results, CMIP6. More...

Published: Sep 7, 2015 10:26:00 AM


The core thermal history - it is cooling more quickly than assumed.

Joined study published in Nature Geoscience with UCL contributors:  Monica Pozzo and Dario Alfe. More...

Published: Sep 2, 2015 10:26:00 AM

2015 - Arctic study

Cool summer of 2013 boosted Arctic sea ice

The lead author of the Nature paper, PhD student Rachel Tilling, talks about her scientific findings.  More...

Published: Jul 22, 2015 10:26:00 AM