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MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources

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MSc in Global Management natural Resources

New UCL MSc Program in 2016 in collaboration with the Chemical Engineering, School of Management, Earth Sciences and  UCL Australia, and Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia.

Life exploded on Earth after slow rise of oxygen

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Philip Pogge von Standmann

Lead researcher, Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann explains how the evolution of life links to the evolution of our climate.

Viscosity jump in Earth’s mid-mantle.

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Modeled upwellings

Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni and Colleagues publish their latest finding in Science.

A new examination of the Earth’s shape (non-hydrostatic geoid) with modern statistical techniques has revealed that the viscosity of Earth’s mantle increases by a factor of 10-100 but at depths far greater than previously thought. The jump occurs at around 1000 km, far deeper than expected based on the structure of Earth’s minerals. The new finding explains the stagnation of slabs and deflection of plumes seen in recent 3-D imaging of Earth’s mantle by seismic waves.

Quantifying the link between weathering and past CO2 levels.

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Philip Pogge von Strandmann has been awarded a €2M European Research Council Consolidator grant.

UCL Geosciences Masters students examine interval of extreme climate change.

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Msc class

Masters students in Earth Sciences are examining a replica of an ocean core.

The Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) was an interval of extreme global warmth, with elevated temperatures at the tropics and high latitudes. Arctic temperatures were greater than 20oC. At University College London masters students in Earth Sciences are examining a replica of an ocean core from the South Atlantic Ocean. This core was collected by the Ocean Drilling Program (now called the International Ocean Discovery Program). The sedimentary changes reflect dramatic variations in the Earth’s climate. During the PETM ocean acidification occurred, impacting the depth in the ocean that carbonate dissolves.

James Sowerby: the Enlightenment’s natural historian.

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Sowerby Book by P. Henderson

New book by Prof Paul Henderson - a fascinating artistic and historical, first full biography of Sowerby.

Chilean Mining Minister visits UCL.

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Chile Mining

Stephen Edwards of the Hazard Centre initiates UCL links with the Mining Ministry of Chile. 

Dr Stephen Edwards of the UCL Hazard Centre initiated a visit to UCL of the Mining Minister of Chile, Aurora Williams, which took place on 13 October 2015 and was coordinated through the UCL Office for International Affairs. The visit was made possible through Stephen’s contacts in UK Trade & Investment and the Chilean Embassy in London. The Minister first met with Dame Nicola Brewer, UCL Vice-Provost (International), and then Stephen chaired a roundtable discussion with the Minister’s delegation and UCL academics and Chilean postgraduate students. Discussion focused on the main challenges currently facing the mining sector in Chile, namely energy, water, tailings, natural disasters and community relations. Stephen will follow up on this initial discussion when he joins the UCL delegation to Chile in early December as part of his UCL-Santander Catalyst Award, which aims to build a network of experts dealing with the risks posed by natural and environmental hazards in Chile in order to generate productive research and training links with UCL. The initial focus will be the Earth and environmental sciences and people interested in this initiative should contact Stephen Edwards.

Maps of Arctic sea ice thickness.

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Rachel Tiling researches the near real time Arctic sea ice thickness measurements from CryoSat-2 satellite.

Earth Science Week 2015.

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2015-10-10Earth Science week 2015 Displays

The Age of the British Isles: Come on a date with UCL Earth Sciences #UCLESDating!

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. 

Fun with Minerals.

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Nadine Gabriel our Geology student writes about her involvement in UCL Public and Cultural Engagement.

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