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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

Shields-Nature Communication

Animals breathe freely for the first time 520 million-years ago.

Joined study published in Nature Communications shows that the 'Cambrian explosion' was in step with the expansion of oxygenated bottom waters in the global ocean.   More...

Published: Jul 9, 2015 10:26:00 AM


Outreach Event: I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

Prof Lidunka Vočadlo will be joining the Extreme Force Zone to answer students’ questions. Event runs: 15 -26th of June. More...

Published: Jun 4, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Chris Poole

Linking genetic and fossil data of marine zooplankton

The recently released paper published in the open access online journal PLoS ONE reveals the existence of two distinct lineages in the planktonic foraminifera genus Globigerinoides using molecular genetic evidence from extant members of the genus and morphometric (shape analysis) evidence from fossil representatives. More...

Published: Jun 3, 2015 10:26:00 AM