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So hot right now: A tale of two lovers

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau Popocatepetl - more colloquially known as “Popo” – means “smoking mountain” and is an active volcano just 60 km from Mexico City (Figure 1) with 20 million people living within this catchment area. It stands right next... Continue Reading →

So Hot Right Now: Volcanology 101

Amber L. Madden-Nadeau A volcano is defined as “a naturally occurring vent or fissure at the Earth's surface through which erupt molten, solid, and gaseous materials”.  Volcanoes come in many different shapes and sizes and have many different eruptive styles. They... Continue Reading →

Traces in the sand

Brooke Jonson What can you learn about an ancient world just by looking at the rocks?  Quite a lot as it happens. In 2011, I was patrolling a childhood fossiling location when I found the slab in figure 1. I... Continue Reading →

A Chronology of Granddads

Brooke Johnson One of the challenges of studying Earth Sciences is trying to get people to understand the concept of deep time. To colleagues in archaeology 10,000 years is a long time, but the Earth is around 4.5 billion years... Continue Reading →

Meet the… Geologist

Name: Brooke Johnson Age: 34 Year of Study: 2nd Department: Earth Sciences Research Group: Chemical Sedimentology What are you researching: I am attempting to quantify the effects of fluctuating oxygen levels (aka unstable redox) in marine environments on the ecosystems within them them, over very long... Continue Reading →

Deep rocks at high altitude

Anna Bidgood This summer I spent a month working in the Indian Himalayas, looking at rocks that have been subducted to depths of 100 km beneath the surface of the earth. These rocks are known as Ultra-High-Pressure (UHP) rocks and... Continue Reading →

The Restless Ape

Brooke Johnson I watched a fantastic video (linked below) where Carl Sagan quotes Herman Melville in Moby Dick: “I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas...” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH3c1QZzRK4 It got me to thinking about... Continue Reading →

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