News from the Earth Sciences
The Heart Mountain landslide of northwest Wyoming is the largest known
sub-aerial landslide on Earth. During its emplacement more than 2000 km3 of Paleozoic sedimentary and Eocene volcanic rocks slid >45 km
on a basal detachment surface dipping 2°, leading to 100 yr of debate
regarding the emplacement mechanisms. "Even I have a hard time visualizing a mountain moving 50 kilometers, but you can move it if the friction is low enough," said lead
study author Tom Mitchell.
Published: Jan 21, 2015 4:32:48 PM
Despite a well-documented ~40% decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent
since the late 1970’s, it has been difficult to estimate trends in sea
ice volume because thickness observations have been spatially incomplete
and temporally sporadic. While numerical models suggest that the
decline in extent has been accompanied by a reduction in volume, there
is considerable disagreement over the rate at which this has occurred.
Published: Dec 19, 2014 12:12:08 PM
This is an exciting opportunity for students with an interest in the deep Earth to become part of a large consortium of UK and international researchers funded by NERC. More...
Published: Dec 12, 2014 10:15:00 AM
As part of their independent research project two MSci
students, Joe Potten and Rebecca Pearce are taking part in a larger 4-year Chilean-funded project involving Tom Mitchell
(UCL), Jose Cembrano and Gonzalo Yanez ,both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This project aims to
focus on the nature and tectono-magmatic significance of transverse crustal
structures in the Andes, with some selected case studies from the Southern
Published: Dec 8, 2014 5:27:00 PM
2071 is a Royal Court play with Prof Chris Rapley, our climate scientist who is presenting his position on climate change. Together with playwright Duncan Macmillian, Chris has created a 70-minute play. He is the co-writer and performer delivering emotion-free, full of sobering facts monologue.
Published: Nov 14, 2014 5:09:10 PM
This committee was created to address the issue of promoting and advising on the creation of a Science-led One ESA. The committee identified four grand sciences themes: Terrestrial and Cosmic Climate; Understanding Gravity, Life in the Universe and the Cosmic Radiation and Magnetism. More...
Published: Nov 3, 2014 5:28:26 PM
The annual Festival of Geology will take place on Saturday 1 November at UCL with filed trips on Sunday 2nd November. For this year we have invited Professor Peter Styles who will talk about 'Shale Gas: What the frack is that all about!?' Richard Edmonds will follow with the presentation about ‘Fossils and fossil collecting along the Jurassic Coast’. For the afternoon session we have scheduled two talks one by Professor Iain Stewart - ‘Planet Oil’ and the second one by Dr. Laurance Donnelly - ‘Forensic Geology: The Applications of Geology to Policing and Law Enforcement’. More...
Published: Oct 27, 2014 4:52:06 PM
We are pleased to announce that Rhys Shea, our 2014 MSci graduate has won First Prize in the 2014 Neftex Earth Model Award for his project entitled ‘Effect of Buoyant Flat-Slab Subduction on Surface Plate Kinematics: The Nazca – South American Case Study’. More...
Published: Oct 22, 2014 5:15:07 PM
On 4th November evening, we will be holding the Ice-breaker evening at UCL for the upcoming 'Co-evolution of Life and the Planet – Future perspectives in Earth System Science' conference at the Geological Society of London. More...
Published: Oct 21, 2014 5:09:07 PM
1-5 pm - 17th October 2014 - Rock Room, 1st Floor, South wing UCL More...
Published: Oct 2, 2014 1:12:14 PM