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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...

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...

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Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory



Experimental & theoretical rock physics, ice mechanics & petrologyapplied to planetary dynamics, geohazards, sub-surface reservoirs & ice sheets

The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory (RIPL) at UCL is a major research facility which forms part of the Earth Sciences Department. RIPL has over 15 members and consists of 11 laboratories, housing over £4M of research equipment., supported by over £2 million of current peer-reviewed funding. The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory has a unique breadth of experience and ability to design and build its own experimental apparatus.

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We study the physical behaviour of ice and rocks that make up the surface and interior of the Earth, and other solid bodies in the solar system, so as to constrain the dynamic, tectonic and environmental processes of planetary evolution. Our research is nationally unique and multi-disciplinary, being based on experiment and theory.