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MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources
Publication date: 22 December 2015
Life exploded on Earth after slow rise of oxygen
Publication date: 18 December 2015
Viscosity jump in Earth’s mid-mantle.
Publication date: 11 December 2015
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.
Publication date: 11 December 2015
Philip Pogge von Strandmann has been awarded a €2M European Research Council Consolidator grant.
UCL Geosciences Masters students examine interval of extreme climate change.
Publication date: 7 December 2015
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.
Publication date: 26 November 2015
Chilean Mining Minister visits UCL.
Publication date: 25 November 2015
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.
Publication date: 17 November 2015
Earth Science Week 2015.
Publication date: 23 October 2015
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.
Publication date: 7 October 2015