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Will Hutchison

Will Hutchison is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences (University of St Andrews). He uses a range of geophysical and geochemical techniques to understand the causes and consequences of magmatism and volcanic activity. Will is currently working as part of the HiTech AlkCarb consortium investigating the roof zones of alkaline magmatic systems in Greenland.

The Fractional Crystallization Freak Zone

The Fractional Crystallization Freak Zone

A large majority of igneous rocks on Earth are formed by a process known as fractional crystallization (summarized in the diagram below). To understand this process, start by imagining a large liquid magma (melt) body. As we cool the magma, mineral phases become stable and crystals start to form. The newly formed minerals are likely to have a very different density from the magma causing them to f ...[Read More]

Welcome to the new GMPV blog!

Welcome to the new GMPV blog!

Welcome to the brand-new blog for the EGU Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV) Division! The aim of this blog is to provide a unique space for all mineral geeks, volcanophiles and rocking chemists to tell the world about their latest research and exciting new ideas! The GMPV Division covers a huge range of themes including: the nature, composition, structure of the Earth’s ...[Read More]