Latest News and Events
2015 Careers Fair - 29th January
Publication date: 27 January 2015
Geophysics Price Medal awarded to Prof Brodholt
Publication date: 27 January 2015
On Friday 9 January the Royal Astronomical Society announced the Society’s medals and awards for 2015. The prizes honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy and geophysics. The recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the 2015 National Astronomy Meeting, which will be held in Llandudno during July.
World's Biggest Landslide Floated Like a Hovercraft
Publication date: 21 January 2015
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.
Arctic sea ice level recovery in 2014
Publication date: 19 December 2014
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.
NERC funded PhD Opportunities
Publication date: 12 December 2014
MSci students join international research project in Chile.
Publication date: 8 December 2014
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
Science meets Theatre to talk about Climate
Publication date: 14 November 2014
ROYAL COURT PRESENTS DAY OF ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE ON 15 NOVEMBER AROUND 2071
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.
ESA High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee
Publication date: 3 November 2014
Prof Chris Rapley is the Chair of Director General’s High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee at European Space Agency (HISPAC).
Festival of Geology 2014
Publication date: 27 October 2014
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’.
The Neftex Earth Model Award:
Publication date: 22 October 2014
and the first prize goes to ...... Rhys Shea.
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’.