Sun, sea and Sediment Sampling II: 1000 meters of mud

Brooke Johnson, with help from, and apologies to, Dr Rosalie Tostevin Day 3 – Feeling more refreshed after our journey to the southern hemisphere, we set out to the NTGS core facility in Winnellie, just outside Darwin. Here the lush tropical coastal environment quickly gives way to scrubby desert. Between the buildings of the trading... Continue Reading →


Déjà vu, warming again! Lessons from the Cretaceous

Ritwika Sengupta It is now widely established scientific fact that our planet is currently warming due to anthropogenic influences on our atmosphere, mainly from burning of fossil fuels in the last few hundreds of years. Studying natural warming events from our planet’s past gives us a way of trying to understand how earth systems react... Continue Reading →

A polarising view of the past

Brooke Jonson The water lapping the shore is warm and relaxing, and the Tethys ocean – which later in the year will be wracked with hurricanes that will scour the sea bed and dump new sediment along the beach – is currently calm. The sand along the shore of this small tropical island, one of... Continue Reading →

China’s Dusty History

Kaja Fenn Loess deposits are a type of sediment formed from tiny dust particles. They can cover hundreds of square kilometres and are found worldwide. The really cool thing about these deposits, and one of their more prominent characteristics, is their cyclicality. They alternate in colour - yellow, red, yellow, red, and so on… The... Continue Reading →

So Hot Right Now: Triggered

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau The explosion of Krakatau in 1883 attracted a significant amount of attention, as discussed in my previous blog: The Explosive Roars of Krakatau. You would be forgiven, therefore, for believing that we’ve discovered all there is to know about one of the world’s most famous volcanoes and its most explosive eruption. However,... Continue Reading →

So hot right now: My first volcano

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau As we approached Krakatau by boat, it was hard to believe that this was the site of the catastrophic eruption in 1883 that killed around 35,000 people. All of the islands were very much alive: green and forested, containing all manner of wildlife (Figure 1). The birds were singing and giant lizards... Continue Reading →

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