Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology

EGU23 Thursday Highlights

EGU23 Thursday Highlights

It is Thursday, a bit more than halfway through your EGU-GA 23, and there are many interesting sessions, talks and posters to check out!

If you are like me and tend to start feeling conference fatigue around this time, you will appreciate some of these highlights. Let me guide you through the Thursday sessions. Usually, about this time, I also take the opportunity to wander around the exhibition hall, talking to the exhibitors about job opportunities, new instruments that are coming out soon, checking the Associations and Societies’ representatives and take the opportunity to have those informal chats. You have the list of exhibitors here, but nothing like wandering around and seeing what your little eyes can spy.
There are many things going on today, so I will list only some of the things that may interest you GMPV heads.

Data driven discovery in mineralogy and geochemistry: Data resources, analytics, and visualization. This session starts at 08h30 and while the title may be slightly overwhelming for a pre- coffee break session, you will be positively surprised by the talks, with a lot on innovative data treatment approaches. There is a lot on machine learning, including a talk by ECS Chuntao Liu on the Emergence of continental crust revealed by machine learning. Head yourself to room 0.15.

If instead you are more of a subduction-type of person, you may want to grab a seat in room D1 for the session Initiation and evolution of subduction: dynamics, volatiles and melts from the surface to the deep mantle. The mega session is taking place during morning and afternoon, from 08h30 and until 15:45, co-organized by GMPV/SM/TS. You’ll have coffee and lunch breaks, and there is a lot going on. Don’t miss the highlight talk in the 08h30 block by Philip Heron with the title The role of subduction in the formation of Pangean oceanic large igneous provinces.

Our own Jesse Walters (GMPV social media team) is convening a session today on the Recent advances in computational petrology and geochemical data analysis (co-sponsored by IAMG). This session is taking place at 10:45-12:30 in room 0.15 and posters between 14:00 and 15:45. I think that all the talks are of great interest to our community, but I will highlight the one at 12:00 by Rich Taylor about Reimagining automated mineralogy for the 21st century, mostly because of the wide applications of ZEISS’s latest developments on this topic.

At the same time, the GMPV session Volcano monitoring and imaging with networks is running in room 2.91. The session includes in situ monitoring and high-resolution remote sensing studies that resolve volcanic systems ranging from near-surface hydrothermal activity to deep magma migration.

You have our Division Meeting between 12:45 and 13:45 in room D1. So, go over there and grab your lunch (lunch is provided!) to hear about the current activities of the EGU and specifically of the GMPV team (from the ECS too!). You will have the opportunity to express your gratitude to the outgoing Division President Marian Holness and welcome the incoming President Holly Stein. I am sure it will be worth your time. Make your way there!

How not to tell you to check out the session GMPV6.2 Garnet, the ultimate tool in petrology convened by Silvio Ferrero et al? Posters start at 14:00 and the discussion will move on to room 0.14 between 16:15 and 18:00. The solicited talk takes place at 16:20 by Hans-Joachim Massone – and what a title! – Garnet, a marvellous mineral for deriving P-T paths of metamorphic rocks, but what are the pitfalls and limitations? And because it is a bit “out of the box”, and presented by an ECS, stay for the 17:30 talk by Jan Schönig on Detrital garnet petrology challenges Paleoproterozoic UHP metamorphism in Western Greenland. We all love a bit of controversy, don’t we?

If you have been following our posts, you already know that the GMPV Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal Lecture is taking place today, at 19:00 in room D2 by our awardee Susan L. S. Stipp. The talk title is Mineral-Fluid reactivity: the action is at the interface. Even if it is not your cup of tea, make way, as it has all the ingredients to collect great reaction!

Don’t forget to go around the Hall to look at the amazing posters there. Probably the most convenient thing is to highlight the posters that may appeal to you first, so you don’t get lost! Morning, afternoon and evening, make your picks.

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I am a Research Fellow, working on improving petrogeochemical tools using accessory minerals such as titanite and rutile. I am interested to develop tools that allow us to assess metamorphic conditions from detrital minerals and improve our understanding on the evolution of crustal geothermal gradients through time. I love books. I love nature. I love Earth Sciences.

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